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The SCOTUS Decision: A First-Hand Account

On Friday, June 26, Broadway Impact supporter Andrew Scribner made the trek from Durham, NC to Washington DC, hoping that he would witness history.  Luckily for him (and for us), Friday ended up being the day of the incredible victory for nationwide marriage equality -- a day that we will never forget.   Andrew ended up inside the courtroom when the decision was handed down, and we are thrilled that he joined us as a guest blogger this week to share his incredible day with us.  What follows is Andrew's account of what... read more »


Join us for the 2015 Pride March!

          It's Pride Month, and that means the 2015 Pride March is just a few weeks away!   On Sunday, June 28th, New York City is home to the biggest Pride celebration in the world, and we want you to join us as we come together to celebrate the incredible progress we’ve made, especially in the last year, we also use the Pride March to join forces and recommit to the continuing fight for equality.   Starting at 36th Street and continuing down to Christopher Street, the Pride March is one of our favorite events... read more »


Victory in Ireland & A Man of No Importance at B-Side Productions

On May 22, Ireland became the first country to pass a national referendum on marriage equality.   [caption id="attachment_1901" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo by Charles McQuillian - Getty Images[/caption]   As we reported back in March, since this was a referendum, the fate of the Irish LGBT community rested completely in the hands of the public. Despite a deep and conservative Catholic history, it seemed from the beginning that Ireland would pass the referendum -- three recent polls put support for equal marriage at 60% in Ireland. In a nation where homosexuality was illegal nationwide until 1993 (the same... read more »


Ireland’s Vote & US Supreme Court Action!

In just under a month, Ireland will become the first country to have a national referendum on marriage equality. We recently posted the incredible Bring Your Family With You ad that's been spreading across social media (created by the Yes Equality campaign).  If you haven't seen it, take a look!   As we reported back in March, since this is a referendum, it is imperative that Irish citizens vote.   The majority will determine whether or not the referendum passes, and will have a huge impact on the thousands of gay precio de... read more »


Two pro-LGBT Moves from the Obama Administration

As of Wednesday, April 8, it is illegal for any federal contractor to engage in LGBT-based workplace discrimination.   The order, originally signed by President Obama on July 21, 2014, will affect the contractors and sub-contractors that do over $10,000 per year in business with the United States Government.  The White House estimates that this will protect approximately 28 million people who work in 24,000 companies -- and that's 20% of the workforce of the United States.   There are two parts to the executive order: - Ban on the firing or harassment an employee... read more »


Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act Amended, Hoosiers Still Affected

When it was announced that Indiana's Governor Mike Pence had signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the outcry from the LGBT community and allies spread nation- and world-wide.   As you may remember, the bill, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) gave permission for “any individual or corporation to cite their religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party.” (The Huffington Post) .  While many were worried that it gave legal grounds to discriminate, Governor Pence argued that it isn’t about discriminating, but rather about protecting religious liberty, stating, “For more than... read more »


Support for LGBT Hoosiers after Discriminatory Bill Passes in Indiana

Today, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed legislation that could potentially allow for widespread discrimination against LGBT individuals.   The bill, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) would give permission for "any individual or corporation to cite their religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party." (The Huffington Post) .  While many are worried that it gives legal grounds to discriminate, Governor Pence argues that it isn't about discriminating, but rather about protecting religious liberty, stating, "For more than 20 years, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never... read more »


Discriminatory Bill Fails to Pass in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has been dealing with a surge of anti-gay legislation this session, including a new bill that would have allowed businesses in the marriage industry to discriminate against any customer, especially those in the LGBT community, based on religious beliefs.   That bill, HB1371, got the most national attention, but it wasn't the only bill introduced in the current session in Oklahoma that raised red flags.  Two bills presented would make it illegal to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and one would permit the encouragement of "reparative" or "conversion" therapy, which is widely regarded... read more »


