Friday, 4 May 2018

"I've never asked for special treatment. I'm only asking for equality." Freeheld (2015)

Freeheld is a 2015 American drama film directed by Peter Sollett and written by Ron Nyswaner. It is based on the 2007 documentary short film of the same name about police officer Laurel Hester's fight against the Ocean County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders to allow her pension benefits to be transferred to her domestic partner after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Dane Wells [to his police team] Who's coming to the meeting? [no one responds] Oh, don't put yourselves out. Laurel would back any of you up in a heartbeat. And she's dying! But hey, you know, she's a dyke, so who gives a shit? Cowards!

[about Laurel's appeal being turned down] Steven Goldstein: This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. Their next meeting we show up with 100 protesters.
Dane Wells: Radicals and strangers from New York aren't going to convince these guys.
Steven Goldstein: I am not a radical. I am a middle-class, Jewish homosexual from New Jersey. How about you, sweetheart?
Dane Wells: I'm a straight, white, ex-Protestant, atheist cop. You okay with that, sweetheart?

Laurel Hester: When my heterosexual partners die... their pension goes to their spouses. But because my partner is a woman, I don't get to do that. In my twenty three years of being a police officer, I've never asked for special treatment. I'm only asking for equality.

Stacie Andree: I hate speaking in public. I really hate it. And I never really cared about this whole pension thing. I never understood why it was so important to Laurel. But now I think I get it. We're just average people. We have a house, and a dog, and we pay our taxes. And we're not perfect. We have our differences and our disagreements. I love motorcycles and she hates them. Our house, it isn't fancy. But it was a labor of love. You know, working on it and renovating it. And Laurel put a lot of thought into every detail. The light fixtures and the tile. And, um... we worked so hard on it 'cause we thought we were gonna live in it forever. But I guess that's not gonna happen.
So the house, I'd just really like to hold onto it, you know? To remember... to remember how much we love each other.

Подготовила Е. Кузьмина
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