Planet London 4 "SHE 4 ME"

It has been selected to play at the California Women's Conference with a cast Q&A as well! The Creative Expressions Concert series, showcasing performing artists including Mary Lambert, will be streamed live online. The Marriage Equality USA sanctioned “Love Is Love” PSA set to Jen Foster’s SHE will be officially included in the program for Tuesday 20th May.  Also part of the program will be a live Q & A with the multiple award-winning writer/director Nicole Conn, Jane Wishon (Board President of Marriage Equality USA) and some of the cast members from SHE4ME including Mike C Manning (Disney), Gabrielle Christian (South Of Nowhere) and Traci Dinwiddie (Elena Undone).  More names expected to be announced closer to the event. To purchase tickets to the concert series visit: http://goo.gl/ynTR5k

Here are Planet London, we are standing up and supporting our US LGBT family, as well as all of our LGBT brothers and sisters around the world who aren't as lucky as we are now here in the UK, to say NOW is the time for same-sex marriage to be legal EVERYWHERE.

Some very creative folk who you will have heard of in their fields of music and film, collaborated to create SHE 4 ME, a public service announcement (PSA) as a new music video to an updated version of Jen Foster's 'She'. 

Mary Dawson from the campaign tells us just why it's so important...

The present atmosphere surrounding marriage equality in the United States is thick with anticipation.  Since the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rulings striking down California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), there are seventeen states (plus Washington, DC) actively and legally marrying their citizens.  In the shadow of SCOTUS on DOMA, federal district judges have declared the state marriage bans of Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas unconstitutional according to the equal p

The impact on the gay community is significant. It's a very different position to the UK where one national government-driven legal change does the job for everyone. Instead it's a fight one state at a time. As Mary writes...
I can’t begin to speak for the gay community as a whole, but for me, there are a myriad of emotions.  At one moment I am in awe at the pace in which this change is occurring.  At the next moment, I am scared to death of the pace in which this change is occurring. The American Supreme Court is a majority conservative court and often split their rulings 5-4. Avoidance is no longer an option for these justices, so as early as next year, full equality for same-sex couples could be determined by the law of the land and not by the fortune of geography.
 
On the role of Arts & Music influencing politics & society, Mary surmises...
How can the arts & music community influence politics & society? I don’t have to tell you about the long history of the arts making political statements.  Shakespeare is the first to come to mind in regard to political theater.  In the history of the United States, music has been used as anthems of solidarity for decades.  From the spirituals of the Antebellum South, to the lunch counters of the segregated 1960s, music has been the common chorus of overcoming the inequities imposed by a less than moral majority. 
 
SHE4MEAnd marriage equality doesn't mean that everyone will run out and get married straight away. Everyone involved in the SHE 4 ME project is taking part for their own reasons:
 
There are probably as many different answers to this question as there are people involved.  For me, it’s all about choice.  The legal protections notwithstanding, marriage is not for everyone.  Do I want to get married?  The prospects of wearing that Carolina Herrera gown I saw the other day makes me say, hell yeah.  I don’t know, but it sure is nice to have the choice, now isn’t it?

Mary has written a very detailed and eloquent blog on the current position in the USA:  http://mindschmootz.net/2014/02/usa-4me/