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Simply Equal; Vol. 64
Simply Equal


 
Volume 64

In December 2006, a torrential rainstorm hit Seattle. Tragic circumstances found Kate Fleming, a celebrated recording artist, trapped in her basement studio. Her spouse of nine years, Charlene Strong, returned home to find Kate sealed behind the studio door as the waters rose. Charlene's efforts to free Kate ended when the water reached the ceiling level. But Charlene's nightmare did not end once the firemen retrieved Kate's body and transferred her to the ICU of a nearby hospital. Emergency room staff barred Charlene from entry to be with Kate, as she lay dying. A "blood relative" was needed to grant the necessary permission. Precious time was lost as Charlene made frantic phone calls to Kate's family. Kate died that night, minutes after Charlene was finally given that permission. After facing this loss and the humiliation of a funeral director's bigotry, Charlene decided to take a stand. She contacted members of Washington's legislature, who at that time were debating Domestic Partnership rights, a cause that had failed in years past. Charlene Strong's dramatic congressional testimony is credited in the bill's passage. This event put Charlene on a new path, that of "activist," her cause - Marriage Equality for Lesbian and Gay Americans who lack the most basic of legal protections. Her story is one of courage and determination. It is one that inspires the activist in all of us, as it asks the soul-searching question: What would you do?

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After the tragic death of her wife, Kate, and the heartless discrimination of hospital and funeral home staff, Charlene decided to take a stand. for my wife... chronicles the making of an activist for Marriage Equality. Addressing a timely and critical issue, for my wife... chronicles the making of an activist for Marriage Equality. Charlene Strong was thrust into the spotlight after the tragic death of her wife, Kate. After facing this loss and the heartless humiliation of hospital and funeral home staff, Charlene decided to take a stand. Her dramatic congressional testimony is credited in passing Washington state's historic Domestic Partnership laws. As Charlene finds her voice to speak out against injustice, her journey takes her across the country, finally meeting with President Barack Obama and securing his commitment to equality for all LGBT Americans. This award winning documentary film humanizes the struggle for full LGBT marriage equality through the story of Kate Fleming and Charlene Strong. It is a universal story about love, dignity and fighting for what is right - something that any viewer, gay or straight, can relate to. In a generation, we will have achieved full Marriage Equality. And this special film will have played a key role in that victory.

On this DVD
FOR MY WIFE…
Written and Directed by David Rothmiller (60 minutes)
SHADES OF GRAY
Director, Tim DePaepe (57 minutes)

For My Wife Trailer

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