Remember “Choosing Children”?Tuesday 12, May 2009
By Debra Chasnoff, President/Senior Producer | LGBT, Straightlaced
In 1984 I made my first documentary film, and launched what was then Women’s Educational Media into the world of filmmaking combined with activist educational campaigns. Choosing Children, which was co-directed and co-produced with Kim Klausner, my kids’ other mom, explored the then unheard of idea that if you were gay or lesbian, you could also become a parent. We interviewed some of the brave pioneering moms who had had kids AFTER coming out. Lesbians (and some gay men) watching their stories at screening events we organized across the country had lightbulbs go off in their heads. They went home, found sperm donors or applied to adopt. And voila – the lesbian baby boom exploded. Today there is hardly a PTA in the country without a gay or lesbian parent in it!
Kim and I are honored that the Legacy Project, a program of OUTFEST, has
selected Choosing Children as one of the two films it is restoring this year. And thank goodness because the original laboratory that housed the film negative went out of business and when it did, the negative vanished into thin air! Thankfully, Legacy is creating a brand new 35 milimeter print so that this classic documentary, a pillar of LGBT history, will be preserved for generations (and grandchildren) to come.
If you are in San Francisco this Sunday, please consider coming to an
important fundraiser to help Legacy raise the remaining funds needed to
complete the project. I will be there and would love to see you there.
Or you can make a donation online at http://www.outfest.org/legacy.html.