Advancing Equality in Your Community – What’s Your Story?
January 14, 2011 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
The past few years have seen tremendous progress in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
We ended 2010 with President Obama signing into law legislation that will once and for all end the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the nation’s military. We saw the power of support in communities across America for LGBT equality – from those who rallied around the nation’s youth to address bullying, to the outrage directed at anti-gay bigots like Clint McCance. And just over a year ago, we saw the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act become law.
While sweeping federal victories are important, it’s often the stories from within your own community that are most powerful and best illustrate the tireless efforts of those working to advance equality. HRC members played an instrumental role in pushing for marriage equality in Washington, DC and New York; and worked to advance legislation for civil unions in Delaware, Hawaii and Illinois. You spoke out to support non-discrimination ordinances in places like Bowling Green, OH, Howard County, MD, Missoula, MT, Norman, OK and Omaha, NE. You participated in gender identity and faith education and advocacy workshops in states including California, New Jersey and Virginia. And you mobilized support across the country for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” sending over 625,000 pro-repeal emails and 50,000 handwritten notes to Congress. The work you’re doing on the ground deserves to be recognized. The WGBH Lab in Boston is sponsoring Stonewall Uprising – an open call for video shorts capturing the work being done to advance LGBT equality. Videos are limited to three minutes and should show how the legacy of Stonewall is being carried out today. The top five winning videos will each receive $1,000, and may air live with the television debut of Stonewall Uprising on WBGH’s American Experience. The deadline to submit your video is February 14, 2011. Find out more about the application process and what makes a winning video on the open call home page: http://www.thewgbhlab.org/open-call/stonewall.