Sean Chaplin created the following video as a commentary, of sorts, on media coverage about queer cultures and politics.
At a rally last Sunday at the Los Angeles GLBT center, Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-Lakewood) announced that she was sponsoring legislation to provide equal Social Security benefits for same-sex couples. Sanchez is a member of the House Subcommittee on Social Security. Currently, same-sex couples who pay into social security are denied Social Security survivor benefits when partners who paid into social security die, because the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriages or domestic partnerships as valid relationships. The bill proposes that same-sex registered domestic partners, or those with civil unions or marriages receive the same coverage as heterosexual couples receive.
First, Constance McMillen,wanted to go to her high school prom with her girl friend, and was told they could not attend as a couple. When negotiations with the school broke down, Ms. McMillen turned to the ACULU, who sued on her behalf. As the ACLU put it: