09 April 2009

One Day Equals

Q: What do the following three dates have in common?

December 16th, 1773
July 14th, 1789
November 9th, 1989

A: During each of these days, the course of history was changed. The Boston Tea Party, Bastille Day, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. These were days when many rallied together around a common cause and triumphed. And in a couple of weeks, the course of history can change again.

One Day Equals is a charity started by three friends: Scott, Jess and Joe. Backed by the Empire State Pride Agenda, they are trying to get as many people as possible to fight for marriage equality in Albany on April 28th.

There are stories behind these models. Take the Berlin Wall photo: the two women on the left are married. The man in the center is a minister, and one of the women's fathers. He married them, and then he got fired for doing so. What? Awful. I am moved to tears any time I think of it, and especially when I watch that video & visit the web site.

Joe and Jess are close friends of mine, and two of my favorite people in the world. Since they started working on this, I've seen them spend hours, hours, hours and hours on getting it to where it is today. And it's gained tremendous momentum so far, picked up by Perez Hilton, Fleshbot and OHLALA, to name a few.

I'm very proud of them; there's nothing quite like seeing people participate in something that they believe so strongly in. My friend Leila and her brother were in the shoot, and I haven't seen her that excited in a long time.

Let's keep this momentum going. Sign up, skip work and join everyone in Albany. One day equals us all one day becoming equals.
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