It’s hard to believe how totally different the United States was just eight years ago — for so many reasons. Even though we had a competent, compassionate, Covid-19-negative Commander in Chief, same-sex marriage was still very much illegal.
But the course of history was about to change and two local residents had a key role in shaping the future. On July 5, 2012, Mark “Major” Jiminez and Beau Chandler handcuffed themselves together and were subsequently arrested at the Dallas County Records Building after being denied a marriage license. It was an act of bravery and civil disobedience that we admire to this day.
Learn more about their fight for equality tonight in Driving the Change: A Conversation with Beau Chandler and Major Jiminez, a virtual event tonight moderated by Dr. Sara Abosch-Jacobson, Chief Education Officer at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.
The free program is part of the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition Highlight Series. All you have to do to attend is register for a ticket.
Then raise a glass, light a candle, whisper their names when you vote, or whatever you wish to do to celebrate the sacrifices this couple made as part of the greater fight for LGBTQ equality.