Ireland will Vote on Gay Marriage

Steeped in a deep and conservative Catholic tradition, Ireland has historically been difficult terrain for LGBT rights.   Despite that history, Ireland is in the international spotlight for its upcoming nationwide vote on marriage equality.  In May of 2015 there will be a referendum to amend the Irish constitution, allowing same-sex marriage nationwide.  The exact wording of the amendment reads: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”   In a nation where homosexuality was illegal nationwide until 1993 (the same year divorce became legal in... read more »


The Road to Equality in Alabama

We've heard a lot of news from Alabama in the past few weeks, finally culminating in same sex marriage becoming legal in Alabama on Monday, February 9.   Let's take a look back at how we got here, starting with the two cases involved:   Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand's case was similar to those we've seen in other states: the plaintiffs were seeking legal recognition for both partners parenting an adopted child.  In this case, plaintiffs Searcy and McKeand had a legally recognized marriage in California and had raised their nine-year-old son together since his... read more »


Marriage is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

We reported last week and the week before that we were anxiously awaiting news from the Supreme Court on whether or not they would take up any of the submitted marriage cases, and on Friday, January 16, the Supreme Court decided that they are indeed ruling on marriage in this session.   After SCOTUS' October 2014 decision to not hear any marriage cases during that session, the nation's highest court will now hear the cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and will have a decision by late June.   Here is a bit of... read more »


Steps forward in South Dakota and Michigan

This week we've seen positive movement in both Michigan and South Dakota.  In case you missed it, here's the latest from these two states:     SOUTH DAKOTA On Monday, January 12, Federal District Judge Karen Schreier ruled that the South Dakota's ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional.   In her decision, Judge Schreier states that the six couples who served as plaintiffs in the case "have a fundamental right to marry...South Dakota law deprives them of that right solely because they are same-sex couple and without sufficient jurisdiction."   Five of the couples were married in other... read more »


Congratulations, Florida
& Watching the Supreme Court

[caption id="attachment_1696" align="aligncenter" width="300"] (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)[/caption]   As soon as the clock turned to 12:01 on Tuesday, January 6, Florida became the 36th state to legalize same sex marriage.   As of this morning, marriages are now being recognized statewide, though Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel began performing same sex marriages on Monday afternoon.  With Florida's addition to the ranks of cialis generique states that have equal marriage, 70% of Americans now live in a state with full marriage equality.   While couples across the Sunshine State celebrate, a few counties in largely-conservative Northern Florida have... read more »


Big Steps Forward in Missouri!

Last week was a big week in Missouri, a state that has historically been a difficult battleground in the fight for equality.   On Wednesday, November 5th, Missouri Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, opening the doors for all loving couples to marry in St. Louis.  The case arose after the city of St. Louis issued four marriage licenses to same-sex couples in June of 2014, purposefully defying the state's ban on same-sex marriage in order to create the need for a court case to settle... read more »


2014 NYC Marathon – this Sunday!

  This Sunday, November 2, Broadway Impact is celebrating our amazing marathon team -- all of them running 26.2 miles in the name of equality!   This is our sixth year with a team in the iconic TCS NYC Marathon, which takes our runners through all five boroughs to the finish line in Central Park.  One of the most elite races in the world, 40,000 runners take on the TCS NYC Marathon every year, but only a small group can call themselves Broadway Impact runners.  Our team raises essential funds to keep Broadway... read more »


32 States With Full Equality!

Since we last reported on the unexpected and broad Supreme Court decision to not hear any of the seven submitted marriage equality cases, movement has continued across the country.   You may remember from our previous blog that seven petitions from the states of Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Utah, and Virginia had been filed requesting that a case be heard by the Supreme Court for a final ruling after various stays, appeals, and other delays in a final decision, but the Supreme Court handed down a decision of a different kind in denying consideration of... read more »


Major Marriage Statement from Obama

Earlier this month, in an interview for a piece in the October 27th issue of The New Yorker, President Obama made a big statement when he said that he thinks the Constitution guarantees a right to equal marriage.   “Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states,” Obama stated. “But, as you know, courts have always been strategic. There have been times where the stars were aligned and the Court, like a thunderbolt, issues a ruling like Brown v. Board of Education, but that’s pretty... read more »


