Inspired by actual events, Four Letters portrays the struggle of Ken Ryan and his three siblings, when they are faced with the care of their elderly grandmother after the unexpected loss of their mother. When the Chicago Tribune refuses to print the deceased woman’s death notice—because the Ryan family has included Ken’s spouse, Mark—a legal and social conflict is sparked, examining the definition of ‘family’ and one of the most controversial issues of our time—marriage equality.
This project is based on our actual lawsuit against the Chicago Tribune. The case is one of the untold stories in the fight for gay rights, and part of the history that ultimately led to the legalization of gay marriage. To read a scene from Four Letters, click here.