Self-proclaimed nice Jewish boy, Jake Goodman, felt called to take a stand for LGBT equality in 2008 when the New York State Senate rejected same-sex marriage and Prop 8 passed in California so, he united with everyday people committed to achieving equality through non-violent direct action to form Queer Rising. This November, three members go to trial for blocking evening rush hour traffic outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in Manhattan to bring attention to what were, at the time, the state’s discriminatory marriage laws.

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