Occupy Wall Street Rally Highlights LGBT Issues
By Jen Jones on 09/03/2012 @ 04:00 PM
On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, the Coalition to March on Wall Street South rallied thousands to demonstrate against, among other issues, LGBT inequality. Activists on-hand held signs decrying the passage of Amendment One and calling for equity in the areas of education and employment.
"In 30 states across this nation...I can be fired for simply being myself," said Wayne Borders of Occupy Columbia from the Occupy stage. "That is something that I feel, that is completely antithetical to the democracy we claim to have, it is completely antithetical to the values and ideals we are supposed to stand for as an American people. So that is one of the things I will be marching down these streets on, and if you will stand behind me, I will definitely stand with you."
Borders and other LGBT activists joined hundreds of other protestors--ranging from the unemployed to those seeking immigration rights--for a historic pre-convention march spanning two blocks that ultimately descended upon Charlotte's downtown financial hub.