Prop “8” play readings across the country (or, how to have that conversation about marriage equality)
March 7, 2012
By Adam Bink
Our friends at AFER let us know that there will be approximately 70 stagings/readings of “8” going on across the country over the next several months (and have a map where you can find one near you, if there is one).
This is worth noting only particularly at Courage, we work hard to encourage “Courageous Conversations” on equality (and are launching a new project later this month on that very topic — stay tuned!). But it isn’t always easy to just bring up marriage equality or any other issue — it’s better when you or the person whose mind you’re trying to change reads about it, or you watch something together. I speak from experience here — I finally mustered the courage to come out to my mom during an episode of Will & Grace many years ago, the one where Will and Jack try to “turn” a friend gay by taking him to Broadway shows and all. Just before a commercial break, they sat exhausted. One turned to the other and said something like “turning a guy gay is hard!” and the other replied “yeah, I wonder how my mother did it!” Laughter, commercial break. I thought, okay, well, that’s a sign from above, turned to my mom, and the rest is history.
Anyway, I could see many people asking a family member or friend if he’d like to go see the “8” reading nearby, see what all the fuss is about, and talk about it afterwards. You never know, it could open a door. The best part about these readings is that they aren’t al in Los Angeles and New York — many are in places where we have some hard roads ahead this year, like North Carolina and Minnesota, and harder roads beyond that, like Montana. It could be a helping hand for many people who could use one.