Signing of Montana Senate Bill 107 - removing the unconstitutional gay sex law from the books

"I'm not going to talk too long because frankly the longer I talk, the longer this unconstitutional and embarrassing law continues to stay on our books... As everyone here knows, we're not at the finish line, the drivers of this fight for equality are the women who stood up and demanded the right to vote, the drivers of the fight for equality are the people who said that we're not going to go to the back of a public bus, the drivers are those who fight to insure that men and women who have called these plains and mountains home for over 400 generations will never be anything but the first Montanans, and the drivers of this fight for equality are the people who gather here in this rotunda today, those who offer the simple proposition that if two people love each other, they deserve the respect that we'd offer any other couple and the equal rights under our law." Montana Governor Steve Bullock

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Bishop Gene Robinson: "Race is still the Festering Sore in American Society"

"I was writing today about a question posed in the Washington Post which was, 'How come no one is talking about the fact that all of the perpetrators of these mass killings are white? Does anybody think that if they'd all been African American, we wouldn't be talking about race? So why aren't we talking about race?'"

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Stonewall: Breaking Out

Tree, a bartender at the present day Stonewall Inn and veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion, tells Truth in Progress about the night when the gay bar patrons had had enough of police raids. Often referred to as the beginning of the gay rights movement, Stonewall tells a story of demeaning oppression and what it took to turn discrimination on its head.

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Stonewall and Christopher Street: Entering the global LGBTQ Equality Movement

Robert Woodworth, Director of Meeting and Conference Services and Capital Projects, LGBT Community Center, New York City, talks with Truth in Progress about the meaning of Stonewall and Christopher Street to the worldwide LGBTQ Equality Movement.

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After Stonewall: Impact of AIDS on the gay community from the 1980's

The progression of AIDS is a multi-layered history as experienced by different racial communities, however the loss of so many loved ones was a tragedy shared. Exclusion, denial, stigmatizing, and discrimination from the government, medical establishments, church, and family only multiplied exponentially the pain and heartache. While AIDS is not a "gay disease," it is greatly significant to the history and formation of the LGBT equality movement.

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Face to Fear: lesbian tenant and anti-gay landlord face-off

Amy Ophus is a lesbian living in Helena, Montana. She gave public testimony tonight at the Helena City Commission public hearing about a nondiscrimination ordinance. She was reluctant and scared to speak because her landlord was present to publicly oppose the ordinance. After he gave his testimony, he came up to her in the hallway. Amy spoke to Truth in Progress about the encounter and how she was pleasantly surprised. An hour and a half later the ordinance passed 5-0.

Face to Fear: lesbian tenant and anti-gay landlord face off from Truth in Progress on Vimeo.

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Montana Supreme Court Rules on Domestic Partnership Case

Here Niki Zupanic, ACLU Montana Public Policy Director, on the Montana Supreme Court Decision on the domestic partnership case Donaldson v. the State of Montana. Reasons to celebrate! The Supreme Court overruled the district court ruling saying that ACLU does have a case, but the Court sent the case back to the district court to amend it to specific statutes. Niki explains it all in this video.

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WANT TO BE IN THE MOVIES? JOIN TRUTH IN PROGRESS IN CREATING A COMPELLING, HUMOROUS, AND PROVOCATIVE FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY. BRING QUESTIONS AND FRESH DIALOGUE ABOUT RACE, SEXUAL ORIENTATION/GENDER IDENTITY, AND RELIGION TO THE FOREFRONT.

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Civil rights attorney Arlene Groch: Why talk about race

While we were in Asbury Park, NJ we had the pleasure of interviewing Arlene Groch, who drove up from Atlantic City to be with us. She was a civil rights attorney for over 30 years and has been a part of a group of African American and Caucasian women for 16 years. The group is called Sisters Together Against Racism. All of us who are committed to co-creating real, open, and genuine cross-cultural alliances have a lot to learn from the Sisters.

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Parallel strategies for change: Sarah Schulman on the Civil Rights Movement and ACT UP

Truth in Progress spent a September morning with professor, writer, activist Sarah Schulman in the West Village of New York City. We covered many topics related to the gay rights movement(s), pre and post Stonewall, ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), "pinkwashing," and much more. This video captures her comparisons of the parallel strategies of ACT UP and the Civil Rights Movement and the resulting cultural shifts. Her clarity and precision were refreshing as well as insightful.

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Black Elders of St. Mark's Harlem: Are racism and heterosexism the same?

While were in New York City, Truth in Progress dropped by St. Mark's Harlem United Methodist Church, an African American church established in 1871. Gil was pastor there in 1994-1997. We arrived just when a lunch meeting was breaking up. Gil was warmly welcomed back: it was a reunion that prompted a spontaneous and very open discussion about gay inclusion in the church. This type of conversation had never been held in the church before.

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FAIR IS FAIR IN MONTANA TOUR VIDEO

Highlights and interviews from the Fair is Fair in Montana Tour 10 days, 7 cities, and 1300 miles The tour was co-sponsored by Truth in Progress & ACLU of Montana to gain and organize support for FAIRNESS for domestic partnerships in Montana.

As we traveled across the state, Truth in Progress spoke with members of the LGBT and Two Spirit communities as well as allies about the intersection of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion. Here is some extraordinary footage representing the diversity of Montana and insights from those who fight for fairness and equality.

By TiP Production Manager Tonya Easbey