To sustain momentum, our community must decide its next steps
by Shaun Knittel -
SGN Associate Editor
We are not a single-issue movement. That has been a fact (and mantra) of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement. However, with the historic November 6 win for marriage equality at the ballot box this year, we are now faced with answering the question of 'What's next?'
Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea), the social justice nonprofit working to address and ultimately fix social injustice issues in Seattle and beyond, has decided that one of our main concerns is the dissipation of volunteer energy. During the Washington United for Marriage campaign the community was engaged directly, indirectly, and socially by the cause - marriage equality was all the rage and nobody wanted to sit on the bench while the rest of the team played. People came out of the woodwork to volunteer, knock on doors, phone-bank, raise money, and more.
It would be a shame for all that to go away.
Social Outreach Seattle saw a natural partnership with Pride at Work, the LGBTQ labor group that organizes mutual support between the organized labor movement and the LGBT community for social and economic justice.
Pride at Work organizes in the spirit of the union movement's historic motto, 'An injury to one is an injury to all.' They oppose all forms of discrimination on the job and in our unions based on sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, religion, or political views.
SAVE THE DATE: JAN. 24
Mike Andrew, who writes for SGN, is a founding committee member of SOSea, and works with Pride at Work Seattle, proposed and developed What's Next After Marriage? - a conference that will bring together LGBT, labor, and allied organizations, and will feature presentations, lit tables and displays, and opportunities to discuss our future.
The conference is open to the public, is all ages, and is free. There will be an opportunity for attendees to donate to SOSea at the event, scheduled for January 24, 2013, at the Labor Temple (2800 1st Ave., Hall 1), from 6 to 9 p.m.
'The purpose of this conference is to offer LGBT activists a menu of new areas of activism, now that marriage equality is the law,' said Andrew.
SOSea is currently inviting local nonprofits, community leaders, and union officials to speak on a panel, table at the event, and engage attendees so they can decide which organization(s) would be the best fit for them.
Seattle Gay News will continue to update its readers on the event as more details become available.
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