Monday, June 20, 2011

March with Out4Immigration at San Francisco's LGBT Pride Parade!


San Francisco Pride is here! As with years past, Out4Immigration will be present at San Francisco Pride marching for equal immigration rights & talking to festival goers about our issue.

Here is a short list of events that we will be involved during Pride Week! We are also looking for volunteers for those events. If you have never marched in Pride Parade in San Francisco, we encourage you to come out and join us! It is a safe but very very empowering and fun parade to be involved in!
Booth at SF LGBT Pride 2011

Marriage Equality USA has kindly offered some space in their marriage pavilion to Out4Immigration and GetEQUAL to talk to the festival goers. We are looking for volunteers to disseminate information about Out4Immigration and the issues we work on, collecting more signatures for our latest petitions, encouraging people to call Senator Dianne Feinstein (and their representatives), and recruiting more people for a rally in San Francisco on July 13th.

We will be at the booth both Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th, from 11am to 6pm. We will need your commitment for at least a 2 hour shift, if possible. We know, everyone is busy Pride weekend, but this is only a 2 hour commitment and a chance to make a huge difference in getting the word out to the larger community. Did we mention you would also be working along side the fantastic folks at GetEqual and MEUSA? :)

Dates: 6/25, Saturday & 6/26, Sunday

Time: 2 hour shift between 11am-6pm

If you are unable to commit to a 2 hour shift, Marriage Equality has asked for volunteers to help them set up and/or tear down the booth at 9am and 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Please email Heather Rose ( with a time slot of when you are available to volunteer!

San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade

Additionally, don’t forget to turn out on Pride Sunday, June 26th, 2011, to march with Out4Immigration. We’re going to have a great contingent this year, and will be marching with members of Marriage Equality USA, GetEQUAL, as well as friends from the community. In addition to standing up for the right to sponsor our foreign partners, we will draw attention to Palm Springs couple Doug Gentry and Alex Benshimol, who are facing a deportation hearing in San Francisco on July 13, for the very reason that we cannot sponsor our foreign spouses the way other Americans can.

This is a time to turn out in the streets and demand that our government policies stop singling our families out for the cruel treatment we’ve been expected to live under, because of DOMA, for far too long. Our relationships are worth feeling proud about and worth celebrating. Marching with O4I on Pride is a great way to honor that, and encourage the wider community to join us in stating that the time for DOMA to end is now!

For information about time and where to meet, check our facebook events page which will contain the most updated information!

This year, we have been assigned to march almost at the front of the parade (contingent 51 out of 182 contingent)! So please make sure you are at the assembly area by 10am so we can ensure that you are stocked with parade gears (green cards, stickers, signs) before we start marching.

Please email Chris Barnett ( or Erik Schnabel ( with questions related to marching on Pride Sunday.

Contingent Monitor Needed!

As part of the parade rules, we need to have volunteers trained as Parade Contingent Monitors. The trainings are fun and only last about an hour but you help ensure that the Parade is a safe and fun event for all. There are still a few more training sessions available this week leading up to Pride this coming weekend. To find out the location and timing of the training session – click through here:

ONE REQUEST – please email Chris Barnett ( when you have completed the training so he knows how many people have been trained. Since GetEQUAL is marching with us this year, we have no idea of how many monitors needs to be trained, so we would like to have more trained monitors as opposed to less.


Out4Immigration is co-presenting a movie “A Few Days of Respite” on Pride Sunday, June 26th as part of the 35th San Francisco LGBT Film Festival. We will have the opportunity to speak with festival goers (and get them to sign the petitions) as they wait in line to get into Castro Theatre. We have been given 4 tickets to the screenings and volunteers for this event will be given the tickets to the screenings. Please contact Erik Schnabel at if you have some time during the afternoon to volunteer for this event.

Let's Keep the Pressure On: Other Actions You Can Take This Week

Online activism: Sign our weekly petitions at urging Congressional and Executive Support of Equal Immigration Rights for Same-Sex Binational Couples! We got a total of 12 new co-sponsors since the bill, Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) has been introduced on April 14th .

Buy a song to help our cause: Musician Sean Chapin has written a song about same-sex binational relationships called "Sing Me a Lullaby" now available on iTunes. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the song will go to Out4Immigration. You can view the song's video here.

Stay tuned: To our Yahoo! Groups list, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to keep up with breaking news and urgent actions. It seems something is happening to tear down the barriers same-sex binational couples face every day. Be a part of the change!

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