The LOFT’s 2014 Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer Equality Award: Brendan Fay
Read More HereBrendan Fay is a community activist and filmmaker.
He has been active on campaigns for immigration reform, civil marriage, AIDS awareness, policing reform and human rights.
He has an MA from St John’s University and taught in New York Catholic high schools for five years. He is a retreat leader and his writing has been published in a number of collections most recently in ‘Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City’ by Thomas Keith.
In 1994 he founded the Irish LGBT group ‘Lavender and Green Alliance’- Muintir Aerach na hEireann. With others he formed Irish Aids Outreach (IAC) to break the silence around AIDS in the Irish Community.
After years of protests and arrests he began New York City’s inclusive ‘St Pat’s for All’ parade in March 2000. Now in its 15th year the parade is known for its spirit of diversity and hospitality.
Activist for Marriage Equality:
Brendan, with close friend and fellow activist Jesus Lebron has been involved in the grassroots movement for marriage equality since 1996. In 2003 they co founded cialis by mail with a prescription bringing couples across borders for legal marriage. Among the couples were Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer whose US Supreme Court case (2013) led to the overturning DOMA. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-l-manson/catholics-doma-dignity-usa_b_3504077.html
Brendan is organizing support for the campaign for equal marriage rights in Ireland to be decided by national referendum in 2015
Marriage: Brendan met his spouse Tom Moulton in 1996. Tom works as a pediatric hematologist-oncologist in the South Bronx. They were among the first bi-national couples to legally marry in Canada in July 2003.
Poland: Brendan has been involved in Polish LGBT politics and activism as a result of President Lech Kaczynski’s March 17 2008 national address denouncing same-sex marriage using images of his wedding with Tom in Canada. They have visited Poland a number of times since including EuroPride, 2010.
Film maker: Brendan produced the ‘Silence to Speech’ documentary series on being “Irish and LGBT” in America. He is director of ‘Remembering Mychal’ (2014) and co- producer of ‘Saint of 9/11’ (2006) documentaries about Fr. Mychal Judge, the FDNY Franciscan chaplain who died in the WTC tragedy on Sept 11 2001. He is associate producer of the award winning “Edie and Thea- A Very Long Engagement”. His film about gay pioneer priest John McNeill, ‘‘Taking a Chance on God’ has been translated into Polish, Spanish, Italian and Portugese The film recently completed its international film festival run acclaimed by audiences around the world including Rio, Warsaw, Durban, Buenos Aires, Belfast, Florence and London.
He is in pre production with director Ed Moran on a film about West Papuan human rights leader John Rumbiak and is editing a collection of stories about the 15 years of St Pats For All.