Walking Across America for Equality Bill
I met a man today who is doing a noble thing.
Richard Noble is walking the Rainbow Flag across the nation.
By walking the Rainbow Flag across America through cities and isolated regions in person, he says that "gay life comes out of isolation for many kids and into a tangible form."
A group of people from EQUALITY ACTION NOW walked across the Tower Bridge with him as his journey brought him to Sacramento.
"Today I want to dedicate my walk to Satender Singh, a 26 year old who was gay bashed to death here in Sacramento by 2 Slavic men who were part of a Slavic group dedicated to the destruction of homosexuality and part of a Slavic group to do just that," he said. "Today we walk unafraid and certain of justice to those who cause us harm in America. Yes, we have civil rights and have federal protections. Make no mistake."
"This is my hope, this is my dream," Noble said. "If one gay kid comes and tells me they were thinking of suicide and changed their mind as a result of seeing a gay person walk across America by being visible with the Rainbow Flag, then I have done something worth while."
On March 12, his journey began in San Francisco and will end at the Statue of Liberty in New York within a year-and-a-half.
Along the way, in the cities and towns he travels through, he will introduce and submit a calender item to adopt a resolution that would include sexual orientation and gender identity to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
He is submitting it to the Sacramento City Council tonight.
Not even on his path, West Hollywood, California is the first city to do accept the resolution.
He says he will ask Congress to bring sexual orientation and gender identity to full protection under the Constitution of the United States.
"There is no doubt in my mind and in my heart, why I am doing what I am doing," Noble explains. "The untruthful rhetoric of religion and it's effect in elections, translates into the unconstitutionality of current law, and through wisdom, non-violence and perseverance, we can change that, reminding each other of the inherent nature of the ultimate truth that we are each created as embodiments of love."
You can read and sign the petition here: change.org/petitions/the-gay-rights-amendment
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His iPhone is powered up and he gives updates on Facebook throughout his travels.
Photos | Kati Garner