Go Purple for Spirit Day

You may have noticed our Facebook photo looks a little different today, and that's because we're going purple as part of GLAAD's Spirit Day!   Inspired by a string of tragic teen bullying-related suicides in 2010, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) started a campaign to send a message of support, solidarity, and acceptance by encouraging everyone to tint their social media profile photos to purple.   Many people, companies, and organizations around the world are going purple for Spirit Day, and we want you to join us!   Simply go here and change your... read more »


“8″ at the Barter Theatre in Virginia

After last week's victory in Virginia's Bostic case, we are so thrilled to have the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia producing a reading of "8" next week!   The special event will serve as a fundraiser to benefit the Pride Community Center of the Tri-Cities, a local non-profit organization created to nurture and empower the LGBT community of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.   "We want The Tent to become a place in the Abingdon community where social dialogue takes place. Since the issues of same-sex marriage and equality are current issues in Virginia,... read more »


Confusion and Delays in Idaho and Nevada

After an extremely eventful start to the week, we are now starting to see some of the incredible confusion that is arising from Monday's Supreme Court decision to not hear any of the seven marriage cases that had been submitted for review.   The five states who had submitted cases to the Supreme Court were Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Utah, and Virginia, but now much of the news is revolving around Idaho and Nevada.   After Monday's events, the Ninth Circuit court of appeals struck down marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada and ordered that... read more »


Unexpected Broad Victory in the Supreme Court

We've all had our eyes on the Supreme Court since they started their current session, and yesterday we learned of a move that almost no one expected -- the Supreme Court will not hear the marriage equality cases of any of the five states that had been submitted to them.   Seven petitions from the states of Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Utah, and Virginia had been filed requesting that a case be heard by the Supreme Court for a final ruling after various stays, appeals, and other delays in a final decision, but the... read more »


Catholic University Cancels Screening of MILK

  Administrators at Catholic University of America have cancelled a planned screening of Dustin Lance Black's incredible Oscar-winning film Milk, which details the life of gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk.   Though the event and its promotional materials were approved by the appropriate officials prior to yesterday's decision, the organizers were contacted the day of the screening and told to postpone it and the surrounding events.   The administration expressed concern over the use and size of rainbow flags, a longstanding symbol for gay rights, on flyers and posters around campus.  They also were unhappy... read more »


Ohio and Indiana!

  Last weekend, we celebrated the marriage of Broadway Impact co-founder Rory O'Malley and his new husband Gerold, and we couldn't be more excited!  Rory and Gerold's home states of Ohio and Indiana are two very important states in the fight for equality, and we wanted to give you some more background on what's happening and who to contact to get involved.   OHIO    In 2004, Ohio paased an amendment to the state constitution to exclude same sex couples from marriage or any other type of legally recognized union.  Some cities (including Rory's hometown... read more »


Broadway Flea Market this weekend

  Every year, the Broadway community comes together for the Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction in support of the incredible Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and it's coming up this weekend!   Last year, the combined efforts of the community raised an outstanding $631,222 for BC/EFA, and we want to help them break that record this year.  We're teaming up with our friends at The Book of Mormon to offer you some great items, and we can't wait to see what all the other Broadway shows and organizations have to offer.   Stop by ours and... read more »


Win tickets to Pippin on Broadway!

  We are partnering with our friends at Pippin to bring you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets!  Read more below, enter your information, and good luck!     Andrea Martin returns to her Tony®-winning performance in PIPPIN for 24 shows only!    Don't miss your chance to see Andrea Martin's "JAW-DROPPING" (AP) performance in Broadway's high-flying, death-defying hit musical... PIPPIN! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of WICKED, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival –... read more »


Witnessing love!

