Freedom to Marry, a national group working to legalize gay marriage in the U.S., announced in a press release Oct. 9 it has partnered with “The Fifth Beatle,” the graphic novel examining the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
“Freedom to Marry has long urged that the most effective way to continue winning over hearts and minds is talking about who gay people are, why marriage matters, and the harms inflicted by the denial of the freedom to marry,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, in the statement to the media.
“Vivek J. Tiwary’s 'The Fifth Beatle' tells the compelling story of a tremendously successful entertainment executive who lived at a time that gay people were excluded from the public dialogue -- not that long ago -- and the costs of that exclusion. Brian Epstein's story portrays the unnecessary, unfair, and unacceptable pain and price of telling some of our friends that they cannot dream of a life of love and commitment equally respected under the law. In a year when we celebrate our winning the freedom to marry in Epstein's home country of Britain, and a year of real momentum here in the U.S., we continue to imagine, as John Lennon urged, a better world -- and are working to bring it home."
The book is scheduled for release on Nov. 19 by Dark House Comics. It will include an afterword by cartoonist Howard Cruse (“Stuck Rubber Baby,” “Wendel”) about his own experiences with the struggle for marriage and the connection between the Brian Epstein story and Freedom to Marry.
“The Fifth Beatle” is also being adapted into a feature film with rights to use Beatles songs. Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen and Tiwary will co-produce the film. Production is planned to start in 2014.
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