About 200 activists gathered at Library Mall today at noon before marching to the Capitol stairs for a series of speeches promoting gay equality, universal health care and withdrawal from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Event organizer and UW junior Jessie Otradovec said the march was inspired by the National Equality March that took place Oct. 11 in Washington D.C., and she was happy with today’s turnout.
About 330 people confirmed on Facebook, and about 800 said they might attend.
Several attendees expressed concern lumping other controversial causes in with gay rights. Others felt health care and the two wars are also very important issues and should be vocalized as well. “If anything, it actually gets more people out, because we can get those communities who care about the war, who care about single payer activism … I think it absolutely helps our cause,” Otradovec said.
The march was organized by Unified for Equality, a group composed of Madison area organizations supporting equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. Sponsors included the Madison Area Transgender Association, MATC Pride Alliance, International Socialist Organization, UW Madison LGBTI Equality Now, OutReach/OutThere, UW Whitewater P.E.A.C.E. and UW Whitewater IMPACT.