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Political Animals

A Film by Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares

53 + 86 minutes

Grades 9 - Adult

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned
Item #:POL-1118

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Book a screening of Political Animals on your campus or your community to:
  • Illustrate the history of winning basic LGBTQ rights
  • Galvanize support for defending and expanding those rights
  • Encourage a new generation to run for local and national office
  • Inspire more people to get politically active in a variety of ways


Political Animal Carole Migden, former California State Senator and star in the film, is available for speaking engagements at screenings. Speaker fee and travel expenses required. If interested, please note in comment field on order form.
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About the Film

Political Animals chronicles the ground-breaking LGBT civil rights victories of the first four openly gay elected California state legislators — all women — who took the fight for equality from the streets and into the halls of government.

Documenting the tough struggles they endured, the film highlights their pioneering success and hard-fought political victories that helped pave the way for marriage equality.

Sheila Kuehl, a former child TV star who later became a Harvard-trained lawyer, made history in 1994 as the first openly gay person elected to the California state legislature. Jackie Goldberg was a leader in the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley before she became a teacher and the first openly lesbian member of the L.A. City Council. Carole Migden was a feminist activist who worked with Harvey Milk, and after his assassination was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Raised Irish-Catholic, Christine Kehoe was the first openly gay member of the San Diego City Council.

As the films shows, these articulate and determined women were true political animals, working tirelessly over many years to overcome hate and entrenched opposition to pass historic legislation for LGBT equality. Bills they authored and fought for included the first domestic partnership registry enacted by a state legislature, the first anti-bullying bill protecting gay students, and others.

The film concludes with the LGBTQ battles still to be won in many states.

More than just a film profiling women who fought for pioneering LGBT legislation, POLITICAL ANIMALS highlights the critical importance of taking any social cause campaign into local and national legislatures to fight for and enact laws that insure real, lasting change.
Political Animals
Political Animals

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