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Los Angeles 2016
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A profile of elected California legislators, all lesbians, who helped pave the way for LGBT rights.
Markowitz and Wares turn the spotlight on four pioneering California politicians who served in the CA Assembly, two starting in the mid-1990s, as out lesbian women. While known within the state, they remain unheralded on the larger national stage, but put forth legislation that helped end discrimination and set up an environment more conducive to marriage equality and other LGBT rights. At the center of the portrait is Sheila Kuehl, a former actress turned political firebrand, whose long struggle to pass a bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in schools takes up a disproportionate portion of the film. Fellow politicians Carole Migden, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe eventually get their own chance to shine, building on earlier victories to push for domestic partnerships and greater protections under the law. While talking heads dominate, the film wisely energizes its otherwise conventional presentation by employing judiciously chosen footage from Assembly debate, demonstrating the quartet’s sensibility and candor even when faced with backward-thinking and at times baldly homophobic rhetoric from opponents.