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Ref. 71 'Thank-You' Rally unites Seattle in victory
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Ref. 71 'Thank-You' Rally unites Seattle in victory

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On November 14, nearly 500 LGBT community members and their allies participated in the Approve 71 "Thank-You" Rally at Westlake Center Park in Seattle. The event, organized by a coalition of students, volunteers, and activists known as Seattle OUTProtest, was an opportunity to celebrate the November 3 victory where Washington State made history by becoming the first state to approve an expansion of LGBT equality at the ballot box.

In addition, the City of Seattle City Council proclaimed November 14 'Victory, Referendum 71 Approved Day.'

Hundreds of Approve Ref. 71 Campaign supporters and pro-Gay equality supporters braved cold temperatures and the threat of rain to thank the campaign's volunteers who participated in phone banks, organized fundraisers, waved signs at visibility events and voted to keep the state's domestic partnership laws.

The rally began with a performance by emcee and local drag queen legend Aleksa Manila, who sang Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All" as an ode to Washingtonians voting for love over hate.

Anne Levinson and Josh Friedes spoke on behalf of the Approve 71 Campaign; both thanked the community for its support during the short six-week campaign.

Other prominent and poignant speakers included Josh Castle, who tirelessly led a group of devoted volunteers whose mission was visibility in and out of the LGBT community; Steve Williams, special assistant to the president of UFCW 21, a local union organization that represents 35,000 grocery and food processing workers; Emily Juhre and Carmen Rivera, students at the University of Washington; and Eduardo Brambila, Seattle OUTProtest lead organizer, who concluded his speech with a group hug over 100 people strong.

In a particularly powerful speech, keynote speaker Army Lt. Dan Choi told the audience "love is worth fighting for." Love, said Choi, is what the Gay movement is all about. Choi, currently being discharged from the U.S. Army after coming out as Gay on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show in March, captivated the crowd with a call to action that "we cannot be satisfied until we achieve full equality, and are no longer treated like second-class citizens."

Choi, who accepted an invitation to speak at the rally by the Seattle Gay News, said the Gay struggle transcends any individual fight and said we must get behind all parts of our community - specifically addressing Transphobia and homeless youth - if we want to realize equality any time soon.

Stuart Wilbur, a Gay activist in his 70s who attended the National Equality March on Washington in October, delivered the most symbolic moment of the rally by inviting all of the same-sex domestic partners to join him onstage. Wilbur was successful in showing that the people who will benefit from the expanded rights and responsibilities of the law are real - not just numbers on a spreadsheet. Flanked by the same-sex couples, Wilbur said we must continue to fight for marriage equality and that we "are good people and should tell our truths."

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Co-Chair Marsha Botzer encouraged the audience to read history and engage in meaningful, intelligent debate. Botzer, a fiery speaker who commands the English language like a poet, declared that we are on track to become the "generation of equality."

Immediately following the speeches were performances by the Latino LGBT organization Entre Hermanos, which featured a belly dancer and two drag queens.

The domestic partnership expansion bill will go into effect on December 3, 2009, and will grant same-sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as married couples in Washington State.

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