Daniel Cates says there will in fact be another Stonewall march in Dallas this year

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Daniel Cates speaks in the parking lot of Kroger on Cedar Springs before last year’s Million Gay March.

Back in April I reported right here on Instant Tea that Equality March 2010, this year’s version of last year’s Million Gay March, had been moved to October to beat the June heat. But as it turns out, one of the organizers of last year’s event is now separately planning a march at the end of this month to commemmorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Daniel Cates, a co-chair of the committee that organized the Million Gay March, said this year’s Stonewall anniversary march will take place on the evening of June 27 in downtown Dallas:

“I am waiting on details to finalize before sending out official press releases and such, but this march is in fact going to happen on June 27,” Cates said. “This is not an Equality March Texas event, they do still plan to hold their march in October to celebrate National Coming Out Day. This march is being organized by independent activists including myself, Chastity Kirven, Nonnie Ouch (president of the Texas Tech GSA), Elizabeth Pax and a bunch of others. The idea [is] that there is still a need to remember the Stonewall Riots here in North Texas. As opposed to last year, we will kick things off in the evening to avoid the blistering heat, and the event will be taking place in downtown Dallas (exact march route is still in limbo as we are waiting on a meeting with DPD — this will also affect where we start and stop — hence us not quite sending out press releases just yet). Some confirmed speakers for the event are Dr. Stephen Sprinkle of Brite Divinity School, Chastity (CD) Kirven and more still to come.”

A Facebook event page for the march is here.

—  John Wright

Equality March 2010 organizers will beat the heat and take their message to Main Street

In other march-related news, as I was nosing around YouTube last night, I came across this short promotional video for the Equality March 2010 in Dallas. This is the second incarnation of last year’s “Million Gay March,” in which thousands (yes, thousands) braved 100-degree heat to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion — and, as it turned out, get fired up about the Rainbow Lounge raid.

This morning I spoke with organizer Latisha McDaniel of Equality March Texas, who confirmed what is stated at the end of the video — that the event has been moved to October this year.

“We discussed about last year, with the heat and everything, how awful it was,” McDaniel said.  “We decided to have it around National Coming Out Week.”

While organizers have settled on a date, Oct. 16, they’re still working to finalize a route. After being accused of preaching to the choir by holding the march in Oak Lawn last year, McDaniel said the group looked at Oak Cliff, the SMU area and Addison, but is now zeroing in on downtown Dallas as the likely location, possibly followed by a rally at Victory Park.

“A lot of people had concerns that we were basically speaking to our own people, so we’re going to take our message to Main Street,” McDaniel said.

But isn’t Oct. 16 awfully close to September’s Pride celebration?

“Pride is more a of a festive thing. This is more of a march commemorating National Coming Out Week, so I’m not really too worried about it.”

For more info about Equality March 2010, visit the group’s Web site or e-mail info@equalitymarchtexas.org.

UPDATE: McDaniel says credit for the video goes to Jason Williams, who’s also on her “short list of baby daddies.”

—  John Wright