Elvis Presley's birthplace. The first county seat in Mississippi with a monument to the struggle for civil rights to be placed on the courthouse square. A city in the northeast quadrant of the state where hope is growing for a future with everyone enjoying the civil rights we cherish in the United States.
People of color are now free to enjoy life anywhere they can afford to live. Women actually hold some elective offices and speak out when they wish.
There is a class of people who are NOT YET FREE to enjoy all of the rights our Constitution guarantees and who do not yet benefit from "...liberty and justice for ALL." People who at a certain age come to realize that they are homosexual and long for a partner of the same sex are treated as pariahs. People who are not comfortable in the gender identity of their bodies, people who are physically attracted to both genders are similarly labeled as outcasts and laws prevent them from their full rights under the Constitution. The time has come when they too must be recognized as human beings, entitled to all of the civil rights our Constitution extends to ALL citizens. ALL CITIZENS.
There are people who care, who are working for equality for ALL.
Come meet some of them
Noon October 8, 2012
The Link Centre
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
THERE IS HELP
Equality for ALL
Each time a person stands up for an ideal,
or acts to improve the lot of others...
he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope,
and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring,
those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert F. Kennedy
The Link Centre [link]
1800 W. Main St. In Tupelo is a "Community Cultivator" an incubator for new ideas and events. It is a non-profit organization underwritten by the CREATE Foundation [link] is the leading philanthropic organization in the region.
Those who wish to participate may gather around 11:00 am to prepare tables for information displays, hang banners, get to know each other and meet the organizers and sponsors. The goals for the days activities are:
To show the colors of our organizations and assure people that there are groups
and places of tolerance and acceptance of all people, with no exceptions.
To provide colorful action events that will attract television and print news media and
show that the South does have caring, loving people who do not Judge others.
To provide a center for at least one day where reliable information is available
about human sexuality.
To do constructive networking to improve our ability to counter hateful propaganda.
October 8th 2012 at Noon:
along Main Street
Our message is that all people are endowed by their Creator with Certain Inalienable Rights that include Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness and Equality under the Constitution of the United States.
Let us gather to proclaim:
There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the guarantee of Equal Justice under the Law.
The Gay and Lesbian members of our community must not be made to live in fear.
The Right to Life and the Pursuit of Happiness means NO ONE should be harassed or bullied.
Public expressions of homophobia are NOT acceptable, especially not by organizations
claiming to represent religious views of family values.
1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
FREE SHOWINGS IN THE BLACK BOX THEATER
"Laramie, Inside Out"
An acclaimed, hopeful and entertaining documentary film that is a memorial to Matthew Shepard. In October 1998, Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die. The horror of this murder pushed Laramie into the media spotlight and sparked a nationwide debate about homophobia, gay-bashing and hate crimes.
Filmmaker Beverly Seckinger returns to her hometown to see how this event had affected the site of her own closeted adolescence. Along the way she meets "God-hates-fags" Westboro Baptist Church Reverend Fred Phelps, who condemns Shepard and all homosexuals to an eternal hell. But Seckinger meets many more—parents, teachers, clergy and students—telling their stories, speaking out and taking the risks of being who they are.
3:00 pm and 7:30 pm
FREE SHOWINGS IN THE BLACK BOX THEATER
It's Elementary takes cameras into classrooms across the U.S. to look at one of today's most controversial issues - whether and how gay issues should be discussed in schools. It features elementary and middle schools where (mainly heterosexual) teachers are challenging the prevailing political climate and its attempt to censor any dialogue in schools about gay people.
Rather than focusing on the debate between adults, though, the film takes the point of view of the school children, starting as young as first grade. The results are surprising and, as the LA Reader says, "funny, touching, and fascinating."
Gender Orientation is NOT a matter of "choice".
This behavior has not been considered a pathology since the 1990's. Reputable psychologists
and psychiatrists no longer treat this as an illness.
Studies by clinical researchers in brain structure and function report sexual orientation is inborn.
Many faith communities embrace LGBT people fully and have inclusive theological interpretations.
Following the film screening and town-hall forum, participants are invited to continue the conversation in the Link Centre's Reception Hall and to visit with representatives of local groups and organizations to learn about their work and how to get more involved and take action.
If you or your organization would like to set-up an information table, please contact Melanie Deas at: firstname.lastname@example.org
IF you or your organization would like to add your names to the list of sponsors and supporters, please use the e-mail icon or email@example.com to tell us so and state how you want to appear. Organizations may include a link to their website if they wish.
Free Showings of the films
"Laramie, Inside Out"
Lesbian? Gay? Bi-sexual? Trans-gender? Trans-sexual?
Not sure whether you are straight or not?
You do not have to be alone!
Being bullied, harassed or tormented?
The Law is on your side to stop it.
There are churches, organizations and people
here in Tupelo who can and will help.
Come meet some of them at the Link Centre
October 8, 2012
From noon to 8:00 p.m.
Free literature, discussions and information