The work we do wouldn’t be possible without all of your support – that includes both the LGBT members of our community as well as our straight allies. Today I write to you with pride about one of the greatest allies I know. My cousin, Steve Otten, will be running the 40th Annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. this Sunday, October 25, 2015. Just qualifying for this race is an accomplishment; however, he is running to benefit the Forum for Equality, and in this capacity, he has already raised more than $1,000.00 for the work that we do.
The Marathon consists of a 26.2 mile run through Washington, DC which Steve thought would be the perfect backdrop for our historic marriage equality victory. This is not his first time running this Marathon, and his continued efforts remind me of the importance to keep our focus on the road ahead. We rightly celebrate, but we also remember we have much work left to do. If you have trouble reading the sign he’s holding, it says “Today I ran for love – what did you do today?”
I am so fortunate to have someone like Steve in my family – will you please join me in investing in equality today in honor of his race on Sunday? Whether $10, $50, or any sum you feel comfortable donating, every bit will help inspire him to cross the finish line. Because if Steve wrote this email, I know he would ask “What did you do for love today?”
Yours in Equality,
Chair, Forum for Equality Louisiana