Monday, December 28, 2009

Rights of Passage Progress Report

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As we have reported throughout the year, 2009 was certainly a mixed bag for LGBT Human Rights around the globe. We still have a long way to go before we eradicate discrimination, stigmatization, and ongoing brutality against our community.

In our endeavor to stand up and give voice to these important matters we continue to be hard at work on the play Rights of Passage. This past year, with the support of individual donors and The Small Change Foundation, we have traveled extensively conducting research and personal interviews. As a result, we have made great strides in finding the form of the play that will be able to accommodate the vast expanse of the LGBT stories that long to be told.

By spring of 2010 we expect to have the first draft of the play completed. The next step unfolds in the summer when we begin the staged reading process to test the script in front of San Francisco Bay Area audiences. With that feedback we will wrestle with rewrites during the latter part of the year. If all goes according to plan, Rights of Passage should be ready to have its world premiere at The New Conservatory Theatre Center during the 2011-12 season. A full year ahead of schedule!

The journey of making this play thus far has been nothing short of astonishing. We are privileged to have met and learned from so many individuals whose courage and determination is boundless. Additionally, organizations such as Human Rights Watch, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, The Iranian Queer Railroad, and Amnesty International (to name just a few) work tirelessly every single day to advance our civil rights throughout the world.

Together we are working towards a brighter more just 2010 and beyond.

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