November 15, 2008

Join the Impact

After watching my Dad run the Richmond Marathon (whoot!), I ran up a few blocks to the Richmond City Hall, where the Join the Impact protest had started about an hour before.

I was only there for a few minutes before I had to get back to my family, but it seemed pretty awesome: About 200 people or so waving signs along the side of the road, chanting "What do we want? Equal rights! When do we want them? Now!" and cheering wildly whenever someone honked in support. We drew a lot of curious glances - hopefully all the rainbows cancelled out the confusion of anyone who didn't know what "H8" meant, because a lot of people at my school didn't.

I carried a sign that said "Don't be H8in'." I saw a bunch of other pretty typical ones: "I am not a second class citizens," "Equal rights are not special rights," "You don't have to be gay to care about equal rights."

We got lots of honks and thumbs up in the 10 or so minutes I was there, so hopefully that's a good sign! And I felt really cool knowing that these were going on around the country, even around the world. Serious awesome right there.

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