Justine and Jane,  friends of Broadway Impact, came all the way from the United Kingdom to get married in NYC this August, and Broadway Impact co-founders Jenny and Gavin were the witnesses at their wedding! [gallery ids="1450,1452,1451"] Here's a little bit of their story and the complications they faced with their marriage in the UK:   "Justine and I met in March 2000 and we moved in together in 2002 - contrary to the myth that lesbians move in after their first date!   In 2001, the then mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, initiated the London Partnerships... read more »


Equality in France – a first-hand account

After reading our blog Equality in Russia, Lucie contacted us about the state of equality in France, giving us a first-hand look at how France's views are evolving.   Here's her account of what's happened since France passed their marriage equality law in 2013:   [caption id="attachment_1398" align="aligncenter" width="350"] (AFP Photo / Thomas Samson)[/caption]   "France is a country where life is pleasant. We have a good government, we have a great health care system, and we don’t need to save money to send our children to college. But despite of all the liberty we have, we are... read more »


Utah or Virginia Next in the Supreme Court?

With all of the state-level action across the country, many have been wondering when the next marriage case will hit the Supreme Court, and we might not have to wait long.  It looks like within the next year, we are almost certainly going to see another marriage case at the highest level, and at this point, it seems likely that one of two states will end up with their case in front of the SCOTUS next year -- Utah or Virginia.   In the twenty six months since the landmark decisions in... read more »


Equality in Russia – A first-hand account

We've heard a lot lately about LGBT rights in Russia, and we were all appalled by the recent anti-gay legislation.  A Russian Broadway Impact supporter recently contacted us about the life of LGBT and equality-supporting Russians, and we were interested to hear about how the country is changing, what the future might hold, and how Broadway Impact has inspired her to take action.   We thank Polina for being an advocate for equality in Russia, and encourage you to reach out to your friends abroad who might be looking to connect with... read more »


Victory in the Fourth Circuit!

In an incredible victory yesterday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in Bostic v. Schaefer determining that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.  This decision, however, doesn't only apply to Virginia, but to the entire Fourth Circuit, which includes Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland.   Virginia had been waiting for a decision on this appeal since the original case in February. Here's where the other states in the Fourth Circuit stood prior to this ruling: West Virginia: anti-marriage law in place since 2000. North Carolina: a constitutional amendment banning marriage... read more »


Focus on: Indiana

With marriage equality news coming in all the time, it can be difficult to keep up with what's happening in each state.  We're here to help with our new blog series focusing on one state at a time.   NEXT UP - INDIANA!   Last ruling: June 25, 2014 - marriage ban struck down Current status: The June 25th decision is stayed, pending an appeal Organization to contact: Hoosiers Unite for Marriage        BACKGROUND On June 25, 2014, a judge struck down Indiana ban on equal marriage, stating that it violated due process and equal protection under 14th Amendment of the... read more »


Focus on: Colorado

With marriage equality news coming in all the time, it can be difficult to keep up with what's happening in each state.  We're here to help with our new blog series focusing on one state at a time.   FIRST UP - COLORADO! Last ruling: July 23, 2014, a federal judge struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage. Current status: The July 23 decision is stayed, pending a ruling from a higher court. Organization to contact: One Colorado     BACKGROUND In May of 2013, Colorado legalized Civil Unions when it passed SB-11, or the Colorado Civil Union Act. ... read more »


Jose Llana in Out Magazine!

photo from OUT Magazine   Broadway Impact Advisory Committee member Jose Llana is well-known for his roles on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wonderland, and others, and his current role in off-Broadway's Here Lies Love has him back in the spotlight.   In Here Lies Love, Jose takes on the role of Ferdinand Marcos, former president of the Philippines whose rule actually drove Jose's parents out of the country.   As a native of the Philippines, Jose certainly feels a strong connection to the material, and he cherishes the opportunity to... read more »


Is your marriage recognized?

