Premiere of film about “Gay Olympics” case

by on June 18, 2009  •  In Supreme Court

A new film is opening about the Supreme Court case that upheld the right of the U.S. Olympics Committee to stop use of the phrase "gay Olympics." Claiming the Title, which uses the Torch_bearer_title case as a window into examining the lgbt rights movement in the late 1980s, has its world premiere this Sunday the 21st at 3:30 pm at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. The story revolves around the litigation of San Francisco Arts & Athletics Ass'n v. U.S. Olmpics Committee, 483 U.S. 522 (1987).

I've seen it (confession: I'm in it), and I think that the two filmmakers – Jonathan Joiner and Robert Martin – have done a terrific job. In many ways, the film is an homage to Mary Dunlap, the brilliant out-spoken lawyer who was lead counsel for the plaintiffs.

If you're not in the Bay Area, you can see the trailer and watch for the film to show up at a festival near you.

The showing is actually a double-header. Claiming the Title will be followed by a screening of Training Rules, a new film by Dee Mosbacher and Fawn Yacker, about the struggles faced by lesbian athletes.

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon – I wish I could be there.


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