Letter From Nevada State Senator Parks, April 22nd, 2011
State of Nevada
April 22, 2011
Mr. Richard Noble
Los Angeles, CA
Dear Mr. Noble,
It is an honor to have you in our State capitol on your journey walking the Rainbow Flag from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Statue of Liberty. I commend you for your action, which seeks to further draw attention to the demand for equality for individuals in the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer communities. Historically, these communities have faced discrimination based on their innate status, which has resulted in abuse, loss of life, psychological damage and untold human tragedy.
I appreciate that through your courageous action and determination you are generating support for the American Equality Bill, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The bill would additionally bring Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974, the Fair Housing Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, and the Government Employee Rights Act of 1991 in line with equal protection of the law.
While in our area, I understand that the Walker River Paiute Tribe Cultural Affairs Department will give blessings to your journey and purpose. I find this very significant and fitting since your walk is also dedicated to Henry "Harry" Hay Jr., the founder of the first gay rights group in the United States and to Wovoka, a Paiute prophet who blessed Harry Hay on this location in the 1920's.
Thank you for your inspiration to promote these important issues. Congratulations as you continue your historic walk to raise awareness for a federal American Equality Bill.
David R Parks
Nevada State Senator