For those of us who can't, or choose not to, go to Washington, DC for the National Equality March on October 11, it is still important to join together in calls for action in the quest for fairness, equality and human rights for all.
While much of our energy is focused on the hard and necessary day-to-day work still to be done in our communities and in our states, a message to the president from out here where we are could be an important boost.
So, the idea is simple:
Get a postcard representing your community and send something along the lines of the following message to:
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
I live in [name of town, county, state].
Because of the threats of harassment, violence, and discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and allies, I am often forced to live in silence, and fear, in my own community.
I'm writing to ask you to confirm your commitment to fairness, equality and human rights for all people, be a fierce advocate for change, and keep the promises you made in your inspiring campaign to: pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, expand Hate Crimes legislation, end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act now.
It is time to speak Out In The Silence!
"When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak." -- Audre Lorde