Battle Ground

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The Church of Latter Day Saints played an active role in 2008 supporting and funding Prop 8 in California, the ballot measure limiting marriage in the state to male-female couples. However the battle for marriage equality eventually reached Utah, the home state of Mormonism, in 2013.

A small, grassroots campaign begun by a local, inexperienced, gay activist in Salt Lake City triumphed there. Church & State directed by Holly Tuckett and Kendall Wilcox (USA) 2018 documents that amazing and contentious struggle.

The DVD is available now from Breaking Glass Pictures.

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Family Values

Mama’s Boy by Dustin Lance Black, (2019) Knopf is a compelling memoir by the screenwriter of the award-wining film Milk.

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It ranges over three generations, including the author’s maternal grandmother, who barely managed to overcome poverty and an all but hopeless future, through the courageous and exemplary life of his mother, who rose above a physically debilitating chronic condition to give birth and nurture three children, as well as his own rise as both a creative artist and dedicated activist for justice.

Lance’s mother shines in this loving portrayal of her and his admiration for her amazing courage and resolve. Aware of his homosexuality at an early age, he knows it distances him from the traditional Southern values of the one person whose love and acceptance he fears losing.

The key to understanding and compassion lies in the many personal stories of both him and his friends. It’s where connections are made and healing begins. Mama’s Boy is a rare gem of a book!

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