A series of rallies and vigils are planned that encourage straight Americans to stand up for the equal rights of gays and lesbians around the country. It’s called Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights and the rallies will take place between October 7th and October 13th. The website says:
On October 7-13, 2007, straight people across the nation will “come out” as supporters of equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans.
From Santa Rosa, California, to Montgomery, Alabama, to Augusta, Maine, overnight vigils will light up American cities, providing unprecedented visibility to heterosexual men and women with the conviction to stand up for their gay and lesbian friends and neighbors.
The events are sponsored by Soulforce, the organization formed by Mel White, former ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, and Atticus Circle, a group that “educates and mobilizes fair-minded straight people to advance equal rights for LGBT partners, parents, and their children.” This is an effort I support strongly and I plan to attend the event in Lansing on October 13th.
The whole thing will kick off with a vigil at the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, which is an entirely appropriate place to hold the event. King understood in a way that far too many black ministers today do not that injustice toward someone else is a threat to justice for ourselves. As he put it, he could not segregate his moral concern in that manner. Just as many gays and lesbians marched for civil rights, so the rest of us should stand up for their rights and their equality.
Anyone who attends one of these events, please email me a report and I will post it here.