I received an email from Melanie Nathan, co-producer of "Gay U.S.A. The Movie", with the video trailer for the film above. You may recall reading about Melanie and producer Kristina Lapinski here at Occupy America, and their brave confrontation with Rick Santorum over gay rights.
According to Lapinski, "The prime goal of the film is to educate those who are uninformed, misinformed or indifferent about the gay community and our fight for equality. My goal is to complete this film in time for 2012 elections to influence those voting on ballot measures across the county."
I have covered almost every aspect of the LGBT movement’s struggle on political and social issues from across the United States in a way that also reaches across the generational divide. Nothing like this has ever been done before that covers the full spectrum of issues.
The film has led me to stories from individuals and families to politicians, activists, and to clergy. I have spent time living in the homes of my characters, including PFLAG mom, Janet Souza, a Christian, who embraced her gay son though her journey of reconciliation, and a lesbian couple , Carol & Nan in New York who could finally marry after 38 years together.
I have interviewed the service members impacted by Don´t Ask Don´t tell, and stayed with the Wilfahrt family who lost their gay son, Corp. Andrew Wilfahrt in the Afghanistan War. The Wilfahrts are now fighting to keep their state of Minnesota from a marriage amendment in the Constitution.
I have filmed myself having a confrontation with Newt Gingrich & Rick Santorum at an exclusive Tea Party debate, and I have been baptized by Rick Warren while coming out as a lesbian.
The full list of participants including featured stories, well known people in the LGBT movement and politicians can be found at www.gayusathemovie.com/about.
The film runs through all cycles of life, from the happiest to the saddest of scenes, weddings to teen suicide memorials. It covers so much.
Now I am ready to shoot the final phase of the project and then will head into post production.
Wouldn't it be a kick in the pants to right-wing hatemongers like Rick Santorum if his own anti-gay rhetoric helped lead a push that not only helped these two talented women finish their film, but also led a charge towards true LGBT equality under the law?
If you'd like to help contribute to see this film completed, you can do so online here. The pair have a modest goal of $7,500 left to achieve their goal.