Sunday's march for LGBT equality in Washington DC was a non-stop fest of speech making. From the fantabulous youth to the glorious head of the NAACP to 'Let the sunshine in' (and virtually all stops in-between). It was a Call To Action and then some. It made me teary, it would make anyone who believes in civil rights, human rights, teary.
Here are my tweets (back to front):
- pauloCanning #NEM 'Let the sunshine in' frm Hair perfect finish
- pauloCanning: RT @ChefMark 'A free and Equal people do not tolerate prioritization of their rights. They do not accept compromises' Cleve Jones #NEM
- pauloCanning: #nem Cleve Jones IS the mountaintop!
- pauloCanning: RT @MEGAFamily Urvashi Vaid: 'Battle for the direction of this country' #NEM < she's talkin revolution baby!
- pauloCanning: RT @jdillman http://twitpic.com/l5wjw - @jdillman, @jtrybus #"Homomentum!" #NEM < :}}}
- pauloCanning: #NEM very moved by Julian Bond citing LG he worked alongside in 60s as reason for his solidairty now
- pauloCanning: @SunnyStokes I'm right with you! #NEM She was inspirational
- pauloCanning: Who is Staceyann Chin? #NEM Jamaican superstar http://bit.ly/4xatwu (expand) It takes a poet
- pauloCanning: Michelle Clunie quoting Coretta Scott King #NEM If she were alive she would be there but NAACP head still to come
- pauloCanning: RT @teebalicious I'm old enough to remember the Silence = Death days + I am in love with this beautiful sea of #LGBT people #NEM < say it!
- pauloCanning: #NEM severe drought of older white men on this platform. This is why it's making such an impact
- pauloCanning @Becky_R My pleasure! I'm from UK like Billie Myers, watching on C-Span and so moved by #NEM
- pauloCanning: @Frannyo nope! http://bit.ly/PqY7X (expand) #NEM
- pauloCanning: Katharine Lee Bates, the lesbian who wrote America The Beautiful http://bit.ly/1fzxOs (expand) #NEM
- pauloCanning: RT @AngryQueer America the Beautiful was written by a lesbian - #nem
- pauloCanning: Hah! Billie Myers just said ficking on C-Span! #NEM
- pauloCanning: Lady GaGa 'Obama: ARE YOU LISTENING!!!!' #NEM
- pauloCanning: As LadyGaGa takes stage remember was 11 years ago today, Judy Shepard was watching as Matthew lay in a coma in Fort Collins, Colo. #nem
- pauloCanning: #NEM the announcer reminds me of a character from Best in Show
- pauloCanning: RT @unitethefight Kim Coco Iwamoto, 'Our children are learning to discriminate. Our children are learning how to hate themselves' #NEM
- pauloCanning: @toastedgrrl #NEM I related when he spoke about AIDS and what it was like - many there would be remembering (and honouring)
- pauloCanning BBC reporting already on #NEM http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8301791.stm
- pauloCanning RT @malik_photog dan choi is a powerful speaker. and WORK for quoting kahlil gibran! #NEM
- pauloCanning: #NEM Dan Choi just read a poem in Arabic. Incredible
- pauloCanning: #NEM loudest cheer yet for Judy Sheppard. She is a f*cking saint. 'Evrybody smile. You should be so proud of yrself''
- pauloCanning: Go Cynthia Nixon! #nem
- pauloCanning: RT @unitethefight: More pics of hundreds of thousands on Washington Mall! http://bit.ly/Zlb40 (expand) #NEM < + Lt. Dan Choi
- pauloCanning: #NEM Sam Sussman young straight #equality champion speaking is making me tear up! Wow! 'In our America we will not tolerate prejudice'
- pauloCanning: RT @hardcorps80204 "How many more tears must be shed" David Mixner #NEM
- pauloCanning: @toastedgrrl David Mixner now speaking #nem about the reality of AIDS in the 90s. Incredibly moving
- pauloCanning: RT @rodmccullom #NEM #Latino #gay youth activist Richard Aviles http://twitpic.com/l5bpx //very inspirational < totally!
- pauloCanning: #socitm09 @liz_azyan sorry Liz no follow :' #NEM LGBT Washington march is history, wonderful, amazing speakers
- pauloCanning: #NEM C-span not showing speakers names, find them here > http://bit.ly/49sMT5 (expand) #NEMrally
- pauloCanning: RT @LauraAndRudy WOW, Aiyi'nah Ford (co-host ListenUp internet radio program) is giving one HELL of a speech at #NEM right now!! < she's FAB
- pauloCanning RT @Ameriqueer Just took a pic w/ Cynthia Nixon! http://twitpic.com/l4i4h #NEM #NEMrally
- pauloCanning: RT @jacobbrwr Either the gays are in control of Twitter or the #NEM is actually a big deal. Either way, it's an exciting day < both :]
- pauloCanning: RT @ahideg RT @dcconcierge Now I'm marching at #NEM with Lady GaGa (and her bodyguards)!!! http://twitpic.com/l4yl3
- pauloCanning: So many young people on stage @ #NEM This is wonderful
- pauloCanning: RT @elideep 'I say to Barney Frank, you are out of touch from the seat of power you hold.Does this march matter?' >earth-shaking cheers #NEM
- pauloCanning: RT @just_someguy RT @toastedgrrl: They just called out Barney Frank. #nem - YES THEY SURE AS HELL DID! < Good!
- pauloCanning: #nem #NATIONAL #EQUALITY #DC live now on C-Span http://c-span.org/Watch/C-SPAN_wm.aspx
- pauloCanning: RT @bethannon RT @LAmaleCA: Fox News just estimated the #NEM crowd at 2.5 million people. Congrats, guys! / SRSLY? FOX??
- pauloCanning: RT @veganindigo beautiful RT @dsrbroadway http://twitpic.com/l4oad - There is an actual rainbow above us @broadwayimpact AMAZING!!! #NEM
- pauloCanning: RT @LAmaleCA http://twitpic.com/l55c1 - in my lifetime our marriage was illegal too. #nem #NATIONAL #EQUALITY
Video from the day.
Agree with Andrew Sullivan that this over-view of the day is "a little cheesy" but the visuals are great.
Cynthia Nixon asked 'What is the most important issue?'
The wonderful BRIT Billie Myers - "bisexual and fucking proud of it" - performs 'America the beautiful' with Dave Koz.
March organiser, Harvey Milk's friend, AIDS Quilt creator, Cleve Jones: "If you believe that you are equal then it is time to act like it."
The INCREDIBLE Jamaican-American poet Staceyann Chin: "We have to be willing to fight for more than what makes us comfortable because what makes us human is the acknowledgment of a universal humanity,"
Julian Bond leader of the NAACP, American Civil Rights Movement: "When I am asked 'are gay rights civil rights' my answer is always 'of course they are'."
Andrew Sullivan at the previous evening's HIV/AIDS MEMORIAL Ceremony at The National Equality March: "Seems that gay men are more interested in getting a glimpse of Lady GaGa than remembering 300,000 gay men who died. That makes me very sad."
Urvashi Vaid, long time activist: "We must be prepared to engage in a more profound battle, for the direction of this country."
Straight 18 yo young man Sam Sussman also spoke. He'd won the 'Equality Idol' contest by submitting a YouTube video stating the importance of equal rights for everyone.
The Right Side of History Campaign is a movement of young, inspired Americans who have joined together to heed Sam's call.
A big section of young, some very young, speakers opened the Rally. What an inspiring bunch they were.