Friday, November 5, 2010

Civil Rights Fast is reported about in NYTimes Blog

LGBT Civil Rights Protest Becomes Hunger Strike

News about Alan Bounville's fast for LGBT civil rights has been reported by The Local East Village blog of The New York Times.

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the work of QueerSOS, a gay rights group that was taking part in an ongoing vigil outside of Senator Gillibrand’s campaign office. At that time, activists Iana Di Bona and Alan Bounville had slept on the West 26th Street sidewalk for nearly four weeks, vowing to continue until the senator introduced the American Equality Bill to Congress, which would introduce the phrase “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

After 36 days standing vigil, incurring arrests and disorderly conduct summons, but no response from the senator, the activists decided that something more had to be done to bring attention to their cause. On Election Day, QueerSOS morphed into a new incarnation: the Civil Rights Fast.

Senator Gillibrand has declined to comment on the protest.

Read the rest of Hannah Rubenstein's article : ''Rights Protest Becomes Hunger Strike.''

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