With marriage legislation moving at an incredible pace throughout the country, it's sometimes hard to keep up with all the important legal information that goes along with it.  A few days ago, a friend of Broadway Impact's came to us asking a seemingly simple, but remarkably complicated question.   Is my marriage legally recognized?   We want to help you with this, so we've compiled a list of resources to assist you, particularly if your marriage was performed in a state that currently has pending legislation on its marriage laws.  We've included information for... read more »


A Great Wilderness at Williamstown Theatre Festival

  Our friends at Williamstown Theatre Festival presented a fantastic production of "8" back in August of 2012, and they're continuing their commitment to equality in their 2014 season with A GREAT WILDERNESS by Samuel D. Hunter.     A GREAT WILDERNESS deals with the issue of gay conversion therapy, an experience similarly recounted by Ryan Kendall's character in "8".   In A GREAT WILDERNESS, after decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to “cure” gay teens, Walt is packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement.  But when his... read more »


The History of Pride

Inspired by this incredible footage from the first NYC Pride March in 1970 and in celebration of June as Pride Month, we are taking a look back at how Pride has evolved from its beginnings in NYC.   In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the popular Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in an attempt to arrest the predominantly gay crowd that was known to gather there.  Raids of known gay establishments were common at the time, but this time was different -- the crowd fought back, forcing police... read more »


North Dakota joins the fight for equality!

The last remaining state without a challenge to its marriage equality ban will not remain that way for long.   In the next six to eight weeks, Joshua Newville, a civil rights attorney, plans on filing a suit to challenge North Dakota's current ban on same sex marriage following similar action in South Dakota and Montana just days ago.  South Dakota's suit was also filed by Newville.   According to the Human Rights Campaign, "there are over 70 marriage equality cases working their way through the judicial system across the country. A total of 44 percent of... read more »


Congratulations Michael Sam!   History was made last week when Michael Sam, a 24-year-old football player from the University of Missouri, became the first openly-gay player drafted into the NFL.   As we wrote back in February, Michael Sam had already made an impact on the football community when the star defensive end came out prior to the draft, positioning himself to possibly become the first openly gay player in any of the major American sports.  While he was predicted to be a very desirable draft pick at the time, last week tensions were high and... read more »


Join us for the 2014 NYC Pride March!

            On Sunday, June 29, New York City is home to the biggest Pride celebration in the world, and we want you to join us!  As we come together to celebrate the incredible progress we've made, especially in the last year, we also use the Pride March to join forces and recommit to the continuing fight for equality.   Starting at 36th Street and continuing down to Christopher Street, the Pride March is one of our favorite events of the year -- it is always inspiring and so much fun.  Tens of thousands... read more »


2014 Easter Bonnet raises $4.5 million!

Every year, the Broadway community comes together for the Easter Bonnet Competition, raising money for the fantastic Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and culminating in a greatly-anticipated show filled with touching tributes, hilarious antics, and, of course, impressive bonnets.   2014 marks the 28th annual Easter Bonnet Competition, and this year the theatre community raised an incredible $4,532,129 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   This year's Easter Bonnet was especially fun for us for two reasons -- this year was our first year with a bonnet in the show, and Broadway Impact co-founder Rory O'Malley starred... read more »


2014 AIDS Walk

[gallery]   On Sunday, May 18, 2014 the New York City community comes together to support AIDS organizations, and we want you to join us!   2014 marks the 29th year of the AIDS Walk, started by GMHC in 1986.  The AIDS Walk is a 10K (6.2 mile) walk through Central Park, and each walker raises money that goes directly to GMHC and other AIDS organizations.  Last year's 30,000 walkers raised over $5.5 million, and we're looking forward to helping them beat that goal this year!   This will be Broadway Impact's fourth year in the AIDS... read more »


“8″ on the radio!

