Rallies Planned to Celebrate Supreme Court Ruling
Advocate, June 27, 2003
Celebrations in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s
striking down of Texas’s antigay sodomy law—and thereby all remaining
sodomy laws on the books in 12 other states—have been planned in cities
across the country. All events listed below are for Thursday, June 26, unless
Atlanta: Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the
Atlanta LGBT and allied community will hold a “Lick for Liberty” reception
at Jake’s Ice Creams & Sorbets, 970 Piedmont Ave. (near 10th and
Piedmont), at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Lambda Legal at (404)
897-1880 or on its Web site at www.lambdalegal.org.
Austin: Celebration in Republic Square Park with speakers
including LGBT community leaders and Texas lawmakers (past and present) at
6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. For more
information, go to www.lgrl.org/lawrence.
Boston: A celebration at Copley Square at 6:30 p.m.,
cosponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, QueerToday.com, and
the Freedom to Marry Coalition of Massachusetts (www.equalmarriage.org).
For more information, E-mail Thoppe@NGLTF.org;
phone Trevor Hoppe at (617) 492-6393; or go online to www.QueerToday.com
Charleston, S.C.: A meeting at the offices of the
Alliance for Full Acceptance, 1818 Elsie Drive, at 7 p.m. Cosponsors: AFFA and
the Lowcountry Gay and Lesbian Alliance.
Chicago: A gathering at the corner of Halsted and Roscoe
at 7 p.m. Cosponsored by the Chicago Anti-Bashing Network and Equality
Illinois. For more info, send E-mail to CABNstopthehate@aol.com;
phone (888) 471-0874; or go online at www.cabn.org.
Cleveland: A celebration at 5:30 p.m. sponsored by the
Lesbian/Gay Community Center of Greater Cleveland. Location to be determined.
For more info, go online to www.lgcsc.org,
phone (216) 651-LGBT or (888) GAY-8761, or send E-mail to email@example.com.
Columbia, S.C.: An informational meeting at the Gay and
Lesbian Community Center, 1108 Woodrow at 7 p.m. Info: South Carolina Gay and
Lesbian Pride Movement, (803) 771-7713.
Dallas: A gathering with many prominent local speakers at
the Main Parking Lot, John Thomas Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 2701
Reagan St. (at Brown), at 5:45 p.m. Info: call Lambda Legal, (214) 219-8585.
Detroit: A gathering at the federal courthouse, 231 W.
Lafayette, at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Triangle Foundation. Info: (313)
Fairbanks, Alaska: A gathering at the intersection of
University Avenue and Geist at 7 p.m. Sponsor: Midnight Sun United Church. For
more information, call (907) 456-2516 or E-mail FairbanksLT@yahoo.com.
Galveston, Tex.: A gathering in front of the county
courthouse on 21st street at 5 p.m. Organized by the Galveston Stonewall
Democrats. For more information, send E-mail to Galveston@stonewalldemocratics.org.
Houston: A gathering on the steps of City Hall (901 Bagby)
at 5 p.m. Join John Lawrence and Tyron Garner for this important occasion.
Speakers will include GLBT leaders, lawyers, and public officials. Info:
Contact Mitchell Katine at (713) 981-9595 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lawrence, Kan.: Queers and Allies of Kansas are
sponsoring three events: a Speak Out forum on Saturday for people to share
their views on sodomy laws; a “parade of information” on Mass Street
following the rally; and a Freedom Celebration party on July 2. For more info,
go online to www.ku.edu/~qanda/sodomy/
or contact Queers and Allies by E-mailing email@example.com.
Los Angeles/West Hollywood: A celebration at the West
Hollywood Auditorium (located on San Vicente between Santa Monica and Melrose)
at 7 p.m. Many influential activists, city officials, and lawmakers will
attend and speak at the event. Rally info, contact: Ryan Gierach (323)
650-2879 or Ryan.G@Journalist.com.
Press contact: Ivy Bottini (323) 574-4407 or Irene71@aol.com.
Miami: A rally sponsored by SAVE Dade, at the American
Legion Bar, 6445 N.E. Seventh Ave., Miami, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more
information, please contact: Jacqueline Baker, 305.751.7283, GreenJacqueline@yahoo.com,
New Orleans: A gathering at Lafayette Park (across from
the federal courthouse) at 6 p.m. For more information call Courtney Shark at
(504) 669-7508, or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
New York: A gathering at Stonewall Park (Seventh Avenue
at Christopher Street) at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Queers for Peace and Justice
NYC. Info: QueersForPeaceAndJustice@yahoo.com
Oklahoma City: A rally sponsored by the Stonewall
Democrats of Central Oklahoma and GAYOKC.COM at the Finishline at the Habana
Inn in Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. To keep updated go to GAYOKC.COM
Palm Springs, Calif.: A rally sponsored by the Stonewall
Democrats of Palm Springs on Arenas Road at 7 p.m. For information, phone
(760) 320-5787 or E-mail email@example.com
Philadelphia: PLGTF Year 25 Equality and Justice Public
Forum on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions re: the Texas sodomy law and the
Michigan affirmative action cases, 6 p.m. sharp to 8 p.m., Monday, June 30, at
the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. (accessible, parking lots available). For
information: (215) 241-7000 or (215) 772-2000, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pittsburgh: A gathering at Senator Santorum’s office, 1
Station Square, at 5 p.m. For information: David Meieran, (412) 421-7716, email@example.com,
or check out RESYST’s Web site, http://www.thomasmertoncenter.org/resyst/sodomy.
Richmond, Va.: A press conference at the Bell Tower at
the Capitol at 3 p.m. Info: Dyana Mason, Equality Virginia, (804) 643-4816
Salt Lake City: A gathering rally at the Capitol
Building, 4130 State Office Building (at the end of State Street in Salt Lake
City) at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Utah Lawyers for Human Rights (ULHR). For more
information, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Press contact: Marlin Criddle, attorney; E-mail email@example.com,
(801) 474-2299 or cell (801) 661-2623.
San Francisco: A press conference and rally at Harvey
Milk Plaza (Castro and Market streets) at 5 p.m. Many influential activists
and politicians will speak at the event. For more information: (415) 552-6031
Seattle: A gathering on the steps of the federal
courthouse on Fifth Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Cosponsors include Lambda Legal, the
ACLU of Washington, and Seattle LGBT Community Center. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tucson: A gathering across the street from Wingspan LGBT
Community Center, 300 E. Sixth St. (in the parking lot of Muse), at 7 p.m. The
rally is sponsored by Wingspan, the Arizona Human Rights Fund, and the City of
Tucson Commission on GLBT Issues. For more information, contact (520) 624-1779
or visit www.wingspan.org.
Washington, D.C.: A rally at Dupont Circle Park at 7 p.m.
Cosponsored by Queers for Racial and Economic Justice and DC Radical Faeries.
Contact: Jench1977@hotmail.com or
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