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October 16, 2009 - Courier-Journal

I got the treat of joining just under 50 local folks on the Fairness Campaign-sponsored bus trip to the National Equality March in Washington last weekend. For me, it was a life-changing experience, so kudos to the FC, the generous donor who subsidized it, and especially Kyle Riggs' hard work for organizing the trip.

If you relied on the local media for coverage of the event, you may still be waiting. If you watched national media coverage of the fancy HRC Dinner, you may have the impression that the gays and lesbians there were a small group of very well-dressed yuppies eager to be more patient.

Here's the 411 from someone who was there: The 200,000 to 250,000 people who were marching Sunday afternoon were gushing with enthusiasm and energy. Partly, because for many of them, this is the first time they've ever had hope. But there was something else in the air: an overriding feeling that “we aren't going to take it” anymore. Gays, lesbians and transgendered folk want equality, and we want it now. The time for patience is gone. So if you are a member of Kentucky's General Assembly, or our congressional delegation to Washington, or our next mayor, do not be surprised when you start hearing a lot more from us.

CURTIS MORRISON

Louisville 40203

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