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Social Security Benefits, Not for Everyone

Bill Bowersock and Shawn Nee’s “Thank You For Your Call” documentary video on KNBC’s “The Filter With Fred Roggin.”

Social Security Equality On KNBC

Photo by Shawn Nee

The local LA politics show “The Filter With Fred Roggin” is doing a segment on social security equality,  interviewing Bill Bowersock and using Shawn Nee’s documentary video. The issue has gained a bit of traction over the past week, from an initial post on, to The Atlantic, Dan Savage and The New Yorker. Not bad for a little-discussed civil rights issue.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, be sure to tune in Wednesday night, July 28, at 7:30 pm on KNBC’s digital channel (Charter 304, Cox 804, Time Warner 225, Verizon FIOS 460 and on Channel 4 Sunday nights at 11:30 pm). If you’re not, you can watch the segment here after 10 p.m.

Thank You For Your Call

In 1935, the Social Security Act was created to help ensure the economic safety of America’s elderly.

As of July 2010, the United States Social Security Administration does not recognize same-sex marriages or domestic partnerships as valid relationships.

Consequently, thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender seniors are denied Social Security benefits every year.

Ineligible for Social Security surivors benefits, and faced with undue economic burdens, many LGBT seniors are often forced to give up their homes after losing their partner.

To learn more about this issue please visit

Video by Shawn Nee / discarted

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