Deadline extended to 11:59 PM PST, July 11, 2011
Los Angeles – The Courage Campaign is extending the deadline for Testimony: Take a Stand featuring Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black to 11:59 PM PST, July 11, 2011. The video project is part of our larger effort to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by using real stories from individuals in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and straight allies.
The interest in Courage Campaign’s Testimony project has extremely positive and videos from 47 states have been uploaded to the website. Due to our servers being overwhelmed last week, the deadline for the video challenge is being extended in an effort to make sure our members and their friends have a chance to upload their Testimonies.
One of the many notable videos comes from Nelda and Karen, a Scottsdale, Arizona couple who recently celebrated 53 years together. The two women are raising two nieces who would have ended up in the foster system had it not been for them.
“Being married and raising our girls would’ve made our lives much easier,” said Nelda. “We don’t receive the tax advantages that married folks get.”
Rick Jacobs, the chair and founder of the Courage Campaign, said after viewing many of the videos, he came to the conclusion that he should lead by example and create his own video.
“I’m from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and there are some horrible things happening in my home state, including Gov. Haslam signing a bill outlawing protections for LGBT people,” said Jacobs. “He may even sign legislation banning the word “gay.” I had to speak out.”
Later this summer, Black, who is also available for media interviews, will pack up his own production crew and fly to the hometowns of three equality supporters to film their stories for a TV public service announcement.
For more information on our Testimony website and to upload a video, click here.
Courage Campaign is a multi-issue online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots supporters to work for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country. Through a one-of-a-kind online tool called Testimony: Take A Stand, the Courage Campaign is chronicling the sights, sounds and stories of LGBTfamilies and all who wage a daily struggle against discrimination across America. For more information about Testimony, please visit, http://www.couragecampaign.org/Testimony.
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