West Coast Premiere of “8”
An unconstitutional proposition.
An unprecedented decision.
An all-star cast.
a new play by
DUSTIN LANCE BLACK
Benefit Reading for Marriage Equality
American Foundation for Equal Rights,
Broadway Impact &
Presenting Sponsor Bryan Singer
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:
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.
BY ON TOP MAGAZINE STAFF
Tennessee high school principal Dorothy Bond is coming under fire for allegedly telling gay students that they’re going to hell.
According to ABC affiliate ABC24, Bond, the principal at Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tennessee, is coming under fire for controversial comments she made about gay people and teen pregnancy during a meeting with students.
“At first she was talking about PDA and she turned around and she directly pointed to the gay people and said if you’re gay you’re going to hell and if you’re pregnant, you’re life is over,” said Amber Whittiemore, who heard about Bond’s comments through a gay friend of hers who attended the meeting.
Outraged parents have called for the district to discipline Bond.
Parent Tony Snipes said Bond was creating an unwelcome environment for pregnant and gay teens.
“That’s not her role. Her role as educator, as principal, is to encourage them regardless of their circumstances or situations,” Snipes said. “With remarks she made I personally believe she does not need to be a principal in Haywood County Schools anymore.”
“Something should happen,” said Brittany Siler, a graduate of Haywood High School. “I don’t say fire her or anything else because she is a very nice lady but she shouldn’t have done it that way.”
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest gay rights advocate, has called on Dr. Marlon D. King, superintendent of Haywood County Schools, to investigate the incident.
THINK PROGRESS LGBT:
UPDATE: PRINCIPAL WHO CONDEMNED GAY AND PREGNANT STUDENTS RESIGNS | The principal of Tennessee’s Haywood High School, Dorothy Bond, has resigned following various allegations that she has told gay students they are going to Hell and pregnant students that their lives are over. The school district released a statement saying, “The Haywood County Board of Education acknowledges its student body’s right to free speech. Further, the Haywood County Board of Education strives to provide an atmosphere of tolerance and diversity while maintaining high academic standards.”
From the NOH8 Campaign:
Nearly one and a half years since Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker declared Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional in the landmark Perry v. Brown case, the 9th US District Circuit Court of Appeals finally announced this morning that they will be upholding Judge Walker’s decision: PROPOSITION H8 IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL!
Opponents of same-sex marriage will likely file an appeal to the decision, and the next steps may inevitably lead to a hearing before the US Supreme Court; casting the national spotlight on California’s fight for the freedom to marry and putting the focus on same-sex marriage at a federal level. Most importantly, today’s rulings open up the door for the same arguments to be used to the benefit of advancing pro-same-sex marriage legislation in other states.
What does this mean in the now? When can same-sex couples in California begin to get married again? The imposed stay on permitting same-sex marriages will likely stand in anticipation of further appeals; but we will update this page as more information becomes available.
For now, we must celebrate this huge advance for gay rights and continue this year’s momentum of the positive forces for change we’ve seen in places like Washington state, Delaware, Hawaii, and of course New York. This is an incredible day for couples not only in California but across the United States, and we will continue to share the details of what this decision means as we learn more.
In addition to ruling on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, there were two more issues for the 9th Circuit to rule on. First, they were to decide whether or not Prop 8 Supporters have the standing under federal law to appeal Judge Walker’s decision: they have ruled they do, mirroring the California Supreme Court’s decision this past November. Second, the 9th Circuit had to decide if Judge Ware (who took over for the now retired Judge Walker) was correct in denying a motion from Prop 8 supporters that would overturn Judge Walker’s decision based on the the revelation that Judge Walker failed to disclose he was in a committed same-sex relationship himself. The 9th Circuit has ruled that Judge Ware was indeed in the right and dismissed the motion to vacate, reaffirming that Judge Walker’s relationship has no bearing on the merit of his d ecision.
In the meantime, one of the most important notions to gain from today’s victory is that there is promise, there is hope, and that with enough perseverance and patience, we can achieve the equal rights we deserve. We need to focus on figuring out what each of us can do from here to help the movement in our own way. Everybody has their own way of speaking out, and we have to celebrate those differences and encourage people to bring their own personal talents to the table. We want full recognition of equal rights for everybody on a federal level, and all of us are going to have to work together to do it!
So many people and organizations, particularly AFER, have played such a pivotal role in this historic decision. The NOH8 Campaign was born out of the passage of Prop 8, and we’re proud to be a part of the fight. Even still, we couldn’t do what we do without such incredible dedication and help from each of you in the community. If not for your support, NOH8 would have never made it past California — and here we are, three years later, having been to three countries and well over half of the United States spreading our message of hope and acceptance. Prop 8 was just the beginning; we will continue to fight and advocate for those without a voice until everybody is equal.