Do Ask! Do Tell!
Have been corresponding with Boris Dittrich, a former Dutch politician (one of three politicians responsible for getting lgbt into marriage law in the Netherlands) who is now Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch in the US. Keep watching this man, he is a powerful ally for us. Here is the invite Human Rights Watch sent out about an event they are having today. Ente Breed from Immigration Equality will also be attending. It is great we have Boris speaking on our immigration issue! I hope this gets taken up in newspapers around the country, adding to the growing voices that we must get all our rights SOON! Carolien Gehrels, deputy mayor of Amsterdam and also in this panel, was in the New York Times yesterday.
*** News Conference Invitation *** US: Pass Laws for Immigration and Marriage Equality Human Rights Watch is pleased to invite you to a news conference in support of marriage and immigration equality for same-sex couples in New York and the United States. The news conference will be held at New York University at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 26 – the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, widely considered to be the start of the global gay rights movement. New York State’s legislature is preparing to vote on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in New York. The US Congress is also considering legislation that would amend discriminatory US immigration law to allow Americans in same-sex, bi-national couples to sponsor their foreign-born partners for citizenship.
• Carolien Gehrels, deputy mayor of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Dr. Boris Dittrich, advocacy director for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Rights Program of Human Rights Watch
• Ron Zacchi, executive director of Marriage Equality New York
• Kenji Yoshino, professor at New York University, School of Law
Where: New York University, Jurrow Hall 100 Washington Square East (between Washington & Waverly, entrance on Waverly) When: 1 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2009
The news conference will be led by Carolien Gehrels, deputy mayor of Amsterdam and the first foreign official to visit the United States to advocate for same-sex marriage equality. Amsterdam will host five gay and lesbian bi-national American-Dutch couples at its Pride festival in August 2009, to be wedded by Mayor Job Cohen. Speaking on immigration equality will be Boris Dittrich, advocacy director for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Rights Program of Human Rights Watch, who as a Dutch parliamentarian in 1998 introduced a same-sex marriage resolution to the Dutch Parliament that led to the passage of the world’s first same-sex marriage law in April 2001.
For more information, please contact: In New York, Boris Dittrich (English, Dutch): +1-212-216-1280; or +1-917-535-3863 (mobile) Note to journalists: All the speakers will be available for interview following the news conference.
Copies of the speakers’ remarks will also be available immediately following the presentation.