politics

National Gay Rights March

Ace reporter Maren Tarro will be covering for the Alibi the National Equality March in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

From the site:

“We are guaranteed equal protection by the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Free and equal people do not bargain for or prioritize our rights, so we are coming to DC this October 10-11th to demand equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. Now.”

Earlier this year, I interviewed vexillographer Gilbert Baker, the man who sewed the first rainbow Pride flag in 1978. When I spoke with him in June, he was already spending hours over his sewing machine in Harlem making banners for October’s D.C. demonstration.

From the article:

"I went back to my roots," Baker says. "I did upgrade to, like, really fabulous silk and sequins. They're stunning in the great tradition of revolution, but they certainly have the detail of a couture evening gown."

This news story says the first march in 1993 drew between 300,000 and 1 million people. This year’s rally will coincide with National Coming Out Day on Sunday, Oct. 11.

If you can’t make it all the way to Washington, Sinatra-DeVine Productions is putting up “Come Out Come Out,” the annual drag revue, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. There are 300 seats left.