Freedom to Marry Announces YouTube Video Contest Winners

4/16/2009

Freedom to Marry Announces YouTube Video Contest Winners


Filmmakers Create Videos in Support of Marriage Equality


For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2009

PRESS CONTACT:
Katina Parker
Media Consultant
Tel: 818-692-3300
Email: katina.parker@nolaboroflove.org

New York, April 17, 2008 —Freedom to Marry announced the winners for the 7 Conversations in 7 Days YouTube Video Contest today. Liz Turner took first place with a video entitled, "Left Alone" which addresses the pain and discrimination experienced by gay couples who are denied the freedom to marry. Orange County Equality Coalition took second place with a video entitled, "Marriage Matters" which brings together a diverse group of voices pressing the urgency of marriage equality.

The 7 Conversations in 7 Days YouTube Video Contest was created to encourage the millions of gay and non-gay Americans who are committed to telling compelling stories about why marriage must be secured for all Americans.

"The videos in this contest are examples of speaking person to person, group to group, making the case for the freedom to marry in personal, local, and compelling asks for support," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry.

As a result of the contest, Freedom To Marry's YouTube Contest participants received 30,546 views. There were 34 videos submitted with five finalists. Entries came from across the country, and contestants created videos that covered topics ranging from outrage over the passage of Proposition 8 to a widow's fight to keep custody of the son she shared with her deceased partner.

"In her short video, 'Left Alone,' Liz Turner portrays how exclusion from marriage leaves families, including our children and loved ones, vulnerable at times of life crisis," said Evan Wolfson. "The personalized, emotional story Ms. Turner presents is the kind of information we need to share with people around us to help them connect the dots on why marriage matters and why they need to support an end to marriage discrimination."

"That same sense of how marriage matters to everyday couples is elegantly and movingly expressed in our second place video, 'Marriage Matters' as well," added Tahlib Disney-Britton, Freedom to Marry's Program Director for Voices of Equality and lead staff person for the 7 Conversations in 7 Days YouTube Video Contest.

The first and second place winners will be awarded $1,000 and $500, respectively. Winners were determined through an independent panel of judges in conjunction with Freedom to Marry staff.

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Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Launched in 2003, Freedom to Marry is headed by Evan Wolfson, nationally recognized as a central "architect of the marriage equality movement." Freedom to Marry guides and focuses this social justice movement on a nationwide level, serving as a strategy and support center for national, state, and local partners, a catalyst that drives and shapes the national debate on marriage equality, and an alliance-builder fostering support from non-gay allies.