Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Last year I was contacted by a man who told me he left the Mormon church after seeing my photo of the No On Prop 8 protests. He wanted to know if he could have permission to use the photo in his book. Well today I received my copy of the book. Here's a scan of the book cover and the page with my photo. I'm very proud that my photo could change someone's mind about gay equal rights and the religious doctrine he'd been force fed in the Mormon Church. - Lydia Marcus

Here's an excerpt from the book that explains the importance of my photo.

"Thou Shalt Question" by M.J. Prometheus

"During the Proposition 8 furor I ran across a photo online of a protestor holding a sign in favor of gay rights. My very first thought was, "Silly gay person! It's not the same at all!" Then my brain, subversive little blob of gray matter that it is, quietly whispered, "How is it not the same?" I told my brain to keep it's ridiculous thoughts to itself, but it refused. My biases demanded I beat my inquisitive mind into submission and I spent months diligently seeking an answer to its question. I could find no satisfying solution. My gay friend Todd was still alive at the time. My younger brother had just recently come out to his family members and friends. I decided to take a challenge similar to the one I offered my readers near the end of the previous chapter: I asked myself what would it feel like to walk up to Todd or my brother and tell them to their face that I knew their homosexuality was an abomination and that they did not deserve the same rights I did. Just the thought of saying such a thing to the people I cared about left me feeling very cold indeed. After that little mental role-play I made my decision: I could no longer be a member of the church."

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