You're standing in front of your Family and Friends prepared to make your dreams of a lifetime come true. It's at that moment that you are grateful that you have a professional guiding your ceremony. The Supreme Court has finally ruled upon this issue. Now is the time to plan your perfect LGBT Wedding. I have been performing Commitment Ceremonies since the beginning, and I am so pleased this has opened up for everyone to marry the one they Love. Contact Reverend Jacqui Weiks, Your LGBT Wedding Officiant
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LGBT Community Pioneers Who Deserve a Movie
With last year’s The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance exposed a much wider audience to the life and work of Alan Turing, in much the same way that Sean Penn’s portrayal of Harvey Milk made the LGBT community activist a household name. It’s hard to deny the impact positive film portrayals of the LGBT community can have on public perception and awareness.
Here are a few more pioneers from the LGBT community who deserve a movie (we’ll leave the casting up to you):
Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon
Martin and Lyon founded the Daughters of Bilitis, the first social and political organization for lesbians in the United States, in San Francisco in 1955. They later became the first lesbian couple to join the National Organization for Women and formed the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, working to decriminalize homosexuality. Martin and Lyon worked at the intersection of feminist and lesbian issues, making huge strides to bring awareness of the LGBT community to “mainstream” organizations.
In the 1970s, Matlovich, a Vietnam veteran who had received both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, became the first gay service member to purposefully out himself to the military. His discharge from the Air Force and ensuing lawsuit made him one of the earliest members of the LGBT community to appear on the cover of a major newsweekly, and his eventual victory in court signaled a major victory for gay rights. Along the way, Matlovich managed to get excommunicated from the Mormon church–twice. An activist to the last, Matlovich’s tombstone reads, “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”
Known for her participation in the Stonewall Uprising, Sylvia Rivera spent her life crusading for transgender rights. She opposed transgender exclusion in New York’s Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act, and her efforts extended beyond the LGBT community, intersecting with issues of poverty, discrimination, and homelessness. As founder of the group Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), Sylvia Rivera’s activism continued even into the last years of her life, when she rechristened the organization Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries.
Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Bernard Rustin moved to New York City in 1936, working as a nightclub singer while playing a major part in the civil rights movement. Even while advocating for nonviolent resistance and acting as chief organizer for the march on Washington that culminated in the “I Have a Dream” speech, Rustin faced discrimination based on his sexual orientation from the more militant branches of the movement and segregationists. In the 1980s, Rustin became a public advocate for the LGBT community.
A free-thinker, printer, and self-taught poet, Walt Whitman is best known as the author of the book Leaves of Grass. But his constant revisions of his best-known work were only a fraction of his life story, which brought him from Brooklyn to the Civil War hospitals of Washington, DC, to the Department of the Interior, where he was eventually forced out by a Secretary of the Interior who found his books obscene. Whitman’s sexual orientation has been debated for years: literary critics identify him as either bisexual or gay, whereas Oscar Wilde returned from a trip to America and declared, “I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips.”
The LGBT community has a long history of iconoclasts, forward-thinkers, and activists. Maybe these pioneers are just waiting for the right director and writer to bring their stories to life to inspire a new generation. By the way, let us know who you would cast in any of these roles.