Monday, June 23, 2008


I saw the most heart-wrenching and wonderful documentary last night. "Freeheld" is a short film about Laurel Hester, a woman who served her community as a cop for 25 years. Upon finding out that she was dying of lung cancer, she sought to transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. She was denied by the Freeholders; a board consisting entirely of white heterosexual men. They were actually able to look a dying woman in the face and tell her that she can't give her pension from serving her community for almost three decades to the woman that she has spent the past six years of her life with. They also failed to give adequate reasons. It baffled me. This documentary chronicles her final days and the struggle she goes through, along with hundreds of other supporters, to gain the same right as heterosexual couples.

Has anyone seen "Freeheld"? If not, it's being shown multiple times this month on Cinemax, so please try and catch it. It'll bring you to tears, but it's really well-done and so eye-opening.

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