The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced its “On the Road to Equality” bus tour and Birmingham and Tuscaloosa are on its schedule.
HRC President Joe Solmonese said the tour is a visibility tool that will make a lasting impression.
“We are in the midst of a cultural tipping point on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and our job is to push the scale as far and as fast as we can toward fairness,” said Solmonese. “The tour will serve as a powerful visibility tool and support the work of creating real and lasting change in these communities.”
Support for marriage equality stands at 51% nationally, but only 43% in the South and Midwest. Other poll results suggest a large majority of Americans support non-discrimination polices in housing and employment (79%), support for protection against bullying of LGBT students (73%),
Whereas most Americans believe in fairness, the goals of equality have not been met in many states or on a federal level.
“Our efforts on the road this summer and fall are a first step in bridging the gap between where LGBT people are now and achieving the dream of equality to which the vast majority of Americans aspire,” Solmonese explained.
HRC is working with local LGBT leaders in each city on the tour to tailor the events to the needs of that area. At each stop there will be exhibits on everyday life topics such as LGBT families, health, community, workplace, and faith. Workshops and educational seminars will be offered as well.
Currently the schedule includes stops in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham on October 14-16, 2011. Details for the Alabama stops are still being worked out. Equality Alabama is assisting in the planning for the local events.