California State University, Northridge

PRESS RELEASE

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April 15, 1997

Contact: Christina Marin or,
John Kroll,
(818) 677-2130
jkroll@exec.csun.edu

Filmmaker Explores Marriage, Sexuality and Gender in Contemporary America

If you think you have a concrete definition for the terms "man" and "woman," or even "male" and "female," maybe you should check out the screening of "Shotgun" in the Satellite Student Union at Cal State Northridge on Monday, April 21.

Co-sponsored by CSUN's Institute for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Studies, the event will feature JordyJones' film documentary about the wedding of Anne and Suegee, two people who consider themselves women, but who the state of California now considers to be husband and wife.

After many years in a committed lesbian relationship, the couple's desire to have a child raised issues that other couples take for granted. Concerned about her parental rights if anything should happen to Anne, Suegee (who was born anatomically intersexed) legally changed her sex to male on her driver's license even though she was raised as female. The simple act of changing "F" to "M" on a DMV form enabled the couple to legally marry in California, thereby securing Suegee's rights as a "father."

"Shotgun" includes an overview by historian, writer, scholar and activist Susan Stryker, who examines the marriage within the historical, social and political contexts of contemporary America.

Jordy Jones is a videographer, multimedia artist and curator based in San Francisco whose work investigates issues of the human body and its relationship to economics, technology, culture, censorship and the law. His next project is a web piece titled Brandon, which will be shown at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

The event is open to the public and admission is free. Screening time is 7 p.m.

For further information, please contact Jacob Hale at (818) 677-2757, or jacob.hale@ csun.edu.