August 6, 2010

Brian Winfield, EQFL Communications Director, (727) 488-7799  
Zeke Fread, Pride Tampa Bay, (813) 251-0693  
Brandon Hensler, ACLU, (786) 363-2737 or  
Sean Eldridge, Freedom to Marry,

Over 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community members and our straight allies will gather to celebrate LGBT families and our progress toward full equality. The celebratory rally will include a family picnic, press conference and screening of the locally produced documentary “In Anita’s Wake,” a film that looks back at 33 years of Florida’s notorious anti-gay adoption law.

The rally is being held in contrast to the rabidly anti-gay National Organization for Marriage and their national tour, which stops in Florida on Sunday.

News conference speakers: 

Rev. Phyllis Hunt 
Kathy Castor, US Congress 
Kevin Beckner, Hillsborough County Commission 
Dee Graham and Charlotte Quandt, lesbian mom and daughter 
Vicki Nantz, Film Director / Producer 
A proclamation by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio will be presented.

WHEN: - Sunday, August 8th

12:00 pm - Indoor picnic 
1:00 pm -Celebrate Our Families Press Conference 
1:30 pm - Premiere Sneak Preview Screening of "In Anita's Wake" a look at Florida's notorious anti-gay adoption law (70minutes) 
2:45 pm – Q&A featuring filmaker Vicki Nantz and others featured in the film.

Media are asked to attend the press conference at 1:00PM and are welcome to come early or stay late to speak with LGBT families, Vicki Nantz, and others leading the fight to end the adoption ban.

Metropolitan Community Church - 408 East Cayuga Street Tampa, FL


Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa St. Pete Pride
Equality Florida Progress Florida
Pride Tampa Bay Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas
ACLU of Florida Hillsborough County GLBTA Democrats
Securing Our Children’s Rights (SOCR) Courage Campaign
Out & Equal Tampa Bay Get Equal
Freedom to Marry Florida Consumer Action Network
National Organization for Women – Tampa Chapter Family Equality Council
Tampa Bay Family Pride Gaybor Business District

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