Choosing Children -- 25 Years Later Film Screening & Benefit Reception-- Tuesday, September 14, 2010
choosing children | general admission tickets

Twenty-five years ago, Kim Klausner and Debra Chasnoff produced the landmark documentary film, Choosing Children. The film explored the then-almost-unheard-of idea that lesbians and gay men could have children — after coming out. Choosing Children helped launch the LGBT baby boom and opened up the possibilities for each of us to create our own definition of "family."

Many Bay Area organizations are joining together for a community-wide screening and celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of Choosing Children, celebrate all the wonderful children LGBT people are now parenting, and raise funds to permanently preserve this historical gem on DVD. The restored 35 mm film print, courtesy of the OUTFEST Legacy Project and the UCLA Film Archive, was a huge hit at last summer's Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

If you've never seen Choosing Children, here's your chance to soak up a delightful piece of our cultural history. If you are planning on having children, you will be inspired by the courageous pioneers in the film who figured out how to bring kids into their lives, co-parent with a same-sex partner, and handle concerns from relatives and schools. If you saw the film "back in the day," this will be a trip down memory lane (including a rarely heard song by Holly Near) and a special moment to marvel at how much progress we've made.

6:30pm: Doors Open - Resource Fair
7:00pm: Program and Screening: Featuring remarks by The Honorable Donna Hitchens, co-founder of NCLR and interviewed in the original 1985 Choosing Children film.
8:30pm: Dessert Reception (Resource Fair continues)

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Choosing Children — 25 Years Later Film Screening &
Benefit Reception
| Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | 7:00pm Herbst Theater | 401 Van Ness | San Francisco


Alvin H. Baum

CapirasoBing Consulting

BJ Entwisle

First Light


Robin Kojima & Teresa Renaker


PRS Logo


The Berkeley School

Growing Light Montessori Schools

Betty's List
Marin Horizon School
Leigh Morgan
Joyce Newstat, Susan Lowenberg and Ruthie Newstat Dreisbach
Jim O'Donnell And Michael Ginther
Law Offices of Linda Scaparotti


Denis Chicola

Children's Fairyland

Bruce Deming & Jeff Byrne

DLK Law Group, PC


James Kadleck and Will Cowart


Our Family Coaltion

Amelie Ratliff

Susan Stryker

The Wald Law Group, PC

Community Host

Law Offices of Adams and Romer
Randi Bencannan, Adoption Connection
Phil Bokovoy and Tamar Pachter
Pam David
Margery Dimond
Estelle Disch
Emily Doskow, Attorney at Law
Independent Adoption Center
Annabelle Ison, Ison Design
Kim Klausner
Keiko Lane, MA, MFT
Lesbian Equity Fund, Kathy Levinson & Naomi Fine
LGBT Alliance of Jewish Community Federation
Heba Nimr - Lawyer, Mediator, Collaborative Practitioner
Kathryn Orfirer
Cheri Pies
Cynthia Pino and Minna Tao
Ginny Pizzardi
Mark A. Porter - Ameriprise Financial
Kathleen Quenneville and Diane Allen
Dan and Helen Quinn
Wendy Rosov, Rosov Consulting
Sperm Bank of California
Sue Stevenson and Joyce M. Norcini
Johnny Symons, Persistent Visions
Sam Thal
Betty Tisel and Sarah Farley
Moya Watson & Leanne Waldal
Ann Wrixon, Independent Adoption Center


Academy of Friends





Congregation Sha’ar Zahav
Congregation Sha'ar Zahav

Castro Dads

Outfest Legacy Project

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