- 2009: Broadway Impact is formed in celebration of President Obama's inauguration and in response to the defeat of Proposition 8 in California by Broadway's Gavin Creel (Hair), Jenny Kanelos and Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon). Since its inception, it has held many large scale rallies and has been in the forefront on distributing information throughout the theatre community.
- October 11, 2009: The National March for Equality in Washington, D.C. is held. More than two dozen buses transported over 1,400 Broadway actors, technicians, crew, fans and supporters to the rally. Producers of the Broadway show Hair cancelled performances to allow the entire production company to attend this historic event.
- May 10, 2011: NY Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell introduces the same-sex marriage bill.
- June 15, 2011: The NY Assembly passes same-sex marriage bill for the fourth time, voting 80 - 63.
- June 24, 2011: The NY State Senate passes the same-sex marriage bill into law 33 - 29. Governor Andrew Cuomo immediately signs the law, which will go into effect 30 days later.
- July 13, 2011: Rory O'Malley of Broadway Impact, The Public Theater's Oskar Eustis, and Jujamcyn Theatre President Jordan Roth, along with other Broadway dignitaries including Joel Grey, Will Swensen and the current cast of Hair announce that following the performance of the show on July 25, several members of the Broadway community will be married on the stage of the St. James Theatre. (Above)
- July 24, 2011: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the state of New York.
- July 25, 2011: The Scottsboro Boys' Colman Domingo, an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church, conducts the marriage ceremony of several same-sex couples at the St. James Theatre. Among the couples: Follies co-star Terri White and jewelry designer Donna Barnett (above), actor Ryan Dietz and playwright Josh Levine, and stage doorman John Raymond Barker and Jujamcyn Theatres usher Jared Pike.
Though the LGBT community has many more hurdles to climb over on the journey towards complete equality, let's all pause for a bit to reflect on how far we've come and to offer thanks and congratulations to everyone married today and in the future.