Swim for Equality

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Swim For Equality
Swim participants at the finish line
The Swim for Equality series is a two-part series with a race in June from Swim for Equality from Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay and in September in Malibu, California.


Swim for Equality

Equality California is on the front lines, advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights across California. Equality California advocates for pro-LGBT legislation in Sacramento and works with key coalition partners and thousands of volunteers to build public support for full LGBT equality, nothing less.

The Second Annual Swim for Equality's motto is "Together, we will achieve equality for LGBT Californians, one stroke at a time."

Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation. Equality California has passed more than 70 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment.

Distances and Dates

1.2 miles of cold water swimming in June from from Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay and 1.7 miles of swimming in the warmer waters of Southern California waters in Malibu.

Support for Swim for Equality

Olympic Gold Medalist Gary Hall Jr.
Gary Hall, Jr., 10-Time Olympic Medalist and Swim for Equality participant, ""Issues of LGBT equality hit particularly close to home, as I have friends who are LGBT, some of whom have been afraid to come out of the closet. I see the work that Equality California is doing as so important to the welfare of my friends and all LGBT people."

Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis
Greg Louganis, 5-Time Olympic Medalist and Swim for Equality participant, "For me, sports are the perfect way to provide a message of a hopeful future to our community, particularly LGBTQ teens. I’m grateful to see so much support for the Swim for Equality, particularly from two Olympic heroes like Gary and Lenny. The Swim for Equality is a win, win, win all the way around!."

Daniel Slocki
Daniel Slocki, NCAA Division 1 Collegiate Swimmer andSwim for Equality participant, "Knowing that the Swim would to help the LGBT community come closer to obtaining equal rights made it a no brainer to do. Last year's Swim itself was great, but it was really the people I met along the way that made this such an enjoyable event to participate in. I’m looking forward to another great year and excited to give back to the community that has given me such great friends and a comforting outlook on life."

Dan Veatch
Dan Veatch US Olympic Swimmer Swim for Equality participant.

MKH2O, Race Producer

is a business founded by Michael Holtz whose goal is to elevate the concept of a nationwide series of open-water swim and athletic events across the country that directly benefit national LGBT organizations that are continually battle for equality for and acceptance of the LGBT community.

Michael Holtz, Founder
Michael Holtz produces events to benefit national LGBT organizations. It is Michael’s mission that these athletically targeted events for all – straight and LGBT – show a new face of hope to young, LGBT kids and athletes by showing how diverse participants embrace equality for all led by the example of an inspiring, young, gay, male athlete who is trailblazing new paths of acceptance and equality for each of us every day.




Name Michael Holtz

Email [1]

Website: http://www.eqca.org/swim

Class: Amateur

Wetsuit: Yes

Relay: No

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