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Monday, July 22, 2013

HERO Equality Walk reaches Gila County


MONDAY Day 6 of the HERO Equality Walk begins in Globe, AZ, Gila County seat. The walkers will begin their day with a 5.4 mile walk through town followed by a Equal Marriage Arizona petition signing event at the Globe Public Library. From there, the walker will drive to St. John's, Apache County seat and end their day with a 4.6 mile walk. 

The HERO Equality Walk is currently on a 10 day walk through each of the 15 county seats in Arizona to spread the message about the importance of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) equality throughout the state.

Join the HERO Equality Walkers on a tribute to our fallen HEROES.

This summer we will be walking 101 miles for equality -- 19 of these miles will be in Prescott, Arizona to honor the 19 HEROES of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. 
 

For more information about the HERO Equality Walk or to read our daily blog, please visit our website at www.equalitywalk.org or media contact below.

WHAT IS THE HERO EQUALITY WALK?

Arizona is one of 29 states where it is completely legal to fire someone simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The Governor has sued trying to prevent the state from offering benefits to same-sex partners of state employees. These examples inequality - along with so many others - are what motivates Equality Walkers to complete the 101 miles journey they are walking this July through the Arizona desert.

Why 101 miles? Equality Walkers will walk one mile for each year Arizona has been a state without full legal equality for all Arizonans.  Equality Walkers utilize these miles to speak to police, city managers, faith communities, elected officials and individuals in diverse communities and give a real face to LGBTQ Arizonans.

"Walking 100 miles may seem like a crazy feat. But the purpose is to be bold, the length is meant to be challenging," Says Meg Sneed, the Valley Route Director for the walk "It has been challenging for gay and lesbian Arizonans to go 101 years without equal rights. Walking symbolizes a journey and a destination, because it's time to end the days of second class citizenship for LGBTQ people."

The Equality Walk will start their pilgrimage on July 17th and will walk their 101st mile on Saturday, July 27th - ending with a rally at the State Capitol in Phoenix.

During their ten days on the roads and trails of Arizona, walkers will hit all 15 county seats - sharing personal stories and the need for equality.
 

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