Bil Browning

SJR-7 wins award for Indiana teens

Filed By Bil Browning | May 23, 2007 11:22 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Living, Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: Bloomington, constitutional amendment, Doug Bauder, Indiana, Kaitlyn Pingleton, Latisha Burks, LGBT youth, marriage, Matt Brunner, SJR-7

Two middle school students from Bloomington, Indiana have won 3rd place in CSPAN's StudentCam contest for a video about SJR-7, the proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage and civil unions. The amendments was defeated in the legislature this April.

The video is really well produced for 8th graders! Shoot, I wish I had as much talent! *grins* Another perk for me was knowing a few of the folks interviewed for the short film. Doug Bauder, coordinator of Indiana University's GLBT Student Support Services office, has done spectacular work in building the center into an important resource for IU students. Matt Brunner is now working for HRC in Indiana for the summer. He's currently working on helping to pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act by organizing the Bloomington and Jeffersonville LGBT communities to lobby Senators Bayh and Lugar in support of the bill.

The video will air on CSPAN tomorrow or you can watch it online. I wasn't able to get the direct streaming link to work earlier, but I was able to download it and watch it.

Congratulations to Kaitlyn and Latisha for placing so highly out of the thousands of films submitted. We're all proud of you!

Kaitlyn Pingleton & Latisha Burks, 8th
"The Marriage Bill SJR7"
Lora Batchelor MS
Bloomington, IN
Insight Communications
Air Date: 5/24/07

Hat tip to Blue Indiana

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