Friday, May 8, 2009


New Conservatory Theatre Center cast of Some Men by Terrence McNally, Directed by Ed Decker. West Coast Premiere May 29-July 12, 2009.

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It’s been weeks since our last posting and time for working on the play has all but vanished recently. Robert is preoccupied with organizing his program's participation in an upcoming International Public Health Conference in Washington, DC and Ed is directing a new play by Terrence McNally called Some Men at his theatre Both projects happen at the end of this month.

In between moaning about how the toils of our daily lives keep getting in the way of our Rights of Passage project we stumbled upon a rather obvious realization. It’s all interconnected. Ed is directing a play about eight decades of gay relationships in America and Robert is supporting the advancement of health and well being in developing countries around the globe. The work we do everyday is what inspired Rights of Passage to begin with and this work continues to inform our effort.

So enough of the feelings of guilt. Limited time or not there are bigger issues. Let’s take a quick look at some good news for LGBT human rights world-wide.

USA: Maine legalizes gay marriage.

Cambodia: Phnom Penh Pride! May 12-17, 2009 - Supported in part by Rights of Passage

Iran: Arad, a young gay Iranian man who fled to Turkey as been granted asylum and begins a new life in Canada.

Serbia: A new anti-discrimination law is adopted.

Even though there are simply not enough hours in the day to do it all, our commitment to Rights of Passage remains steadfast.

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