Gay Rights Rally outside Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's NYC Legislative Office - American Equality Bill
On October 26, 2010, Iana Di Bona and others gathered outside Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's Legislative Office in Midtown Manhattan for a demonstration to support the American Equality Bill. Since September 27, the Honourable Senator has been avoiding LGBT civil rights activists holding vigil outside her campaign office, so we decided to hold a direct action outside her legislative office.
Sen. Gillibrand has said that she supports extending civil rights to all LGBT Americans. The American Equality Bill would amend civil rights laws, for example by adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
This evening's demonstration was themed a "Chalking Party," and its intention was for participants to write messages in support of the American Equality Bill on the sidewalk outside the Honourable Senator's office building. However, police had warned demonstrators that using children's chalk on a public sidewalk would be considered an act of graffiti.