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Why I love P8TT

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This post is part of P8TT’s annual fundraising drive. Please become a Sustaining Member so we can keep this community together to fight the battles ahead (and to enter for a chance to win two tickets to the new “8” play premiere with an all-star cast in Los Angeles!). You can chip in here so P8TT can keep going with a sustainable source of funding.

By Carisa Cunningham, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

I love Prop 8 Trial Tracker for so many reasons.  As someone who works for an LGBT legal group on the other side of the country, I love the fact that P8TT engages and educates our community about why the courtroom is a critical arena for our community in making change.  Sometimes the law is obscure, difficult, intimidating – dare I say boring? – and hard to explain.  P8TT does with ease what I attempt to do in my job at GLAD: make the law relevant and alive, vibrant and important.

I am also grateful for the exposure that P8TT has given to GLAD’s DOMA cases – Gill v Office of Personnel Management and Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management. P8TT has helped illuminate the connections and differences between these cases and Perry – making the case that we always make, that the more marriage states there are by the time the Supreme Court hears a DOMA case, the better our chances of striking down that heinous law.

The P8TT community is lively, passionate, and well-informed.  Sometimes in the LGBT non-profit world, when you’re laboring in the wilderness, it’s extremely heartening to be reminded that your work is understood and appreciated – even as it is critiqued and questioned.  Critiquing and questioning are critical to sustaining the excellence and integrity of the work – and building robust online communities where those conversations happen is an invaluable service.  Thank you P8TT!

I hope everyone will pitch in to keep this incredible online community vital and engaged.


  • 1. Bob  |  February 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Thank you Carisa Cunningham for stating the reasons you love prop 8 trial tracker,,,, you echo my sentiments,,, lively, passionate, well-informed,,,, among everything else you said,,, like laoring in the wilderness,,, for all these things thank you,,,, your post pushed me over the edge and caused me to pitch in,,,, today I became a sustaining member

    I don't know , sometimes I get so frustrated by all this battle I want to disengage from this site and simplify my life,,, I live in Canada,,, but this fight is so important to the world, and all LGBT people,, my contribution is for those who cannot afford, but who value this site from across the globe,,, as a place of learninig and sharing,,,,

    unfortunately we have to learn about the U.S. legal system in the process,,,, I applaud the work of Courage Campaign,,, and especially the contibutions and questions which somehow find answers, on tis site,,, I already enjoy marriage equality,,, I want it for everyone,,,, cheers Bob

  • 2. Gregory in SLC  |  February 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Bravo Bob! Your heartfelt posts of late keeps me going : D !

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