Stories of Pride: Cheyenne Jackson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lea DeLaria, Gavin Creel, Terrence McNally and More Celebrate
28 Jun 2013
Jose Llana, performer and star of Here Lies Love, Spelling Bee and Flower Drum Song. Member of Broadway Impact.
On the eve of the SCOTUS rulings, I was giving a press interview for my show, Here Lies Love, to a Filipino magazine. I spoke openly of my partner, Erik, when they started asking questions about my personal life, essentially coming out to the interviewer who hadn't known I was gay. This made me think of how far we've come in the LGBTQ community. Early in my career I would've changed pronouns or omitted the fact that I had a partner. The work we do with Broadway Impact, like bringing the facts of the Prop 8 trial to as many people as we can, is so important in achieving LGBTQ equal rights. Simply living an out and proud life as a Broadway performer is part of that. That's what the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings meant to me.