Oh, this makes my heart soar.
The California Teachers Assn. donated $1 million this week to defeat a
ballot initiative seeking to ban same-sex marriage in California,
joining the ranks of wealthy gay rights activists and Hollywood
politicos as one of the major donors to the campaign.
"For us, it’s a civil rights issue," said the association’s President
David Sanchez. "We don’t believe people should be treated differently."
Also amazing is this movie trailer:
And I’m in it! From an earlier blog-post of mine:
And it was odd — there were a lot of us extras, all dressed in 70s
clothing, trying to be cool. Sean Penn was doing the same thing. We
went through the whole thing a couple of times — he came out onto the
dais in front of City Hall in Civic Center and gave the speech. We
cheered and yelled and then he exited the stage. The director yelled
But then: After two run-throughs which we thought had
been real, the director said "Take ONE!" Sean Penn, just walking onto
the stage, was a different person. He WAS Harvey Milk (believe it or
not). We were in his pocket. His speech, which we’d already heard a
couple of times, was world-changing. We would have done anything for
him. The cheering and whooping were real. The tears were real. The
pride I felt when the pretty boys on the balcony unfurled an early
evolution of the Pride Flag was real. The fact that people were there
as extras who had been there the first time….. Amazing. So lucky to
be part of it.
So you might see me. But if you don’t, please know my voice was one of the voices raised in support.
In the trailer my sister and I are stage right. I couldn’t see us, but maybe in the movie we will? Don’t really care — it just looks AWESOME and I’m so excited to see it.
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