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Published on May 4, 2012

My video entry for the White House LGBT Champions of Change Video Challenge
http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/pri...

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My name is Sean Chapin. I'm 35 years old, and I'm born and raised in San Francisco, California. As a gay American, I had resigned to settling for whatever life I could have, that is until California legalized marriage for gay couples and had me starting to dream of freedom and equality. But then Proposition 8 passed and took this civil right to marry away from us, and that day woke me up more than any other day in my life.

Since then, I have been advocating for LGBT equality on my YouTube channel. I first covered the Prop 8 protests in San Francisco that happened after the election. Then I started writing songs for civil rights, and by that time I had jumped in head first into this equality movement and never looked back.

My YouTube channel has now over 300 videos for LGBT civil rights, filled with original songs, parodies, event montages, shorts, and various campaigns. Some of the videos are funny, some are serious, and all of them are hopefully getting people to think about what it means to be gay and equal in our country. A few of them have gone a little more viral than others, including my response to the National Organization for Marriage's "Gathering Storm" commercial, a live re-enactment of the children's book "King & King", comparing gay marriage to the Jim Crow laws, a song I wrote for the It Gets Better Project, and poking fun at the ex-gay movement with a parody of a famous song. If you want to know, my favorite is a short story that illustrates prejudice through a Sudoku puzzle.

But what I am primarily known for is my campaign to ask the San Francisco Giants to make an It Gets Better video. After Kobe Bryant uttered a homophobic slur that was caught on national TV, I made a video to encourage my home team to proactively reach out to the LGBT community like a sports team has never done before, and thanks to a petition I started on change.org, the Giants agreed and joined the It Gets Better Project, helping inspire seven other teams in Major League Baseball to do the same. A few months later when the Giants visited the White House, and you mentioned their video for LGBT youth, I realized even more just how much one can make a difference when fueled with courage and hope.

It's astonishing to look back over the last few years and see the amazing progress that our country has made toward realizing the dream of equality. There is more work to do, and really, this work will never end, but it is this work that defines who we are and makes where we live more perfect. I know our day is coming, and I cherish the opportunity to help shape the journey in what way I can.

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