Last month, we posted "Testimony", the Stephen Schwartz collaboration with the SF Gay Men's Chorus which turned portions of Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" project into a choral anthem about coming out and living powerfully.
Videographer Sean Chapin produced a mini-doc about the making of the video. He writes:
The video, which is essentially an It Gets Better video, covers the journey that chorus members experienced in singing "Testimony" during Spring 2012, as 44 chorus members talk about how hard life was when they were growing up to the point of some trying to take their life, then talk about how much better life got for them as adults, experiencing exciting adventures and being able to sing with each other - all within the context of this song. Also shown in the video is footage of us singing the song in various settings (first run-through, rehearsal, retreat, director's prelude), leading up to the Skywalker Sound recording.
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MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Former National Chairman of the DNC Donald Fowler makes the case for the Democratic Party to add gay marriage to their official plank for the 2012 election.
LEGOLAND: Hermit crab moves into a plastic shell.
WARRIOR: Mark Foster, A-Trak, and Kimbra collaborate on a new track.
BEN CRANE: Currently in the top 10 leaderboard at The Masters. This is his work-out video.
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UK Guardian: Actors still afraid to come out of the closet.
Gays seen to have notably lower divorce rates than straight people in Britain.
Tim Tebow settles in for a mani-pedi in West Hollywood.
Jesus Christ spotted on dead fish.
Ken Mehlman hosts fundraiser for Massachusetts Senate candidate Richard Tisei: "Tisei would be the first Republican who has come out as gay before being elected to Congress, if he can beat incumbent Democrat John Tierney in November."
Signorile: Obama must come out of the closet on gay marriage. "Mitt Romney is now emerging as the sure Republican nominee, a man who supports 'gay rights' but not 'gay marriage' -- in other words, in the broad brush of politics and the media, having the same position as Obama."
Ricky Martin opens on Broadway in Evita.
Gay marriage gossip from the State Dinner: “Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for all that you’re doing for marriage equality in Great Britain,” the guest said to Cameron, who was standing to Obama’s right, literally and figuratively. With a gesture towards the president, Cameron replied, “It takes a conservative to convince a liberal about gay marriage.”
Guess who's going to play Grace Kelly?
Maryland Delegate Sam Arora adopts Obama talking point, says his views on marriage have "evolved".
Civil rights museum in Birmingham, Alabama opens door to lesbian, gay family awareness: "The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute opens a new exhibit tonight titled 'Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South' by photographer Carolyn Sherer."
U.S. sinks 'ghost ship' floating out at sea since Japan's tsunami: "The Ryou-Un Maru stayed afloat for several hours, listing and ablaze, after the coastguard opened fired with a 25mm machine gun as it drifted about 170 nautical miles south-west of the Alaskan town of Sitka. A few hours later the coastguard finished it off with artillery rounds. It was believed to have been carrying more than 9,000 litres of diesel fuel."
NOM claims to speak for African American and Hispanic communities in fundraising letter.
Britain's gay flamingo couple Carlos and Fernando celebrate fifth anniversary: "The pair surprised staff at the wildlife park after they came out five years ago and began to engage in a series of complex mating rituals. The pink birds have been inseparable ever since and have even raised chicks together after they stole eggs from neighbouring straight couples."
Mormons working to overturn marriage equality in Maryland: “We need to collect approximately 200,000 signatures by the end of May,” the email states. “We are looking for people to gather signatures within the LDS community.”
Sarah Palin goes on attack against Levi Johnston, accuses him of lying: "We have never hidden Tripp from Levi or discouraged Levi from spending time with him. Any suggestion that we have is false and contrary to our core beliefs. We are disappointed that he continues to tell falsehoods about us to garner media attention. We encourage Levi and all non-custodial fathers to be fully engaged and to positively and fully participate in their children's lives. This includes not making misstatements about his child's grandparents."
'Outspoken' Iowan Zach Wahls Dispels Myths and Misinformation About Families with Gay Parents: VIDEO
Amazing-Iowan-with-two-moms Zach Wahls continues his advocacy in a new video series for the Family Equality Council:
The Outspoken Generation empowers young adults with LGBT parents to speak out about our community’s families. These young advocates will share their stories and advocate for family equality on the local, state, and national levels. For 30 years we've been raising our children to tell the truth, love their country, and be good neighbors. Now they are speaking out, dispelling myths and misinformation about their families, and changing the national dialogue about family values.
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In related news, Wahls is scheduled to go on a speaking tour across Iowa: "According to the advocacy group One Iowa, the former University of Iowa student will travel to cities across the state to speak at parties and other gatherings about same-sex marriage starting in August and again in December."
Silver Lake Steps Dedicated to Pioneering Gay Rights Group 'Mattachine Society' on Harry Hay's 100th Birthday
The Cove Avenue steps have been renamed 'The Mattachine Steps' in honor of the pioneering gay rights group founded by Harry Hay and will be dedicated tomorrow on what would have been Hay's 100th birthday, Patch reports:
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti will officially rededicate what we have long known as the Cove Avenue Steps. State senator Mike Gatto will also be join neighbors at the base of the stairs for the event. He'll present a proclamation honoring Hay, who many call "the father of the gay rights movement."
Karen Ocamb at LGBT POV has more:
A ceremony at the foot of the Cove Avenue Steps on Silver Lake Blvd. recognizing the site as a historic place by the City of Los Angeles. The dedication of “The Mattachine Steps” (which lead up to the house where pioneer gay activist Harry Hay founded the Mattachine Society in 1950) will be followed by a Radical Faerie-hosted picnic in an adjoining park overlooking the Silver Lake Reservoir (east side). Then, at 2:30, a book signing and reading of Stuart Timmon’s newly updated biography “The Trouble with Harry Hay” at nearby Stories bookstore, 1716 Sunset Blvd. (in Echo Park).
Posted back in February on Oscar day, YouTuber The Doomsday Diaries offers the best tribute to the 'Best Supporting Actress' category of all time, acting out each role of the 75 nominees in the space of five minutes.
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