HRC announces “On the Road to Equality” bus tourBreaking News Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced Monday that it will embark on a nationwide bus tour to promote LGBT rights by sharing the message of equality with the American public. The “On the Road to Equality” tour is set to visit 17 cities in 11 states and will focus on areas where gay marriage is not yet legal and where protections for LGBT individuals remain minimal or inadequate.
At each tour stop, HRC members and civil rights activists will work together with the local community to hold exhibits featuring educational seminars, workshops and community forums to raise awareness about the challenges facing LGBT people in their quest for equality. In addition to educating the public, the events featured during the tour will aim to empower the gay community to take action by influencing local ordinances and initiatives.
HRC President Joe Solmonese announced Monday that, because the U.S. is on the cusp of a “cultural tipping point”, now is the time for LGBT Americans to take the fight for fair and equal treatment into their own hands.
“…Our job is to push the scale as far and as fast as we can toward fairness,” Solmonese said. “The tour will serve as a powerful visibility tool and support the work of creating real and lasting change in these communities.”
In addition to announcing the upcoming bus tour, the HRC also released the results of a new poll assessing national opinion on LGBT issues. The poll results showed that a promising 79 percent of Americans support non-discrimination protections for LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodation. However, only 51 percent of Americans support marriage equality – a statistic that affirms the HRC’s assertion that a great deal of work remains in order to achieve equality for all LGBT people.
Solomnese said of the results, “The poll shows Americans believe in fairness but also that we have a long way to go in realizing that goal.” He added, “Our efforts on the road this summer and fall are a first step in bridging the gap between where LGBT people are now and achieving the dream of equality to which the vast majority of Americans aspire.”
“On the Road to Equality” kicks off in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 12 and will conclude on October 30 in Orlando, Florida. For a complete list of tour dates and locations, please visit http://www.hrc.org/bustour/media.html.
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