July 2011 - This month on IN THE LIFE: the intersection of art and social change. Four stories honoring how art has inspired the LGBT Movement and its allies, in the fight for full equality.
Featuring Broadway Impact, the organization made up of Broadway professionals and stars, raising their voices for marriage equality in New York. Working side by side with the Empire State Pride Agenda, the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry and All Out, they helped organize the push to pass marriage equality in New York.
"The thing that I think is special about Broadway Impact is that it is an organization that's really devoted to empowering the artists in the Broadway community, and I don't mean empowering them to take care of themselves, but empowering them to be able to take care of all of us," Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater.
Further examples of art impacting social change in this episode include a preview of Crayton Robey's documentary Making the Boys, currently in theaters nationwide, which examines The Boys in the Band and its place in gay history plus Alix Smith's portraiture of gay and lesbian couples which seeks to expand the public perception of gay and lesbian families.
Closing the episode is the 15th Annual Webby Award nominated video Censoring Wojnarowicz, originally released online, that looks at the controversy surrounding the removal of David Wojnarowicz's video installation, A Fire in My Belly, from the National Portrait Gallery's Hide/Seek show at the Smithsonian. The video, representing the artist's anger as he faced death from AIDS, ignited outrage among conservative lawmakers and religious leaders.
"We have freedom of speech in this country and I'm profoundly disappointed," Jonathan D. Katz, Co-curator, HIDE/SEEK.
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