“8″: A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality

West Coast Premiere of “8”

An unconstitutional proposition.
An unprecedented decision.
An all-star cast.

a new play by

Benefit Reading for Marriage Equality

Presented by
American Foundation for Equal Rights,
Broadway Impact &
Presenting Sponsor Bryan Singer

directed by

Featuring an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others, “8″ is a play written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and directed by acclaimed actor and director Rob Reiner. It is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER ) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8 [LINK], a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.

Here is the video of the historic live stage reading:

I Want to Know What It’s Like!!

A moving Gay Rights Video That Brings Tears to Your Eyes and Chills Down Your Spin by Ryan James Yezak and friends

“A second class citizen is defined as: a person whose rights and opportunities are treated as less important than those of other people in the same society. There are many areas in which gays, lesbians, & bisexuals do not have the same rights & opportunities as others in society. We must change this now.

I want to make a documentary that encompasses all areas in which we are discriminated against. The general population is not aware that discrimination against the gay community goes beyond marriage & bullying. There is far too much hate directed towards our community and I want to capture that hate on camera. In addition, I want to explore where this hate comes from, why it continues to exist, and what we must do to get rid of it. A better solution is needed because the solution we have right now isn’t working fast enough.

I am not a second class citizen. You are not a second class citizen. Right now, the laws in place (and lack thereof) say that we are. Let’s change that.”

Ryan James Yezak
Click to learn how you can participate and help produce the Second Class Citizens documentary

Please show this to everyone you can.

Harvard Expelled Gays in the Past – Activists Seek Posthumous Degrees

Harvard University is an American private Ivy League research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States[7] and the first corporation (officially The President and Fellows of Harvard College) chartered in the country. Harvard’s history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

In 1920, seven students were expelled from Harvard University because they were gay or thought to be gay—and now a group of students and faculty wants the school to award the seven with posthumous degrees. The group also wants Harvard to formally abolish its “secret court,” the group of administrators who investigated possibly homosexual students in 1920, which only became public in 2002 when a student reporter discovered the “court” and its expulsion of the seven students.

A rally will be held tomorrow when Lady Gaga visits the campus to launch her Born This Way anti-bullying foundation, the AP reports. “Given the Born This Way Foundation’s commitment to this mission and their choice to launch their foundation at Harvard, we felt like this was an opportunity to ask for their support and would hope they would join us in asking Harvard to do the right thing here and help seek justice for these students,” says one visiting faculty member. Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, and Kathleen Sebelius are expected to join Gaga on campus.

By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff

History information from Wikipedia entry “Harvard University”

It Does Get Better and Here’s Some Proof

Lady Gaga Honored by Suicide Victim’s Family at Trevor Project Event

Lady Gaga was honored for her tireless efforts toward LGBT youth at The Trevor Project’s 2011 Trevor Live event at The Hollywood Palladium Sunday.

The star-studded event was a benefit aimed to provide expanded crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

Gaga was presented with the honor by the family of Jamey Rodemeyer, the Buffalo, New York teenager who killed himself in September after enduring constant harassment from schoolyard bullies over his sexuality. Rodemeyer, a huge fan of the Born This Way singer, gained prominence earlier this year after posing a viral video discussing his struggles with his peers.

Google Inc. was also cited by event organizers for their contributions toward the cause.

Many of Hollywood’s brightest stars were front-and-center for the event, including Josh Duhamel & Fergie; LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian; Glee’s Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Dianna Agron, Harry Shum Jr. and Amber Riley; Avatar stunner Zoe Saldana; former American Idol competitors Kris Allen & Stefano Langone; Dancing with the Stars beauty Julianne Hough; and Star Trek hunk Zachary Quinto.

There were plenty of standout performances as well, including Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka singing “Baby You’re The Top;” Criss singing “It’s Not Unusual;” Miley Cyrus singing “The Climb;” Mary J. Blige singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water;” and Queen Latifah belting out “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” among others.

For more info on The Trevor Project, check out their website at thetrevorproject.org, and follow them on Twitter at @trevorproject.

as published at RadarOnline.com

English Professor Promotes Diversity in and out of Classroom

For anyone who has never attended one of Martin Pousson’s classes, a typical first day of class looks something like this:

“There’s two things about me that don’t change that students need to know. One is that I’m covering up a lot of ink and it’s permanent,” Pousson said. “The second is that I am an out and outrageous homosexual and that’s permanent, too.”

Martin Pousson, associate English professor, has been an advocate of the LGBT community since his college years. He now serves the LGBT community on campus by providing a safe space for them in his office in Sierra Hall. Photo Credit: Jeffrey Zide / Contributor

Pousson, a CSUN (California State University – Northridge) associate English professor and member of the Queer Studies Program who grew up in the bayou-land of Louisiana and attended Loyola College in New Orleans, where he first came out.

There was no organization or club for LGBT people at Loyola, so he created an LGBTIQQA (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Questioning Alliance) club.

Coming out is a “critical first step in creating a set of systems and institutions that are actually legitimate,” he said. “Coming out is also a duty.”

When LGBT students fail to embrace their own identities, they give credence to the same systems and institutions which they say are delegitimizing them, Pousson added.

Pousson said he waited until later in the semester as he became comfortable with the class to come out to his students at other universities.

Over the last five years, it has became important to come out on the first day of the semester, especially as more students having just finished high school are coming out as LGBT, he said.

Pousson’s office, Sierra Tower 802, serves as the temporary home of the Queer Student Ambassadors, a group of students who co-sponsor events between LGBT clubs and organizations on campus.

“It is impossible to pigeonhole a community as diverse as the LGBT community because it is always growing and evolving,” he said.

The Embassy, as it is called, serves as a temporary resource center until the fully funded LGBT Resource Center, which is expected to open in Fall 2012, is fully functional.

“It should be student-directed and have a focus on spectrum and intersection,” Pousson said. “(It) should be on the entire community, not just one aspect of it.”

By Jeffrey Zide as published at Daily Sundial

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