Featured in the cast were:
Austin Beach as Charles Cooper
Bob Caro as Evan Wolfson
Shannon Grace as Maggie Gallagher
Christian Ferris as David Blankenhorn
MJ Cogburn as Dr Cott
Jeremy Hennessy as Dr. Gregory Herek
Michael Cogburn as Elliot Perry
Mason Cogburn as Spencer Perry
John Washington as Dr. Tam
Keane Lutz as Ryan Kendall
Kristy Glick as Sandy Stier
Melody Gaines as Kris Perry
Kyle Bauer as Dr. Ilan Meyer
Maurice Curran as Jeff Zarillo
Omar Lopez as Paul Katami
Lisa Marie Ayala as the Court Clerk
Victoria Fancki As the Journalist
And special Guest stars:
Pete Lutz as Judge Vaughn Walker
Jack Ward as David Boiis
Timm Gillick as Dr. Gary Segura
Mark Bruzee as Theodore Olson
Nick Wommack as the Narrator
This play was written by Dustin Lance Black
Produced by Pete Lutz for 63audio
Mark Bruzee for Leap Audio
Post-production by Mark Bruzee
Line Director was Pete Lutz
“Love Don’t Know a Reason” by Michael Callen was used without permission.
8 was originally funded by The American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact.
For more information or to schedual your own staged reading of “8” goto:
This has been a co-production of 63audio and Leap Audio.
Schools should be a young person’s primary center for learning, growing, and building a foundation for success in the world. High school can be challenging for any student, but LGBT youth face additional obstacles of harassment, abuse, and violence.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender bullying is alarming. In fact 9 out of 10LGBT students reported being harassed and bullied last year.
Over one-third of LGBT students are physically assaulted at school because their sexual orientation and gender identity are different than those of heterosexual students.
About two-thirds of LGBT students reported having ever been sexually harassed (e.g., sexual remarks made, being touched inappropriately) in school in the past year.
Over half of all students report hearing homophobic remarks often at school. More than 30% reported missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety.
LGBT students at schools with comprehensive policies on bullying and harassment are much more likely to report harassment to school authorities who, in turn, were more likely to respond effectively.
The average GPA for students who were frequently physically harassed because of their sexual orientation was half a grade lower than that of other students.
LGBT students are twice as likely to say that they were not planning on completing high school or going on to college.
Gay teens are 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide and 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection.
The language used against LGBT students is unconscionable. LGBT Students, like any other students deserve to be treated with tolerance, respect and dignity because the reality is, it should never matter what your sexual orientation or identity is.
Principles guiding the rights approach on sexual orientation relate to equality and non-discrimination. Human rights advocates and other activists seek to ensure social justice and guarantee the dignity of LGBT’s because like anyone else an LGBT student is a person just like you are. The ONLY difference is their sexual orientation.
Maybe you’re different because you’re tall, underweight or dress differently than others. NO MATTER what our differences are everyone one deserves to be treated with respect and dignity!
We cannot accept ignorance
We cannot accept intolerance
We cannot accept name-calling
We must all respect each other
We must all accept others
We must all be tolerant of others
We must all be allies
We are ALL the same – NO MATTER™! We are ALL people!
Let’s create a world of love, kindness, compassion and respect. There is no reason to call someone a name for any reason! If you don’t understand an LGBT’s sexual orientation — learn more. Educate yourself! Educate others!
Creating a safe environment for all students – LGBT and straight alike – begins with being acceptance, tolerance and respect.
CELEBRATE our differences and HONOR our similarities! NO MATTER™!
This Morning, as we await the possible decision of the US Supreme Court on Marriage Equality in the United States, LEAP AUDIO is Proud to rebroadcast a SPECIAL program from 2013 when SCOTUS Overturned Proposition 8 in California and Major aspects of DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act).
Written by Rob Watson of EVOL EQUALS, it is called:
AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL THOSE WHO DID NOT LIVE TO SEE THIS DAY.
The Host was M.J. Cogburn.
The Narrator is Mark Bruzee.
Script edited by George S. Nader and MJ Cogburn
Music by Kevin MacLeod
The Executive Producer of Darker Projects is M.J. Cogburn.
SPECIAL NOTE: We will return Later today IF the Supreme Court releases it’s decision on Marriage Equality today.