by Fiona Morgan
Map and other details are here.
This full press release came this morning from organizers:
Raleigh, NC Media Contact:
Will Elliott, (919) 795-4966
e-mail: NCAgainstH8 [at] gmail [dot] com
Since November 4, 2008, tens of thousands of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community members and their supporters have taken to the streets throughout California to show their outrage at the passage of California Proposition 8, which revokes the right of same-sex couples to marry. Similar discriminatory legislation was passed in Arizona, Arkansas, and Florida, and in response the nationwide LGBT community and its supporters are stepping forward to protest the treatment of LGBT Americans as second-class citizens and to fight for equal rights for all Americans. In a statement released on November 4, the No on 8 Campaign declared, "Victory was not ours today. But the struggle for equality is not over."
On Saturday, November 15, Americans of all sexual orientations – members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer communities, Trans and Intersex people, and their Straight allies – will turn out across America to participate in what could be the largest organized protest movement since the Civil Rights Era. To date, more than 500,000 people have pledged to take part in the nationwide event in front of America's City Halls, State Capitols, and the nation's Capitol Building to make their voices heard. The protest in the Raleigh, NC will take place at 1:30 PM EST at Halifax Mall, 46 E. Lane St. Between Wilmington and Salisbury Streets, north side of the NC Legislature building. Plans may include a march to the Capital Building. Organizers now expect at least 1,000 protestors some from as far as New Bern and Wilmington. “We went to bed on election night excited about a new chapter in American history and woke up the following day as second-class citizens,” said Will Elliott, Local Organizer.
This is not a California issue. This is an issue of equality across America. Stand up and make your voice heard by joining us in DC on November 15 to unite our voices against H8 and other recent legislation that seeks to make second-class citizens of LGBT Americans. The message is simple, yet loud: Equal Rights for All. Signs seen at the many protests that have already taken place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, and Salt Lake City read “No More Mr. Nice Gay – Equal rights for all people”, “Fight the H8”, “Teach Acceptance – Not Hate”, “I am now a 2nd class citizen”, "Why do you H8 my Family?" and “I am a victim of H8”, to name but a few. The organizers of this nationwide event, including the event to be held in Raleigh, NC, have stressed that it, like the protests that have taken place over the last week, will also be peaceful demonstrations. “Let’s move as one full unit, on the same day, at the same hour, and let’s show the United States of America that we too are united, citizens equal in mind, body, and spirit and deserving of full equality under the law.”