Monday, September 18, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books welcomes author David Collins, who will sign and discuss his new book, Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas, with Post-Dispatch reporter Doug Moore!
In early 2013 same-sex marriage was legal in only ten states and the District of Columbia. That year the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor appeared to open the door to marriage equality. In Texas, Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, together for sixteen years and deeply in love, wondered why no one had stepped across the threshold to challenge their state's 2005 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. Accidental Activists is the deeply moving story of two men who struggled to achieve the dignity of which Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke in a series of Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage that recognized the essential humanity of gay and lesbian people.
“This is the best book on the hugely important topic of gay marriage that I have encountered."
—George Hodgman, Bettyville
Doug Moore has been a reporter with the Post-Dispatch since 2000. His current beat is diversity and demographics, which includes covering issues involving race, gay rights, refugee resettlement and immigration reform. He was the recipient of the 2010 Terry Hughes Award, given annually by the St. Louis Newspaper Guild to a reporter who champions the underdog and brings attention to populations that would not otherwise have a voice. He has also won writing awards from the Missouri Press Association (2015), the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors (2015), the Missouri Press Foundation (2014), and has twive been a finalist for a Great Plains Journalism Award (2017).
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Accidental Activists from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.