National LGBT Equality event in Chicago this weekend

Wed. March 10, 2010 12:00 AM by News Staff

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Unite and Fight: Strategizing for LGBTQ Equality Midwest Conference, March 12 - 14

Chicago, IL - This weekend, during "Unite and Fight: Strategizing for LGBT Equality"—Equality Across America's conference activists from across the Midwest will discuss how to achieve full federal equality while forming a strong regional grassroots network.

"The focus is to create a basis for discussion for full federal equality and how we can achieve that," LGBT Change co-founder and conference co-organizer Anthony Martinez told the Windy City Times. "Additionally, we're trying to unite the Midwest and create a regional network of groups and people and activists who we can reach out to at a moment's notice to create a larger action base."

Topics of discussion include: Why We Need a National Grassroots Movement, Movement Strategy and Tactics, The ‘T' is not Silent: Transgender History and Politics, Movement History: ACT UP, Lessons From the Black Civil Rights Struggle, Convincing the Democrats to Take Us Seriously, Taking on the Religious Right, and more.

Among those scheduled to appear at "Unite and Fight: Strategizing for LGBT Equality" are Sherry Wolf, Lt. Dan Choi, Equality Illinois' Rick Garcia, performer Staceyann Chin and "NO H8" project co-creator Adam Bouska.

The conference is being held at Columbia College Chicago, March 12-14. Admission to the conference costs $15, with registration closing at noon Friday.

For more information on the conference, see

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