Just a quick reminder; that this Thursday June 21st is movie night at the Portland SEIU office. Please encourage folks come and see "For My Wife". Rose Kachadoorian and Ann Montague from the Lavender Caucus will be on hand to introduce the film and help facilitate a brief discussion after the movie.
On December 14, 2006, a torrential rainstorm hit Seattle. Water flooded into the home of Kate Fleming and Charlene Strong. Kate, an award-winning audio book narrator, tried to retrieve equipment from her small basement studio but became trapped by the rising waters. When a rescue team finally freed Kate, she was unconscious and rushed to the hospital. It was there that Charlene was denied access to Kate by a social worker—because they weren’t married. Kate’s sister had to be called to give Charlene the necessary permission to be with Kate in her final moments. The humiliation and discrimination Charlene faced at the hospital and the funeral home, compelled her to testify to the Washington legislature, an act that became influential in passing the state’s historic Domestic Partnership Registration Bill.
This powerful documentary humanizes the struggle for full marriage equality. It also chronicles the making of an activist— Charlene has become a powerful voice for the equal rights of same-sex couples. And certainly, the film is a tribute to Kate Fleming: a “calm voice in the world,” who often dedicated her work simply—”for my wife.”
Come and see this difficult story. This story is a powerful example of why marriage equality is long over due.
Where: SEIU 503's Portland Office located at 6401 SE Foster Rd.
When: June 21st, door's open at 6:00 PM, movie starts at 6:30 PM