More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Sundays of Solidarity
The SOS campaign will start May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, and will end on June 28 - the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City. Advocates for LGBT equality will visit churches, synagogues and other faith communities across the nation for seven straight Sundays in order to start dialogue about LGBT people and issues with members of faith communities across the nation.
SOS participants will be given training and will attend worship services and other faith community meetings wearing T-shirts and buttons proclaiming "Gay? Fine by Me."
GLAAD will be assisting both organizations with raising awareness of SOS and amplifying the media coverage of their excellent work. GLAAD previously collaborated with Soul Force and Atticus Circle in 2007 and 2008 in media strategy planning for Seven Straight Nights, a series of vigils and awareness-raising events held across the nation to bring LGBT equality supporters together in demonstrations of public support.
Atticus Circle is an Austin-based organization that educates and mobilizes fair-minded straight people to advance equal rights for LGBT people. Soulforce is known for its Equality Ride, during which they travel around the country to challenge anti-gay policies at Christian colleges or visit American Family Outings at mega-churches to share stories about LGBT families.
In order to promote the Sundays of Solidarity event, Jeff Lutes, Executive Director of Soulforce and Rev. Paul Dodd released the following video where they talk about the inspiration behind the campaign.