The past few days have been some of the hardest ever for our community and the nation as a whole. Our sisters and brothers in Orlando lost their lives in a horrible act of hate. However, the violation was one that effected our entire community. One of our safe spaces, our queer sanctuaries, was violated in an unimaginable way. The pain is real, and the fear is pervasive, but we cannot let that fear define us.
In this moment of tragedy, folks have come together in unprecedented ways. Thousands of Oklahomans in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, Tahlequah, and cities across the state stood together in unity, solidarity, and pride to declare in one voice: “We will not be afraid!” People of all walks of life cried together, prayed together, marched together, and reminded the world that our fight is far from over, and we will move forward TOGETHER.
That being said, we want to talk to you about what is next. There have been questions about moving forward with Pride and The Equality Run in the wake of Orlando, and the answer is: not only are we moving forward, we will make these events bigger than ever before. We want to see the entire community march in Pride with us; and we want to fill downtown OKC with all of you, Sunday morning, June 26th at 7:30 AM. We will honor those lives lost in Orlando and hear from community leaders and community members before we run together down the streets of our Capitol city. We also want to create the largest crowd ever to support our runners. If you commit to lining the streets of OKC, the Equality Run can be as inspirational as the Memorial Marathon, whose Master of Ceremonies – Mark Bravo – will be doing the same for the Equality Run this year.
To register for the run click here.
If you are not a runner, we need you to come support those who are, please let us know you are coming by signing up, free of charge, on Facebook here.
Remember, tragedy will not stop our march to progress, we will not yield to fear and intimidation. we are in talks now with the City Council in OKC to pass protections for employment, and public spaces, and we are reaching out to other municipalities across the state to do the same. We are also talking to legislators, and helping with their campaigns in all parts of the state. There will be LGBTQ protections introduced in next year’s legislature, and we will fight with every ounce of our being to make them law.
We will not go away, we will not yield to fear, and will always have your back. We look forward to seeing you on the 26th!
Join the movement, and support the cause:
In pride, unity, and solidarity,