Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Honoring Paula Ettelbrick

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Photo: Paula Ettelbrick and Ed Decker at IGLHRC headquarters in New York.

Paula Ettelbrick, a courageous leader in the queer civil rights movement, passed away on October 7, 2011 in New York at the age of 56 from cancer. I met Paula when she was the director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission as we began our research for Rights of Passage in 2008. Paula was an amazing force of nature whose tireless work on behalf of global human rights was inspirational. Many of the stories in our play are based upon people from around the world that Paula introduced us to. We are eternally grateful for her support in helping us bring the struggles and triumphs of queer and allied activists to the stage. We dedicate our final reading of the play in San Francisco on October 23, 2011 at the New Conservatory Theatre Center to her. There is no doubt in our minds that Paula is still guiding us towards the world premiere of Rights of Passage planned for August 2012.

Thank you Paula Ettelbrick for making our world a better place. Safe journey.

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