FAU Exhibit to Showcase Stories of Overcoming Gay Hate

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Dustin Lance Black’s 8 ¾ that portrays the actual events of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial which led to the overturn of California’s Proposition 8 ¾ will open at Florida Atlantic University by fraternity Alpha Psi Omega on March 29.

But before the play, Junior Daniela Feriozzi wants to show the community that no one is alone.

Feriozzi and a few students who are putting on 8 are welcoming the South Florida community to submit real stories of overcoming hate throughout their lives.

“As long as a person can relate how they are an ally to the community, they can submit their stories,” Feriozzi said.

Beginning at 5 p.m. - two hours prior to the opening of 8 - stories that have been submitted will be showcased in the University Theatre lobby on the Boca Raton campus.

“It isn’t just limited to words, people have also submitted pieces of art,” Feriozzi said. “Not all stories will be read aloud. Many will be around the lobby for people to read and talk to other people about.”

There is no cost to attend the exhibition, but the play is $10. All proceeds from the play will go to the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact ¾ two national organizations dedicated to marriage equality.

If you want to share your story of overcoming hate - race, gender, and sexual orientation included - Feriozzi is looking for you.

While the creators of the play were putting together 8, Feriozzi said a few of them were looking for ways to incorporate South Floridians into the discussion.

“We thought it’d be cool if people could share their stories before the play,” she said. “For anyone who submits, they are welcome to attend the final dress rehearsal for 8.” As of press time, nearly 20 people have submitted stories.

8 (the play) is based on the federal trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger that ruled Proposition 8 - the constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage in California - was a violation of equal protection and eventually banned.

If you go:

Send your stories to Daniela Feriozzi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Show up to the University Theatre lobby at 5 pm on Friday, March 29.

777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Staying for the play? $10 goes to American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact Dori Zinn