- May 14, 2014
Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
HRC’s kick-off tour for Project One America continues today in Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama.
This morning HRC President Chad Griffin joins State Rep. Patricia Todd, Brownsville United Methodist Church Rev. Dr. Kevin Higgs, Equality Alabama board member West Honeycutt, ACLU Alabama Executive Director Susan Watson, Southern Poverty Law Center Legal Director David Dinielli, local field organizer Ashley Jackson and Pastor David Lewis at the Montgomery State Capitol.
Later, Griffin will join Equality Alabama Board Chair Ben Cooper, Traniesa Caldwell, Covenant Community Rev. Finney, Rev. Felicia McKinzey, SPLC Staff Attorney Sam Wolfe and Pastor David Lewis at a press conference at the Birmingham City Hall.
HRC will then wrap up the tour with a community event with Rep. Patricia Todd at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
HRC's Project One America is a comprehensive, multi-year campaign to dramatically expand LGBT equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.
HRC has been the largest national LGBT organizer in the South for decades, but LGBT people in these three states have told us in deeply personal terms that they want us to do more in their front yard.
Alabama has one of the single highest rates of gay and lesbian couples raising children of any state in the country, for instance, but these parents are making do without essential legal protections or inclusion in their community."
In addition to the record levels of LGBT parenting (which are drawn from a 2010 Census analysis by the Williams Institute), HRC found both real need and profound opportunity for progress in a recently-completed survey conducted for HRC by Anzalone Liszt Grove—the largest survey of its kind on the needs, experiences and priorities of LGBT people in the South.
- In Alabama, nearly 65 percent of LGBT people report suffering verbal abuse.
- Nearly one in five report experiencing physical violence because of their identity.
- A quarter report experiencing discrimination in employment or public accommodation.
- And 30 percent of LGBT parents raising children in these states are total legal strangers to the children they raise.
Help HRC Achieve LGBT Equality in Alabama. Click Here to Voice Your Support or text 'oneamerica' to 30644.