About Sean Chapin
Bilerico Project Features Album, Sean Chapin
The popular and award-winning LGBT website Bilerico Project featured Sean Chapin
and the LGBT civil rights album More Equal Union.
Donna Pandori from the Bilerico Project described Sean
as "a talented musician, video artist, and strong advocate for LGBT equality," and considered the song "Together As One" as a "hip little number."
Releases Music Album to Raise Money for LGBT Civil Rights
More Equal Union
will champion and fund the continuing fight for LGBT equality.
San Francisco, CA, June 7, 2009 - Musician, videographer, and YouTube advocate for LGBT civil rights Sean Chapin
announced the release of an original music album in support of the gay rights movement.
The album, titled More Equal Union, was released for sale on iTunes
in the United States on May 6, 2009, and all proceeds from album sales will be donated to Lambda Legal
, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV.
has created a moving album that reaches deep into our collective yearning for equality, and he touches us with the strength of music clearly born from the rights we briefly held but are once again denied," says Stuart Milk.
"In the spirit of diversity, I incorporated many different genres to appeal to a range of musical tastes," says Chapin
"My goal is to increase awareness among both gay and straight people of the true breadth of issues currently affecting the LGBT population.
Conceptually tied together, the songs of More Equal Union
introduce a fictional gay family (Ethan and Jacob).
Beginning with their first meeting, the album tells Ethan and Jacob's story as they react to the forces around them and meet a tragic end.
"Stories inject humanity and emotion into a cause, and I hope that the story behind this album helps listeners better relate to the songs," says Chapin
Included in the album is track "United We Love," a folk song reviewed favorably by gay lifestyle website Queerty.com.
performed "United We Love" live in front of 10,000 attendees at the San Francisco Join the Impact rally last November.
"In More Equal Union
, Sean Chapin
has given voice to a movement, and what a beautiful voice it is!"
has also self-produced music videos for some of the album's tracks, incorporating footage he
shot at LGBT-related events over the past year.
The videos include "Grand," a rock song celebrating same-sex marriage, and "Promise," a slow ballad and parent's ode to a newborn child, both of which were reviewed favorably on the web.
With the release of More Equal Union
, Chapin hopes to sell 10,000 copies and raise $100,000 in proceeds for Lambda Legal
also wants to change minds about the issues affecting LGBT people.
allows us to feel our community's desire for inclusion and to hear our unified cry- that our love will not be denied, that we will not be silent, that we will no longer hide, and we will not diminish our hope nor our pride," says Milk.
"When the California Supreme Court
removed the ban on same-sex marriage last may, I felt like an equal Californian for the first time in my life," says Chapin
About Sean Chapin
Sean Chapin is a songwriter and videographer who has documented the LGBT civil rights movement in California since the passage of Proposition 8 in November 2008.
Videos on his
YouTube Channel "SeanChapin1" have accumulated over 1 million total views and have been posted on LGBT and LGBT-friendly websites including Towleroad.com
Additionally, Chapin's videos have also been linked to by The New York Times
, Time, and The Huffington Post.
Per Queerty, "catch the Leffews in the music video for Sean Chapin's
"Promise," a song off the record More Equal Union that's scheduled to drop this summer and whose sales will go to Lambda Legal
In the words of Towleroad: "Activist Sean Chapin launches musical quest to raise money for LGBT civil rights."
In the words of Joe: "Reliable JMG reader Sean Chapin
just handed in a fantastic tribute to same-sex marriage, his
original song Grand, which includes video of a gay marriage ceremony at San Francisco City Hall
also recently ranked Sean Chapin's
NOM Gathering Storm response video as among the top ten video responses on the internet, saying that "the points he
make [are] not just accurate, but heartfelt" and "gay rights groups should look at ads like these the next time they decide to create their own.