In the final days leading up to Sunday's National Equality March, the mainstream press has finally decided we're worth talking about. ABC News posted a story on there website last night. Why the sudden attention after five months of planning? Because of President Obama's scheduled key note speech at the annual Human Rights Campaign awards gala this Friday night.
I guess we should be grateful that HRC has such pull at the White House. The one thing that's been missing from the march has been a celebrity endorsement, unless you count Lady GaGa. The neo-diva said this weekend that she will be there marching with us, even though she called it a Gay Pride march. Er, thanks?
The AP news story seems to have done some good. We should probably see more coverage in the next few days.
On Monday I contacted Jay Warren, anchor of Roanoke's Newschannel 10, via his FaceBook page, to see if there was any interest in doing a story about our local efforts to get the Star City's LGBT community to go to DC this weekend. He responded saying he would pitch the idea to his editor. As of today, I haven't heard anything more.
I also reached out to Star City Harbinger's Hank Bostwick, who cross-posted my Roanoke Pride story, with an offer to share my march coverage and pics. I haven't received a response yet. Maybe gay rights are not alternative enough for Roanoke's Alternative News Source.
Hank, check your e-mail.
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