New Web Campaign Helps Promote Conversations for Upcoming Freedom to Marry Week

2/2/2009

New Web Campaign Helps Promote Conversations for Upcoming Freedom to Marry Week


Tell-Three.org Offers Tools to Support This Year's Theme, 7 Conversations in 7 Days, for February 8-14


For Immediate Release:
February 3, 2009

PRESS CONTACT:
Evan Wolfson, Executive Director
212-851-8418
Mobile: 646-263-5552
evan@freedomtomarry.org

New York, February 3, 2009 —Join the Impact has partnered with other national LGBT groups to develop a web based public education campaign, www.tell-three.org, to encourage LGBT people and their supporters to have three conversations with friends and family to help build support for LGBT equality. The new web campaign can assist people across the country pledging to have 7 Conversations in 7 Days to celebrate Freedom to Marry Week, February 8-14, 2009.

"As the November election showed, we have to break the silence with friends, neighbors, and others around us -- not just assuming they get it, but actually having the conversations about who gay people are, why marriage matters, and how we need them to speak up against second-class citizenship," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry. “This new web campaign promoting conversations, www.tell-three.org, is perfectly aligned with this year's theme for Freedom to Marry Week, 7 Conversations in 7 Days, which takes place next week, February 8-14.”

Other organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union; Equality California; the Equality Federation; The National Lesbian and Gay Task Force; the National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, will be rolling out their own versions of the campaign on their websites. The goal of the campaign is to for all LGBT groups and individuals to seize upon the momentum that has been generated since November and work together to tell our stories, both during and beyond this year’s 12th annual celebration of Freedom to Marry Week.

Visitors to www.tell-three.org can find additional information on who to talk with and how to start these important conversations. There are also resources for those who want to learn more about the issues affecting LGBT people. But, as the website notes, the most important thing is for people to have personal conversations. Sharing what it means to be or care for someone who is LGBT and talking about such issues as why marriage equality matters builds public support.

The campaign is also calling on bloggers and videographers to help spread the word by sharing their experiences of having these important conversations. Bloggers are especially encouraged to take action on Monday, February 9th for Freedom to Marry Week, and videographers can upload videos to our video contest by February 6th to win cash prizes. More information about how to get involved with Freedom to Marry Week is located here: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/get_involved/freedom_to_marry_week_2009.php

"We need to take our voices beyond the streets into every home in America, and to do that we need to use every avenue available to sparking conversations," added Amy Balliett of Join the Impact, a grass roots organization with more than 15,000 members that has helped to organize massive demonstrations throughout the U.S. since the November elections.

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Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Launched in 2003, Freedom to Marry is headed by Evan Wolfson, nationally recognized as a central "architect of the marriage equality movement." Freedom to Marry guides and focuses this social justice movement on a nationwide level, serving as a strategy and support center for national, state, and local partners, a catalyst that drives and shapes the national debate on marriage equality, and an alliance-builder fostering support from non-gay allies.