Roland Emmerich Offers Cash for Marriage Equality
By Jerry Portwood
White House Down is a hit, and filmmaker Roland Emmerich (who was photographed in 2011 for the Out100) is not only enthusiastic about having a box office smash (starring Channing Tatum no less), he's not skimping on a sizable donation to the Human Rights Campaign.
"HRC won’t stop until discrimination against LGBT Americans is eliminated," Emmerich told The Hollywood Reporter. "With last week’s Supreme Court rulings, they proved it can be done, but we still have a long way to go in establishing equal rights for everyone. I support them every step of the way.”
Much of the support for HRC's renewed efforts can be credited to the former Hollywood and media strategist and current HRC prez Chad Griffin. He has made sure the organization is at the forefront of the fight for marriage equality, and he's vowed to not stay in his safe zone and will visit Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, and Arkansas to meet with local groups, legislators, and community members.
"With all of the media attention on our historic wins at the Supreme Court, we can't afford to lose sight of the new reality: There are two tiers of equality in this country, where some LGBT Americans have protections and access to equal rights and others simply do not," Griffin said.
"Our streets will never be completely safe for a gay couple as long as most states bar them from something as basic as marriage," Griffin said. "Our schools will never be completely safe for a transgender student until our laws protect their unimpeachable right to live and work without fear of being evicted or fired."
Emmerich seems to be embracing his queer side in other ways as well. He recently discussed wanting to make a big-screen film based on the Stonewall Uprising and penned by fellow gay screenwriter, Jon Robin Bates.