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Today is Students for Equality Day

All over the United States today you can find LGBT students and their supporters wearing this T-shirt in support of LGBT equality on their local school campus.

Students for Equality is a visibility project supported by Join the Impact and you can read more about it here. Many of the Join the Impact events call for action on the part of those who are interested in fighting for LGBT rights, and this event is no different. However, the fact that Join the Impact is taking their fight onto school campuses is a sure sign of how serious the campaign is about getting the word out about the need for LGBT rights and equality.

Many people have participated in the Join the Impact events since the passing of Prop. 8 in California, Prop. 102 in Arizona, and Amendment 2 in Florida which effectively banned gay marriage in those states.

The passing of Prop. 8 in California was especially angering to many since it eliminated the equal marriage rights that were already established by the CA Supreme Court, and put the marriages of over 18,000 same-sex California couples in jeopardy. Since then I have participated in all of the Join the Impact calls to action, but this is one I wasn’t able to since I am not a student. This particular call to action asks high school and college students across the U.S. to wear this same shirt to school as a way to show unity within the community in the fight towards LGBT equality, particularly marriage equality. “The younger generation was very involved in the election this year,” says Eric Ross co-founder of Students for Equality. “This event is a way for them to stay involved in political activism, and not just unite in the fight for marriage equality, but for LGBT equality as a whole.”

Students for Equality will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Lambda Legal since they are currently fighting the state of California to repeal Proposition 8.

Designs for the shirt were submitted by students and voted on by visitors of the Students for Equality website. Keep an eye out for these t-shirts today and visit www.studentsforequality.com to find out information about future Students for Equality events.

Julie Phineas Julie Phineas is a work at home mom of 2 who lives in Southern California. You can find out more about her online by visiting her website at www.juliephineas.com.

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