Column One:
Eye on Unmarried America

August 20,  2007  



More info on 'singles week' events

By Thomas F. Coleman

The Alternatives to Marriage Project (AtMP) has issued a formal invitation regarding the events it will sponsor in California next month to celebrate Unmarried and Single Americans Week.

This week's column includes the full text of that invitation, which appears below.  To see this invitation as a nicely formatted flyer, please click on the following link:

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You are invited to join the Alternatives to Marriage Project in honoring Unmarried & Single Americans Week.

There are three local events to choose from:

* Los Angeles area party for members, potential members & friends: Sunday Sept. 16th, 4-6 pm @ 2214 Walnut Ave, Venice (2 blocks north of Venice Blvd, 4 blocks east of Lincoln). Hosted by Nancy Bauck & Rajiv Garg. Featuring a provocative talk by Bella DePaulo, author of Singled Out.

* Reception & presentation on unmarried & single advocacy: Tuesday Sept. 18th, 6-8 pm @ Femina Potens Art Gallery, 2199 Market Street, San Francisco (at Sanchez, 1 block from Church St. MUNI station). Hosted by Tracy Watson. Offering a cash bar. Media are welcome at this event.

* Bay Area party for members, potential members & friends: Wednesday Sept. 19th, 6-8 pm @ 2124 Prince Street, Berkeley (at Shattuck, 3 blocks from Ashby BART station). Hosted by Kathy Collins, Martha Ehrenfeld, Roger Lake, & E. Kay Trimberger.

There are no entry fees or minimum donations, but each event will inspire you to support the Alternatives to Marriage Project, so please bring your cash, checkbook or credit card. AtMP is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization; all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Please RSVP to or 718-788-1911. If you can't attend, please support AtMP's mission of ending marital status discrimination by donating online at

Please forward this invitation to your friends and networks.

More about the Alternatives to Marriage Project:

End marital status discrimination. Relieve and reduce the stigma against singles, unmarried partners and parents, and diverse families. This is AtMP's vision, and we have an impressive record of achievement. With over 9,000 members in all 50 states, and hundreds of media appearances each year, AtMP is the only organization that combines practical advice, responsible media outreach, and policy advocacy for all unmarried people. Subscribe to our free e-newsletter and learn about your rights, the reality of unmarriage in America, and the potential for social change at

More about Unmarried & Single Americans Week:

Now widely observed during the third full week of September (Sept. 16-22 in 2007), "USA Week"

originated with the Buckeye Singles Council in Ohio in the 1980s. Unmarried and single people include all who have never married, are no longer married, or aren't able to marry legally.

Society's excessive focus on marriage generates shared interests among a wide variety of people: it affects people of all ages, races, orientations, and beliefs. In California, the majority of households are headed by unmarried adults. In the Los Angeles metro area, unmarried people head nearly 53% of households; people living alone comprise nearly 48% of unmarried households. In the San Francisco metro area, over 53% of households are unmarried, and over 54% of them are people living alone.


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Unmarried America 2007

Thomas F. Coleman, Executive Director of Unmarried America, is an attorney with 33 years of experience in singles' rights, family diversity, domestic partner benefits, and marital status discrimination.  Each week he adds a new commentary to Column One: Eye on Unmarried America. E-mail: Unmarried America is a nonprofit information service for unmarried employees, consumers, taxpayers, and voters.