A Huge Thank You

Posted on May 2, 2013 by Jenni
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Hi friends, We have been incredibly humbled by your huge heart and generous spirit. We are so proud to be ending our Kickstarter campaign with over $36,000 raised from 373 different individuals. Thank you for caring about the cause of global equality and for making a difference at such a pivotal time in the history of lesbian, gay and transgendered rights. With this money, we have enough to take us through the post-production process and get this film made. This is a huge achievement, and we cannot be more proud of how far this project has come since we first came up with the idea to “find the Supergays” over 2 years ago. We will continue to apply for grants and look for other sources to fund the distribution and community organizing expenses of Out & Around, as our hope is to truly make a wide and actionable impact with… read more

Trailer Release: Help Bring our Supergay Journey to the Big Screen

Posted on February 21, 2013 by Jenni
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Our journey did not end with the last plane ride home from Lima to San Francisco. For the past eight months, Lisa and I have been working to finish the project we started when we decided to leave our 9-5 jobs, pick up a video camera, and travel through Asia, Africa and South America in search of the people who are leading the movement for gay, lesbian and transgender equality. After bringing our project to many different filmmakers, we decided to partner with producer and director Lauren Fash and Susan Graham. Once you watch their award-winning film Quiet and hear their passion about human rights, you’d understand why we felt they were the right people to take our ‘baby’ and bring it to life. Today, we are releasing the trailer of our film and kicking off a $30,000 fundraising campaign to pay for post-production costs. Could you give me a… read more

Why My Domestic Partnership Just Isn’t Enough

Posted on September 4, 2012 by Lisa
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I’ve been calling Jenni my partner now for a year and a half. Somewhere around the time I decided to quit my job and leave it all behind to travel with her, I shifted the label from “girlfriend” to “partner.” After all once we stepped foot out of San Francisco, we would truly become each other’s only sense of ‘home.’ Now that we’re engaged, living together for the first time and spending our weekends at IKEA, we feel married. I figure that if we can survive 365 days of traveling together, it’s a good test of our long-term commitment. We’ve merged our financial accounts and our social schedules. And most importantly, we’ve booked a wedding date for next June. While we’re not having our public ceremony for another 10 months, we’ve felt somewhat vulnerable without legal protections so we decided to complete our domestic partnership paperwork. Expecting a complicated process,… read more

Video: Chile, A Step Closer to Home

Posted on August 23, 2012 by Lisa
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As a recent college grad back in 2001, signing up for a two and a half year commitment to volunteer in South America seemed like a such a huge change. Now my stint in Chile feels like it occurred a lifetime ago, and only when someone inquires why I speak Spanish or listen to Latin music do I casually mention, “Oh yeah, I used to live in Chile.” Looking back twelve years later, I attribute this period of my life to sparking my career in social work. Yet it was also a difficult time as I struggled with my identity as a lesbian. Out of fear of losing my job, I chose to stay in the closet in Chile and pretend that I was straight in order to assimilate into their society. At the end of my volunteer period, I happily returned home to San Francisco where I could be… read more

Top Ten Sources of Culture Shock Coming Back to the States

Posted on August 7, 2012 by Lisa
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We’ve been home now for nearly two months now. It’s been enough time to get back into the swing of things here, but we are still recognizing how different our lives are now that we’re back in San Francisco with a home to take care of, a job to commute to, social obligations to attend to, and a to-do list that never seems to get done. Frankly, it’s been a rough adjustment. Here are the top ten differences that we noticed between life on the road and life at home: 10) Speed it up! The pace of life seems like it’s on double-time compared to how we lived traveling through the developing world. We used to plan just one activity a day. Life in the States is structured by hourly activities, meetings, and events. We’re constantly feeling behind and exhausted. What happened to the four hours a day that we used… read more

Chilean Supergay Rolando Jimenez Leads Chile through Progressive Change

Posted on July 25, 2012 by Lisa
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When I lived in Chile back in 2001 as a volunteer social worker, I didn’t know of a single openly out LGBT person. Certainly no one was talking about gay rights in the country, and I wondered whether I’d be able to find any Supergays here at all. But returning to Chile this spring, my host family pointed me to Rolando Jimenez, a passionate activist with an amazing survival story. Under his organization, Movimiento Chileno de Minorias Sexuales (MOVIL), Rolando’s Supergay powers have pushed the LGBT movement in his country. As a former victim of human rights violations during Chile’s dictatorship, Rolando has a strong survivor’s attitude and knows how to advocate for his rights. His organization, consisting completely of volunteer workers,  fights for policy change against one of Latin America’s most conservative governments. We met Rolando in his office in Santiago where we asked him about Chile’s recent progressive moves to… read more