Sean Chapin is producing a promotional video for the National Equality March on Washington. He emailed me recently and asked if I knew where to find original footage of the speech given by Obama in a video clip he saw on one of my Bilerico-Indiana posts, Obama - Kennedy Connection.
During our correspondence I learned Sean is a musician working on a LGBT civil rights music album called More Equal Union which he plans to donate all proceeds from sales to benefit Lambda Legal. Sean asked if Bilerico-Indiana might be interested in blogging about it.
My first thought was, "who the heck is this guy?" Then I watched the promo video for his album and realized hey you're the dude in the DOMA Flip Flop video. Sean is so much more than just the DOMA Flip Flop video though. He's a talented musician, video artist, and strong advocate for LGBT equality.
Excerpts from the press release:
More Equal Union will champion and fund the continuing fight for LGBT equality.
San Francisco, CA, June 7, 2009 - Musician, videographer, and YouTube advocate for LGBT civil rights Sean Chapin announced the release of an original music album in support of the gay rights movement. The album, titled More Equal Union, was released for sale on iTunes in the United States on May 6, 2009, and all proceeds from album sales will be donated to Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV. . .
Sean Chapin is a songwriter and videographer who has documented the LGBT civil rights movement in California since the passage of Proposition 8 in November 2008. Videos on his YouTube Channel "SeanChapin1" have accumulated over 1 million total views and have been posted on LGBT and LGBT-friendly websites including Towleroad.com, JoeMyGod.com, Queerty.com, AmericaBlog.com and PerezHilton.com. Additionally, Chapin's videos have also been linked to by The New York Times, Time, and The Huffington Post.
"This is what equality sounds like," says Gaffney. "In More Equal Union, Sean Chapin has given voice to a movement, and what a beautiful voice it is!" -- Stuart Gaffney
"Sean allows us to feel our community's desire for inclusion and to hear our unified cry- that our love will not be denied, that we will not be silent, that we will no longer hide, and we will not diminish our hope nor our pride," says Milk. -- Stuart Milk
Interested in watching the video promo for Sean's album? Here it is:
Sean describes himself as "some gay guy", "a regular Joe just telling the truth", and someone who has "a frumpy living room". Sean has been playing and composing music most of his life. His musical endeavors have included participation in elementary school choir and vocal ensemble, high school orchestra, jazz and dixieland band, and more recently the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. Today Sean uses his musical and artistic talents as weapons for equality. His weapons are his voice, clarinet, saxophone, keyboard, guitar, and video production artistry.
More Equal Union's thirteen songs range in style from pop and rock to electronica and folk, and they address LGBT issues including marriage equality, open service in the military, gay adoption, hate crimes, workplace discrimination and anti-gay bullying.
I kind of like this hip little number, Together As One:
If you want to learn more about Sean and his new album check out his website Equal Union Dot Com.