The gay rights movement has been, all things considered, a pretty tame affair. Unlike other ‘movements,’ over the last 20-30 years, the advocates for gay equality have used few mass demonstration to make appeals. There are political reasons for that.
That has changed since election day.
On Saturday, over 80 cities throughout the country sponsored mass rallies to protest the passage of Proposition 8 and other anti-gay measures. The joint rally idea was an internet-driven, decentralized outburst that saw more people publically advocating on behalf of gay rights than at any other single time in the country’s history.
Chicago was one of those 80 cities. Kyle and I were able to participate for a while in the middle of the event. We joined Kasey, Kevin, and over 2,000 others to march throughout Chicago’s downtown, shutting down parts of Michigan Ave and State St. Kasey and Kevin made the trip from Champaign, and were involved in the event both earlier and later than us. Quite impressive.
I will post additional thoughts on the event when I get a bit more time this week, but overall it was eye-opening and thought-provoking.
One story: As Kyle and I were waiting to join the marching adovcates, a woman approached us and asked what was going on. She was about a mid-40s black woman who seemed to be on her way back from a quick shopping trip. When we told her what it was all about her response came quick, “Whatever, as long as they don’t touch children.”
Some photos of the Chicago event…
Oh, and Kasey,Kevin, Kyle, and I were on the B roll footage in the ABC News coverage of the event. See if you can catch us walking stoically in the first few seconds of the clip.
I can’t figure out how to embed it properly, but you can see it if you go to the link below, and click the “Most Popular” tab. It is currently the most popular video on the abc7 news site.