|SFTS Supports LGBTQ Community through Production of The Laramie Project|
For the second year in a row, San Francisco Theological Seminary students are producing and performing the Laramie Project. This epilogue play chronicles the reactions of people in the small town of Laramie, Wyoming to the kidnapping, beating, and death of Matthew Shepard, one of its community members. Each year, The Laramie Project is one of the most frequently performed plays throughout the United States.
The performance is scheduled for National Coming Out Day on Friday, Oct. 11, a day to “promote a safe world in which LGBTQ individuals can live truthfully and openly”. Tad Hopp, a third-year M.Div. student who spearheaded the play last year, will again serve as Director, Organizer, and an actor in this year’s production.
“Performing the Laramie Project at SFTS shows our solidarity with the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) community,” explained Hopp, in discussing his leadership of the Laramie Project. “We want to show that Christians and the church community stand with members of the gay community, including those like Matthew Shepard, who have faced and still face violence in their communities every day.”
Hopp is also a member of the leadership team for the student group SFTS Welcome, an alliance between the heterosexual and LGBTQ communities that fosters the education, advocacy, and inclusion of the LGBTQ community at SFTS.
The show is free to attend, and voluntary donations will be taken at the door in support of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, an organization that seeks to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance” through a variety of outreach activities, including the Laramie Project. Last year, the SFTS production raised more than $200, and Hopp hopes to surpass that achievement at this year’s performance.
“Because this is our second year putting on the show, and because it coincides with National Coming Out day on October 11, we hope to see a great turnout in support of the LGBTQ community.”
For questions about attending the show, participating in the show, or making a donation to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.