With over 450 readings of "8" around the world, we love when someone comes to us with a new idea on how to spread the message of equality, and we are so excited about this one!   On Thursday, March 27, Australia's Joy 94.9, Australia's only gay and lesbian community radio station, broadcast "8" for the first time ever as a radio play.  The reading of "8" was during their weekly show "Hide and Seek."   If you missed the live broadcast, you can still catch "8" on their podcast here!   We were so excited to hear... read more »


Support for the LGBT Community on Saint Patrick’s Day

On March 17 this year there were of course the requisite shamrocks, corned beef, and Irish soda bread, but we also found something we weren't necessarily expecting to take the spotlight -- widespread political and corporate support for the LGBT community.   A long-standing tradition in both New York City and Boston, Saint Patrick's Day parades draw large crowds, tons of Irish pride, and, unfortunately, discrimination against the LGBT community.  The organizers of both cities' Saint Patrick's Day parades had the same stance:  LGBT individuals could certainly march in the parade with... read more »


Important States in 2014

As the fight for equality continues around the country, we are seeing more and more victories.  In 2013 alone, couples in seven states gained the right to marry.  Illinois will join in June of this year, though marriages are already taking place in Cook County.  This brings the total to 17 states with full marriage equality, with over 1/3 of those wins occurring in the last year.   We celebrate these achievements, but we also shift our focus toward the states that need our help the most.   Here's where we're looking in 2014:   UTAH:... read more »


A Veto in Arizona!

On February 26, Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the harmful SB 1062, which we told you last week would have allowed businesses to refuse service to anyone based on any strongly held religious belief.   Arizona might have been the most visible in the news, but it is by no means the only state with this kind of legislation introduced recently. Similar action has come up in Kansas, Oregon, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Nevada, and Utah -- all have been defeated.   Alongside these disheartening legislative moves, we also see equality supporters willing to... read more »


Anti-Gay Law Passed in Uganda

On Monday, February 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law that further criminalizes homosexuality in Uganda, despite strong warnings from leaders across the world, including President Obama.   This new law takes the previous ban on homosexuality and adds even more harsh punishment – now first-time offenders can receive 14 years in prison, and repeat offenders can potentially face life in prison.   In addition to punishing both gay men and lesbians (the previous law only applied to gay men), the law passed on Monday makes the reporting of homosexuality mandatory. This follows... read more »


Help Defeat SB 1062 in Arizona

This week, Governor Jan Brewer will have the opportunity to either sign or veto SB 1062, a bill that permits blatant discrimination in Arizona.   As we talked about last week, SB 1062 allows businesses to refuse service to anyone if it conflicts with any strong religious belief.  The bill opens the door for discrimination on many factors, including sexual orientation.   This bill is unacceptable, incredibly harmful to the citizens of Arizona, and even some legislators who voted for it are changing their minds.  The Arizona House of Representatives passed the bill on February 21st,... read more »


Challenges in Arizona, and a Surprising Turnaround in Kansas

With the recent victory in Virginia, we can't forget that many other states are suffering setbacks on the road to equality.   The Arizona Senate voted on Wednesday to pass SB 1062, also called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill that allows businesses to refuse service to anyone if it conflicts with any strong religious belief.  This bill opens the door for discrimination based on many factors, including sexual orientation.   Under SB 1062, it would be perfectly legal for a cafe owner to refuse service to two gay men dining together, or for... read more »


Victory in Virginia!

We are so thrilled for our friends at AFER for their victory in the Bostic v. McDonnell case in Virginia!   On February 13, US District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled that Virginia’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.   We recently told you about the case, which involved two couples, Tim & Tony and Carol & Mary, both of whom have been in committed relationships for decades and were seeking legal rights and legal recognition. The plaintiffs were represented by the lawyers from the Prop 8 case – the brilliant legal team of... read more »



In this May’s NFL draft, we are likely to see history in the making.  Michael Sam, a star defensive end from University of Missouri, is expected to be a very desirable draft pick.  He also happens to be openly gay.  His recent news of coming out aligns him to become the first openly gay active player in the NFL, or in any of the four major sports.   In the world of sports, this is monumental.  According to the NFL’s recent Commitment to Excellence in Workplace Conduct, the NFL does not exclude... read more »


Russia, the Olympics, and LGBT rights

As the Winter Olympics start in Sochi, we are reminded of and focused on the horrible and discriminatory treatment of the LGBT citizens of Russia.   In June of 2013, Russia passed a law banning the dissemination or promotion of any gay “propaganda” or anything showing non-heterosexual couples to minors.  The law is incredibly vague, and doesn’t seem to completely define what constitutes an offense.   Following all of this are reports of persistent abuse of LGBT citizens in Russia.  Multiple LGBT activists have been detained and fined since its passage, and LGBT Russians... read more »


