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Natn’l March organizers planning for 100,000

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The lead organizer of a national LGBT rights march on Washington, D.C. scheduled for October  spoke to a media conference call Monday, and declined to estimate the number who will attend. But Washington Blade reporter Lou Chibbaro dug up organizer’s internal estimate anyway:

Veteran gay activist Cleve Jones of San Francisco acknowledged that key LGBT leaders have resisted the planned National Equality March on Washington for LGBT rights.

Jones: “The march has been controversial. Every march we’ve ever done has been controversial. It’s enormously difficult to build a consensus in our community.”

But Jones said he’s been traveling around the country to promote the march and has seen enthusiastic support, especially from young people.

He disputed criticism from some activists that the money and time expended on a national march could be better used to push or defend gay rights on the state and local level. He said the purpose of having a national march is to push more aggressively for federal non-discrimination laws.

Jones: “True equality can only come from the federal government.”

Jones declined to predict how many people will turn out for the October 11th march

Jones: “I am not making any estimates, and I’m not gonna make any estimates. I think it’s going to be big.”

But a spokesperson confirmed after Jones’ briefing that, at the request of the U.S. Capitol police, organizers are making logistical arrangements to accommodate 108,000 people.

Robert Polzoni also confirmed that gay philanthropist Bruce Bastian of Utah has donated $70,000 to the march and plans to donate another $30,000. That comes to one half of the march’s projected budget of just under $200,000.

–Lou Chibbaro in Washington

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Written by OutQ News staff

September 15, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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