Brandon Woodruff Documentary -- OUTWORDS Project -- Galveston Pride
We speak with folks about the movie, "Texas Justice: Brandon Woodruff Big State, Small Town, No Justice". In October 2005 Texas prosecutors charged Brandon Dale Woodruff — then a 19-year-old freshman at Abilene Christian University — with murdering his parents Dennis and Norma. Unable to make the $1 million bail he sat in Hunt County Jail for more than three years awaiting trial. When the case finally was presented to a Greenville jury in northeast Texas the prosecution essentially posited during the 12-day trial that Brandon Woodruff was living a double life based on lies who ditched classes at ACU for gay adventures in wild Dallas. Faced with flunking out and returning home to a hick town the prosecutors argued that Brandon killed his disappointed parents for their life insurance so he would be free to pursue his gay life with carefree abandon. On March 20, 2009 the jury convicted Brandon Woodruff after only five hours of deliberation. The state earlier had waived the death penalty, and he automatically was sentenced to a life term behind bars.
GUESTS: Scott Poggensee, Richard Ray and Georges Detiveaux
Then, we speak with Mason Funk about the Outwords Project. OUTWORDS captures, preserves, and shares the stories of LGBTQIA2S+* elders, to build community and catalyze social change. OUTWORDS envisions a world where difference and diversity are respected and celebrated,everyone’s story is valued, and traditionally underrepresented stories are given prominence,the transformative power of sexual and gender authenticity is embraced anti-LGBTQIA2S+ fears, phobias, and traumas are acknowledged and healed
GUEST: Mason Funk
And finally we speak with folks from Pride Galveston. Pride Galveston is a registered nonprofit corporation founded and organized in Galveston, Texas. Pride Galveston incorporated on April 18, 2018. Pride Galveston is operated under the direction of a board of directors that is committed to working for the betterment of the Galveston community.
Pride Galveston began in 2017 as Pride Galveston Beach Bash & Block Party, when Jamie Fuller-Waymire & Terry Fuller-Waymire decided a PRIDE festival would be a wonderful idea, as the island was lacking an event designed for the community. Pride Galveston has since ballooned into a three day celebration.
The purpose of Pride Galveston is to embrace diversity, instill pride, and celebrate unity, as well as recognize the contributions of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community in the Galveston area. This shall be accomplished by raising visibility and promoting full human and civil rights via education, celebrations, and vast networking to the fullest extent allowed by the nonprofit status of Pride Galveston.
Pride Galveston produces several events during the year to celebrate Pride and to fulfill its purpose. The main event, Pride Galveston Beach Bash Weekend is typically held the first Saturday of September as to not clash with other regional Pride celebrations.
Additional events produced by Pride Galveston include Mister and Miss Pride Galveston Pageant and two pre Pride parties held at intervals during the year. New events will be added in the upcoming years and as dictated by community desire.
GUEST: Terry Fuller-Waymire