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June 03, 2004

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HRC: Uniting for Equality at Prides Across the Country

'We will celebrate our victories and unite against the challenges ahead,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - As pride celebrations are expected to draw record-breaking crowds this year, the Human Rights Campaign will join supporters across the nation uniting for equality.

"We will celebrate our victories and unite against the challenges ahead," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "In the wake of marriage victories, a looming federal amendment battle and elections ahead, it's more important now than ever to ignite the grassroots. We'll be at prides from Louisville to Los Angeles raising awareness and encouraging people to pledge to vote."

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising - considered the birth of the modern gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights movement - and more than 5 million GLBT people and allies are expected to attend pride events commemorating the anniversary this summer.

Among our activities:

ᄡHRC will have a presence at more than 120 prides, including about 15 Latina/o and black prides.

ᄡHRC staff will attend at least 30 events and will be joined by the Fund for Public Interest, which will provide support in educating attendees.
HRC contingents will march in approximately 30 parades, including New York and San Francisco - with more than 1 million attendees each.

ᄡJacques will be the keynote speaker at the Seattle Pride.

ᄡBruce Bastian, a member of HRC's national board of directors, will also be the Grand Marshal of the Utah Pride, and HRC spokesperson Candace Gingrich gave the keynote address at the Northampton, Mass., Pride.

ᄡIn total, more than 70 HRC staff members will travel across the nation this summer to get out the message on the importance of voting and other key issues for the community.

"We must show our solidarity as our opponents attempt to write discrimination into the Constitution, denying our community equality for generations," added Jacques. "Make no mistake: the most important power we have is to vote."

HRC booths at prides will prominently display pledge-to-vote sign-up sheets and will feature information on the work that HRC is doing to advance equality. If you're interested in volunteering with HRC at your pride or marching with an HRC contingent at your parade, e-mail volunteer@hrc.org.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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