Broadway Impact, the gay rights advocacy organization co-founded by Mormon's Rory O'Malley, has partnered with the American Foundation for Equal Rights to bring Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black's play 8 to audiences across the United States. is a powerful play with a script composed almost entirely of the real transcript of the federal trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8.

This Saturday, at 7:30 PM Pacific time, you can watch the Los Angeles premiere of 8 streamed live! Rory O’Malley is featured in the cast, along with Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Chris Colfer, Campbell Brown, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, Vanessa Garcia, Christine Lahti, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Jansen Panettiere, James Pickens Jr., John C. Reilley, Yeardley Smith, George Takei, and Bridger Zadina.

Be sure to tune in! Your mods had the great pleasure of seeing the play performed last month, and we can’t recommend it enough. This is a must-see if you’re concerned about marriage equality.

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Endless List Of Perfect Movies: Milk (2008)

"If there should be an assassination, I would hope that five, ten, one hundred, a thousand would rise. I would like to see every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out. If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door, and that’s all. I ask for the movement to continue. Because it’s not about personal gain, not about ego, not about power, it’s about the "us’s" out there. Not only gays, but the Blacks, the Asians, the disabled, the seniors, the us’s. Without hope, the us’s give up. I know you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living.”

Birth of the Quilt, 1985, Rink Foto.

from San Fransisco: The Making of a Queer Mecca 2009 exhibition
Curated by Julia Haas with the assistance of Jonathan D. Katz

This patchwork arrangement of names of the deceased who died from AIDS taped on the wall of the San Francisco Federal Building in 1985 inspired Cleve Jones to create the first panel of what became a year later (1986) The AIDS Memorial Quilt, and in 1987 he and several friends founded The NAMES Project Foundation.

After watching that compilation of news clips from the height of the epidemic, I suddenly wondered if the AIDS Memorial Quilt is ever displayed anywhere anymore. I had a chance to see it in D.C. in 1997. It was beautiful and devastating.

Apparently they do still display portions of it and you can visit the national headquarters of the NAMES Project in Atlanta. The entire 54-ton quilt can be viewed online. Take a look. 

You’re going to meet the most extraordinary men, the sexiest, brightest, funniest men, and you’re going to fall in love with so many of them, and you won’t know until the end of your life who your greatest friends were or your greatest love was.
—  Milk [to Cleve Jones]
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