The Case for Equality Moves Forward in Virginia

  Next Thursday, January 30th, the team at AFER is heading back into federal court to fight for equality in Virginia.   This may seem familiar -- similar to the Perry case in California, there are two couples, Tim & Tony and Carol & Mary. Both have been together for decades, and are seeking equal rights and recognition of their marriages, this time by the State of Virginia. And again, they are being represented by the brilliant legal team of Ted Olson and David Boies -- the same lawyers that ultimately defeated Proposition 8 in the Supreme Court last... read more »


Tim Garcia wins award with “8″!

[gallery ids="831,829,830"] We are thrilled to congratulate Tim Garcia of San Jose State University, who used excerpts from “8” in winning first place in The 119th Kaucher-Mitchell Event for Excellence in Oral Interpretation and Storytelling.  In this annual event, students compete for prizes and recognition by presenting verbatim interpretations of prose, poetry, and dramatic interpretations.   We're all used to seeing "8" as a script-in-hand, verbatim reading, but what Tim had to do is much different than the performances we're accustomed to.  As he was in a solo competition, Tim had to create... read more »


How you can help Indiana

  While we have achieved equality here in New York, many states across the country need our help to be able to clear the path for equal marriage.  Indiana is facing a particular challenge right now, and we want to make sure you have the information you need to take action against HJR-3.   HJR-3 is a harmful amendment that would permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families in Indiana. Freedom Indiana, a coalition created to defeat HJR-3, has compiled a list of ways you can help, whether you live in Indiana... read more »


All Love is Equal – a benefit for Broadway Impact

Join some great classical AND musical theatre performers for an evening to benefit Broadway Impact!   The concert will feature music from Robert Schumann, Kurt Weill, Rogers & Hammerstein, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, Irving Berlin and more.   The evening is accompanied by Andrew Byrne, with performances by Stacey Tavor, Crystal Mosser, Bill Coyne, Casey Erin Clark, Marcy Richardson, Jeremy Ritz-Totten and Christopher Ritz-Totten.   Ann Goodman Recital Hall at The Kauffman Center 129 West 67th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam New York, NY 10023   Tickets start at $25, and are available here.  The performance will be followed by a reception, courtesy of... read more »


Phone Bank for Equality!

Broadway Impact will be joining National Equality Action Team for a night of phone banking in NYC!   Join us as we come together to help our friends in Indiana, where a harmful constitutional ban on gay marriage is in the works.  The Hoosiers need our support!   Phone banking is simple and effective, and we'd love to have you join us.  Come for as little or as long as you can!  Free Broadway Impact t-shirts and pizza for all who attend.     The details:   SEIU Call Center 330 West 42nd Street, 7th Floor (between 8th and 9th Aves) Please... read more »


Beautiful Soup Theatre presents Lift to benefit Broadway Impact!

For each production in their season, NYC-based Beautiful Soup Theatre Collective selects a non-profit to benefit from donations and a portion of ticket sales, and Broadway Impact is grateful to be the recipient of donations from Lift. Lift is a contemporary musical set in an unlikely place. Artistic Director Steven Carl McCasland writes: "Lift is about people and connections. The connections we have without knowing about them, the connections we lose sight of and the connections we don’t mean to have," press notes state. "Eight people get in a lift at... read more »


Join the BC/EFA Bucket Brigade!

Broadway Cares is currently fundraising for a six-week period at theatres in New York and around the country.  Collections occur semi-annually and usually involve a cast member making a speech just after the end of curtain call, explaining Broadway Cares and all that they do, and asking for any donations that people might feel compelled to give.  After the speech ends and the audience begins to exit, they notice volunteers like you at the exits, holding buckets into which they put any money they would like to donate.  We are... read more »


Broadway Impact night at Little Miss Sunshine!

