Metro Weekly

Equality March: Weekend Calendar of Events

National Equality March 2009

Friday, October 9

Operation Shine Luncheon and Meet N’Greet, Hosted by Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Wanda Alston House and the Sexual Minority Youth Assistant League (SMYAL), to raise awareness of the LGBTQ homeless youth epidemic in D.C., 1-4 p.m., at the Sasha Bruce Youthwork
, 741 Eighth St. SE; the luncheon will be followed by a Homeless Youth Speak Out event, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., on the west lawn of the Capitol

National Center for Transgender Equality Mixer, 8-10 p.m., at 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Saturday, October 10

Impact Open Table Event, Hosted by Gallaudet University Rainbow Society, 8-11 a.m., at 
Gallaudet University, in front of the Andrew Foster Auditorium, 
800 Florida Ave. NE
. 847-530-2461.

Human Rights Campaign Welcome and Action Center 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW.

Repealing DADT: Lobbying Tactics, taught by lobbyists from LGBT military advocacy groups, 10 a.m.-noon, at HRC, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW.

GLAAD Media Training 10-11:30 a.m., at Georgetown University, Phillip A. Hart Auditorium, located in Bernard P. McDonough Hall,
 120 F. St. NW

SMYAL Leadership Conference “Stand up! Get Loud!” 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, 
474 Ridge St. NW. Registration required, contact

Ecumenical Prayer Service 11 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW.

Gay and Lesbian Catholics of the Rainbow Sash Movement will gather at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 11:30 a.m. for Liturgy.

Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery A 15-minute ceremony conducted by Lt. Dan Choi, at noon, at Tomb of The Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery.

Workshop on Faith Communities & LGBT Justice Campaigns 2 p.m., at the Foundry United Methodist Church, 
1500 16th St. NW. Contact

DADT protest and Memorial Service Honoring Leonard Matlovich, 2 p.m. at Congressional Cemetery Chapel
, 1801 E St. SE. RSVP to

Candidate Recruitment Training, Sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute, 2-4 p.m., at Funger Hall Room 108, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW.

Camp Courage: Training for grassroots activists committed to working to promote full LGBT equality, 2-6 p.m., at Town Danceboutique, 
2009 Eighth St. NW.; $5-10 donation requested.

Soulforce — Nonviolent Resistance for Social and Economic Justice, an Interactive Workshop in Nonviolent Resistance 2:30-5:30 p.m., at HRC, 
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW.

Milk & Cookies, Family Event, 3-6 p.m., at the 
Grand Ballroom of the Madison Hotel
, 1177 15th St. NW.

Trans-History Workshop by Rev. Donna, 5-6:30 p.m., at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 
1201 K Street NW.

The Struggle for LGBT Liberation with Cleve Jones & Sherry Wolf, a discussion and workshop event, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at 
Busboys and Poets, 1025 Fifth St. NW.

Equality To End AIDS HIV/AIDS Rally and Vigil, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Ellipse, between 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact

SMYAL Youth Dance, 13-21, registration required, 6-9 p.m., at the Metropolitan Community Church, 
474 Ridge St. NW.

Queer Simchat Torah Celebration, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 1529 16th St. NW. Free, but registration required. Call 202-777-3253 or e-mail

Sunday, October 11

Cadence Run, kicking off at 8 a.m. from the WWII Memorial
, for all level runners. The Memorial is on the National Mall, at 17th Street SW, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

Interfaith Service, 8 a.m. at the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
, 5301 North Capitol St. NE.

National Equality March. Gather on 15th Street at ”I” (Eye) Street. The March will kick off from 15th and I Streets NW, near McPherson Square, at noon.

National Equality March Rally. More than 30 speakers representing the diversity of the LGBT community and its straight allies will take the stage at a rally following the march on the west lawn of the Capitol, at approximately 2 p.m. Currently scheduled appearances are to include:


Billie Myers
Dave Koz
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington


Stuart Applebaum
Richard Aviles
Jarret Barrios
Dustin Lance Black
Julian Bond
Marsha Botzer
Christine Chavez
Stacey Ann Chin
Lt. Dan Choi
Kate Clinton
Tanner Efinger
Aiyi’nah Ford
Lady Gaga
Michael Huffington, Former House of Representative
Hawaii Board of Education Member Kim Coco Iwamoto
Cleve Jones
Robin McGehee
David Mixner
Nicole-Murray Ramirez
Chloe Noble
Tobias Packer
Reverend Troy Perry
New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn
Los Angeles Council Member Bill Rosendahl
Babs Siperstein
Judy Shepard
Maxim Thorn
Urvashi Vaid
Derek Washington
Falls Church City Council Member Lawrence Webb
Kit Yan
Kip Williams
Sherry Wolf

Gay and Lesbian Catholics of the Rainbow Sash Movement will gather at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW, after the march at 5:30 p.m. for Liturgy.