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The Pursuit of Happiness: The Struggle for Marriage Equality from the 1950s to 2015

This documentary explores the experiences of these traditionally marginalized couples from the 1950s to the present, and offers insight into evolving perceptions of race and sexuality throughout this time. Students at University Laboratory High School, in collaboration with Illinois Public Media WILL-AM 580, interviewed 16 individuals and couples whose stories capture both struggle and triumph as the battle for marriage equality has played out.

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Breaking Down Barriers - TRANSGENDER

By the end of this month, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage. Students from University Laboratory High School have prepared a series of reports on the history of the right to marry in contemporary American society. Today in the final installment of Breaking Barriers we meet Kathleen Robbins, a transgender woman.  Series producer Vinay Koshy narrates the story written by Uni High student Keisha Patel.

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Breaking Down Barriers - Children

Later this month, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on several issues related to same-sex marriage. Students from University Laboratory High School have prepared a series of stories on the experiences of people who have fought for the right to marry. In part three of Breaking Barriers we hear about the stories of non-traditional couples who have chosen to have children and how their marriage has affected their children’s upbringing. Series producer Alice Hu narrates the story written by Uni High students Rima Rebei and Zina Dolan.

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Breaking Down Barriers - AIDS

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule later this month on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage.  Students from University Laboratory High School prepared a series of stories about the experiences of people who have fought for the right to marry. In part two of Breaking Barriers we hear how the AIDS epidemic helped galvanize gay rights activists in the United States. Series producer Alice Hu narrates the story written by herself and Uni High student Ellen Rispoli.