Sunday, November 17th at 7pm join us for a special night at Little Miss Sunshine! Co-founder, Rory O'Malley stars along side Stephanie J. Block, Will Swenson, Wes Taylor, Josh Lamon and Hannah Nordberg, in this new musical by James Lapine and William Finn, a comedy about one modern family's unexpected route to brighter days. Come see this fantastic new show and stick around for a post-show talk back with Rory! Use code IMPACT for discounted tickets and see the flyer for more details. Hope to see you there!


Broadway Flea Market

                                                                                                                                                        Thanks to everyone who came out to BC/EFA's Broadway Flea Market last week!  It was... read more »


400th performance of 8 confirmed!

“8,” the hit play by Dustin Lance Black about marriage for gay and lesbian couples, continues to sweep the country and the world. Fremont, OH is the 400th confirmed reading, which are taking place at a variety of professional, community, college and high school theaters. The 50 year-old Fremont Community Theatre will stage readings on September 13 and 14 in their 500+ seat performance space located an hour and a half outside Cleveland. Over 55,000 estimated people have already experienced a staged reading of “8” live at more than 350 readings performed to date. This is in... read more »


Win tickets to The Nance on Broadway!

We have a pair of tickets to The Nance on Broadway starring Nathan Lane to give away to one of you! To enter, just let us know your thoughts on 8 the play. Did it inspire you to take action in your community? Do you have a great story related to seeing the play? Let us know here. A winner will be picked July 9th. THE NANCE is the winner of three 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design and Best Sound Design, and is on Broadway for a limited... read more »


Broadway Impact phone bank night!

You came together in a huge way to help New York, Washington, Maryland and Maine win marriage equality, now it's time to help out the next states currently in the fight! Join us in taking direct action. It's simple, effective and makes an impact! (more...)


US Supreme Court to Hear Prop. 8 & DOMA Cases!

At last!  The U.S. Supreme Court just announced that they will hear cases challenging Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.  This is the day we've been waiting for. A ruling in favor of marriage equality in either of these cases will truly be a watershed moment.  If Prop. 8 is overturned, over a quarter of all Americans will live in a state where gay and lesbian couples will have the freedom to marry.  If DOMA is overturned, LGBT couples will enjoy the same federal rights and benefits as their... read more »


ELECTION 2012: Movement FORWARD for Equal Rights

Last night was full of firsts. From coast to coast, voters overwhelmingly affirmed marriage equality. For the first time ever, lesbian and gay couples won the freedom to marry at the ballot box in Maine, Maryland and Washington.  Minnesotans rejected a harmful anti-marriage amendment; Iowa re-elected a Supreme Court justice who supported marriage equality (and was in danger of losing his seat); Wisconsin elected the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history, Tammy Baldwin; and voters across the U.S. re-elected the first U.S. President who publicly supports marriage equality, Barack Obama. The... read more »


Phone Bank for Equality!

Election day is just around the corner! Four states have marriage equality on their ballot this year and the stakes could not be higher. We are proud to partner with the Campaign for 20 Million More to host two phone banking nights. Please join us!   Who: Broadway Impact members and supporters...YOU! Where: 330 West 42nd St. 7th floor (between 8th and 9th Aves) When: Monday October 29th and Monday November 5th. Time: 6-8:30pm *No need to sign up, just come for any amount of time you can give during those hours.   Bring your friends and make a... read more »


More than 200 Readings of “8″ around the world!

Broadway Impact and AFER confirmed our 200th reading of Dustin Lance Black’s “8” at Theatre B in Fargo, North Dakota!


The Impact of Taking “8″ Around the World

Post by Jenny Kanelos, co-founder and executive director of Broadway Impact


The play “8” began as an idea—an idea that through theater, hearts could be changed, minds could be awakened and new activists could be born.



When we started Broadway Impact in 2008, our goal was to raise awareness and inspire activism around marriage equality in New York State. Well, it finally happened. On June 24, 2011, Governor Cuomo signed the NY State marriage equality bill, and same sex couples began getting married a month later.

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