Thursday, October 1, 2009

Gay Activist Urvashi Vaid Speaks OUT













In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson chats with veteran Gay Activist Urvashi Vaid who will be speaking at the National Equality Rally in Washington D.C., October 11th. When asked what she hoped the National Equality Rally will accomplish Vaid said, “ That it allows a whole new wave of people to express themselves by getting out on the street and coming to a national gay lesbian bisexual and transgender liberation march. I believe in the power of the people getting off the internet and into the streets. Whether it’s a hundred people or a hundred thousand people or a million people, that’s a matter of degree but for that individual who gets up and registers their voice in a protest it’s a transformational experience. It empowers you to put your body on the line for something you believe in. Right now for October 11th 2009 I think it is important for people to stand up, to be vocal and to say ‘We believe in the full rights and dignity of LGBT people and we’re not going to stop.’

Urvashi Vaid is being honored this year by Equality Forum as one of their LGBT Icons for 2009 and by Out Magazine's 50 most influential men and women in America. Her career of LGBT activism spans over 20 years. She has served as Executive Director of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and currently is Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights. On a personal note, Vaid shares homes in Manhattan and Provincetown, Massachusetts, with her partner, comedian Kate Clinton. For Info About the Arcus Foundation
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