Name: Sean Chapin
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Why I Found Him at The NEM:
Like many across the country, Sean Chapin was angry about Prop 8. He had been sharing his videography and musical talents long before then, but it was Proposition 8’s passing that galvanized him to fight for his equal rights. Much like I channeled my energy into my writing, he channeled his into his talents.
Since last November, Sean has created many videos that have been seen by thousands of people. Among them was a response to NOM’s “Gathering Storm” ad and a recent mock horror film trailer called “The Homosexuals” (they’re coming!). He also recently produced a concept album called “More Equal Union” to raise money for Lambda Legal. Sean wrote a song that he contributed to the National Equality March’s Equality Song contest, for which he was one of four finalists. You can listen below to his entry, “Our Time Has Come.”
What He’d Change in America:
Sean does not like the fact people are voting on civil rights. He sees it as tyrannical, a bad precedent for our nation that is unconstitutional. With hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent on all sides of the various state-by-state campaigns, Sean thinks those resources could be used much more positively. He is quick to remind folks that the federal movement for queer equality is just as important, if not moreso, than the state movements. The United States is not a democracy, he points out, but a constitutional republic, and the Constitution should be what determines our freedoms and protections.