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.
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