Driving Equality Across America

The documentary film, Driving Equality Across America, is the product of a 107-day, 22,000 mile, 48-state trek across the United States in an effort to meet, interview, and share the stories of LGBT Americans, their allies, and their opponents. (www.DrivingEquality.comIn an effort to raise awareness of the various forms of discrimination faced by the LGBT community and the tremendous progress being make toward equality, these interviews give the viewer a better understanding of what it is like to be LGBT in vastly different parts of the country. Mason conducted interviews with LGBT activist, allies, and opponents across the country. At the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) he interviewed Shirley Phelps-Roper, a church member who often protests with signs that read "god hates fags". He also interviewed Daniel Nicoletta, protégé of Harvey Milk, in San Francisco. While traveling through Indiana, Chris was stopped by the Indiana State Police. After discussing the pro-LGBT mission of his project, he was allowed to leave but followed for several miles. When he stopped at a rest area, his Driving Equality van was surrounded and searched by five police officers, who damaged professional equipment. Driving Equality Across America, explores Mason's experiences on the road, following his trip across the country as he meets LGBT Americans where they live, in small towns and big cities. Many of these interviews tell the stories of LGBT individuals, their personal struggles and incredible accomplishments. Other interviews depict how the LGBT community has employed different ways of combating discrimination across the nation. Through touching interviews, some heartbreaking, others inspiring, Driving Equality Across America offers a glimpse of Mason's journey into the heart of LGBT America. The film premiered in Boston on July 31, 2014 to an enthusiastic audience and is available to rent or buy on Amazon.com.

Below are a few clips from the project.