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SACRAMENTO– Film Screening: The Story of Rosemary Metrailer
December 8, 2017 @ 5:00 am – 7:30 amFree
SACRAMENTO– “The Story of Rosemary Metrailer,” centers on the pioneering local civil rights attorney and places the her accomplishments in the context of the social and political environment in Sacramento from 1960s to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in the U.S. The documentary includes interviews with Metrailer’s peers—Sacramento leaders who forged Sacramento’s tradition of support for LGBTQ equality, including former mayors Phil Isenberg, Anne Rudin and Heather Fargo—and many advocates, such as former legislator Dennis Mangers, publisher Linda Birner and LGBTQ legislative activist Laurie McBride, who helped blaze the trail.
Metrailer may be best known for her role as plaintiff’s attorney in the infamous 1984 lawsuit filed by former Metropolitan Community Church minister Jerry Sloan against televangelist Jerry Falwell. The conflict made national headlines, and the court awarded Sloan nearly $9,000, including punitive damages, a portion of which became the seed money to found the organization that would become the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.
Metrailer also is renowned in legal circles for her firm’s successful 1988 class action sex discrimination suit against McClellan Air Force Base (1988) on behalf of women employees. As a community leader, she founded Sacramento Area Community Women’s Network, and SacLEGAL, a local organization of LGBTQ attorneys.
Dec. 8, 2017, 1-3:00 pm Sacramento City College Free to Public – Registration Required
Sacramento City College, Performing Arts Center, #201
3835 Freeport Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95822
For more information, go to https://www.scc.losrios.edu/facultystaffcalendar/event/legends-courage-documentary-rosemary-metrailer-esq/
or contact Dr. Norman Lorenz 916-558-2176
This project was supported by California Humanities through a Community Stories Grant. To learn about current funding opportunities, please visit our webpage here.