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Beyond Gay Marriage (Encore)

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Del Martin, 87, center left, and Phyllis Lyon, 84, center right, are married by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom , center, in a special ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Pool)

From California to Rhode Island, the question of gay marriage is an issue of national debate. Currently a few key states, including Connecticut and Massachusetts, now grant marriages to same-sex couples. But there is a long way to go. And for many people in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, the struggle to legalize gay marriage across the U.S. remains the priority political battle. But others in the community disagree. They question whether gay marriage should be the central issue of their movement. Believing that, as this hot social issue sizzles, other important issues have been put on the backburner.

On this edition we present freelance producer Lisa Dettmer’s documentary, “Beyond Gay Marriage,” co-produced by freelance producer Elena Botkin-Levy.

Thanks to freelance producer Lisa Dettmer and co-producer Elena Botkin-Levy for producing this show.

Featuring:

Brian Basinger, San Francisco AIDS Housing Coalition executive director; Lisa Duggan, New York University Social and Cultural Analysis Department professor; Kenyon Farrow, Queers for Economic Justice executive director; Tommi Avicolli Mecca, SF Housing Rights Committee volunteer housing coordinator; Andrea Shorter, Equality California Deputy Marriage and Coalitions Director.

For more information:

AIDS Housing Alliance
San Francisco, CA

Equality California
San Francisco, CA

FIERCE
New York, NY

Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Human Rights Campaign
Washington, DC

NYU Social and Cultural Analysis Department
New York, NY

Queers for Economic Justice
New York, NY

San Francisco Mayor’s Office
San Francisco, CA

Articles, Blogs, and Reports:

Beyond Gay Marriage
A website Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision For All Our Families and Relationships

Human Rights Campaign – ‘A Year to Win’
‘Human Rights Campaign’ outreach ad on YouTube

Music:

“We are Family” by Sister Sledge
Sand Castle Instrumental

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  1. I listened to this “Beyond Gay Marriage (Encore)” program and couldn’t believe my ears! This program certainly doesn’t speak for me.

    I’m gay, white, retired, over 60, living on Social Security. I’m not in a relationship and not even close to getting married. But since 1992, I have been supporting the gay marriage movement. Where have you been? (I worked against the Briggs Initiative, against the AIDS Quarantine Initiatives, on HIV/AIDS issues, with ACT UP, Queer Nation, for gays in the military and against Proposition 22).

    I think we need to go after any discrimination and not just for LGBT people, but also racial, age and disability discrimination.

    If there is discrimination, we should go after it. And I do think that there is clearly discrimination in our relationships and that many lesbian and gay couples can benefit from gay marriage.

    We’ve been making gains in the gay marriage movement! The Perry v. Schwarzenegger decision that overturned Prop 8 has the potential for positively helping us to gain “suspect class” status giving us protections similar to those that women and people of color have. That’s big.

    We can work on these other issues (elderly, HIV, etc), too. I have to give this program a thumbs down.

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