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Local Victims of Police Gay Bashing, Lesbian Episcopalian Minister & Others Round Out Program for 9th Annual March

8 PM Sharp!

This Saturday, October 6

Short rally at Halsted & Roscoe 7-11 parking lot

Followed by a march through the community

Russian gay leader Nikolai Alexeyev

In addition to our keynote speaker, Russian gay leader Nikolai Alexeyev, we are pleased to announce more speakers for the short rally that will preceed this year's Matthew Shepard March

+++ Dana Kurtz -- Attorney who represents Debra Sciotino, Nicole Tomaskovic and Kelly Fuery, lesbian women who were gay-bashed by an off-duty Chicago Police Officer (see story here)

+++ Lloyd Kelly & Robert Thomas -- Speaking of the issues facing LGBT youth on Halsted Street

+++ Stephanie Fisher, ANSWER Chicago -- Speaking on Victoria Arellano, transgender immigrant killed by medical neglect by immigrant authorities

+++ Rev. Liz Steadman, Epsicopal chaplain at Northwestern University -- Speaking of equal rights within the church and the threatened split of anti-gay zealots from the Anglican/Episcopalian denomination

In addition to already announced media interviews with our keynoter Nikolai Alexeyev , here are additional interviews or updates on interviews already announced:

--- Channel 2 has already carried a story about Saturday's Shepard March. To view it go here

--- Today at 12 noon (and repeated at 9 PM), Chicago Public Radio's "Worldview" program will interview Nikolai Alexeyev and GLN's Andy Thayer. In Chicago, go to WBEZ 91.5 FM or listen on-line at any time after tomorrow here

-- Chicago Access Network Television will be taping the march and rally for future broadcast.

And don't forget tonight's Solidarity Benefit with all proceeds going to the Organizing Committee for Moscow Pride. 7-9 PM, Wednesday, October 3rd at Chicago's LGBT resource center, Gerber Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville Street, Chicago (1/2 block west of the "Granville" Red Line el stop). Nikolai will give a presentation and there will be film footage of Moscow Pride and the repression encountered by it. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss issues with Nikolai in an informal setting. Suggested donation: $25

Still want to volunteer for Saturday's Matthew Shepard March? Just show up at the rally site, corner of Halsted & Roscoe, at 6:30 PM or later. Thanks!

Finally, THANKS again to those organizations which are co-sponsoring this year's march:

8th Day Center for Justice
ANSWER Chicago
Berwyn United Neighborhood Gay And Lesbian Organization (BUNGALO)
Chicago Area CodePINK
Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America
Chicago National Organization For Women
Chicagoland Pride at Work
Columbia College GLBT Office
Early to Bed
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Gerber Hart Library
International Solidarity Movement - Chicago
National Lawyer's Guild Chicago
Nicaragua Solidarity Network
Office of GLBTQA Student Services, DePaul University
Peace Pledge
Sangat (South Asian gays & lesbians)
Thousand Waves Foundation
Windy City Media Group
World Can't Wait


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