Advocacy Groups Sponsor L.G.B.T. Protest Against Senate Bill 2681

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Updated: 4/02 3:59 pm
On Thursday, April 3rd, Equality Mississippi, the Human Rights Campaign, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Lesbian & Gay Community Center, and The Dandelion Project, will partner together on a rally in protest of SB2681, Mississippi's "Turn Away the Gays" bill. Every day, the L.G.B.T. population in this state faces discrimination in the workplace, school, housing, and public accommodations. According to a 2013 Human Rights Campaign poll, 53% of Mississippians recognize discrimination against L.G.B.T. people as a problem.

In January, Starkville made history by becoming the first municipality in Mississippi to pass an “inclusivity resolution” that affirmed the worth of L.G.B.T. people in the city. Hattiesburg and Oxford have passed similar resolutions condemning discrimination of any kind. However, the potential passing of SB2681 has brought those resolutions into danger of being invalidated.

When asked why this rally is important to her, Joce Pritchett, Regional Vice Chair of Equality Mississippi said, " We have come to a point in our evolution that we are tired of the hate, tired of living in fear, tired of being perceived as 'too different to matter'. We are Mississippians just like everyone else. We pay taxes, we go to school, we hold jobs here, we contribute considerably to our states economy, and we are ready to be heard."

WHAT:
A rally to protest the unjust, immoral, and discriminatory law that is before our Governor, asking that he takes into the consideration the lives of the people of this state that will be negatively affected by this law.

WHO:
Equality Mississippi, The Human Rights Campaign, Mississippi Gulf Coast Lesbian & Gay Community Center, The Dandelion Project, and other L.G.B.T. support and advocacy organizations around Mississippi and the United States.

WHEN:
Rally and March, Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
Candle Light Vigil, Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Smith Park
250 N. West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

South Lawn of the Capitol
400 High St
Jackson, MS 39201

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