by Kathy Drasky
Shannon Fortner, lead singer of MeteorEYES and activist for equal immigration rights has organized an Equal Civil Rights Rally in her home base of Sarasota, Florida this Saturday, November 14.
Fortner raises awareness about the need for the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) at her concerts by tossing Out4Immigration t-shirts into the crowd and talking about how she is forced by US immigration law to live separately from her same-sex partner Kelly, a British citizen. Fortner believes the many LGBT organizations working for equal rights in the US need to come together and focus on the repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell) and passage of ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) and UAFA.
"LGBT citizens are tired of inhumane laws and refuse to remain quiet any longer. Love is love. Family is family. Government should never tie religion into the law. It is against the Constitution," says Fortner. "We are the face of change and we are ready to fight."
Join Shannon and more than 150 other Floridians and their friends to march down the streets of Sarasota, starting at 9:45 am, this Saturday, November 14, from 5 Points (downtown) to The Bay Front, Island Park Dr. (north side) for a rally at 10 am. Bring signs and your energy to make change. You can get more info about this event on Facebook at Equal Civil Rights Rally.
Read more about Shannon and Kelly's struggle to be together against the enormous odds stacked against them by US immigration at the Creative Loafing blog.