Former board chair Michael Mitchell on Plan-B's LGBTQ Work

Michael Mitchell was Plan-B’s board chair from 2003-2005, while he was also the Executive Director of Equality Utah.  He is also the former Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats and is currently the Director of Communications for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in Washington, DC.  He shares his thoughts on Plan-B’s LGBTQ work as part of Give OUT Day. I had been living in NYC for many years and found myself returning home to Utah in the early 2000’s. I somehow found myself on the Plan-B Theatre board, which turned out be one of the most fulfilling things I’ve done in my life. Being a former actor, I love the theatre and deeply appreciate how art shapes and changes culture. It’s no secret that Utah has a particular – and one could successfully argue, conservative – culture. Plan-B has been a life-giving and, I would go so far as to say, lifesaving counterbalance. I say “lifesaving” because I have no doubt in my mind that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks in the Intermountain West seeing themselves on stage – as human, flawed, heroic, humorous and necessary – has shattered deadly loneliness every moment the actors walk on stage. MY LEFT BREAST (2002) saved lives. It was acted with sharp grace and heartbreaking humor, reminding us that cancer doesn’t care about sexual orientation. When Plan-B announced that it was going to do HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (2003 and then revived in 2005 and 2012), I’ll admit I had my doubts that it would do the original justice (having seen it several times during the NY run, including...

WHY I SUPPORT PLAN-B – Mike Thompson

Since 2001, Plan-B has produced plays that place LGBT issues center stage. Plays such as: A PERFECT GANESH – 2001 THE LARAMIE PROJECT – 2001 MY LEFT BREAST – 2002 HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH – 2003, 2005 BASH: LATTERDAY PLAYS – 2003 A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK – 2004 PATIENT A – 2005 MIASMA – 2006 FACING EAST – 2006, 2007 THE ALIENATION EFFEKT – 2007 THE TRICKY PART – 2008 DI ESPERIENZA – 2009 To recognize Plan-B’s exceptional commitment to these important issues, Equality Utah honored Plan-B with our 2007 Allies for Equality award. I am honored to personally support Plan-B’s unique and socially conscious...

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