Billboards Demand Respect For Richmond's LGBT Community
local gay rights activist has launched a billboard campaign which he says "demands
equality" for the concerns of gay, lesbian and transgender people in the Richmond area.
"I would like people to focus on fairness,"
says LGBT activist Jay Squires. "I would like people to imagine if they are in
our situation -- Every morning, I wake up and realize I'm a second class
citizen. That I'm not the same as my
neighbor or friend. That I suffer
deficits compared to them. That I'm not
Squires says he is
demanding change, and the messages on the billboards will bring awareness to
the concerns of the gay and lesbian community, and encourage LGBT people in Richmond to find their
"We need to step up and
demand our equality. And that's
something that I'm sad to say we haven't done well so far. We've been polite. We've been working through the system. Well, the system hasn't worked for us," says
The billboards can be
seen off Interstate 95 near Sherwood
Avenue and off Mechanicsville Turnpike near Laburnum Avenue. It's
estimated that 81,000 people will see the two billboards each week.