Below is the next in our series of E&J stories. See you at Equality & Justice Day on April 28!
Mollie DeMeio, Newburgh:
I first attended Equality and Justice Day in 2007 as a high school sophomore. I had lobbied in New York State before, so I thought I knew what to expect. I was so wrong. The Pride Agenda community and its supporters are fierce. They're so passionate, organized, intelligent and diverse. I was especially glad to see how many young people there were, all decked out in rainbow clothes waving signs in support of the Dignity for All Students Act, and others. I'd never before been surrounded by so many politically active queer people of all ages and walks of life.
This April will be my third consecutive E&J Day. Each year I gain more and more knowledge on the issues that affect our community and how to discuss them with my legislators. It's simple yet effective political engagement that I love, and of which I am very proud. I hope to continue attending E&J Day every year until either I move from New York, or until we no longer need to lobby the government for equality and justice!