Monthly Archives: January 2010

You can be a part of “8: The Mormon Proposition”

The ride begins… just over a week to the premiere of the hottest film at the Sundance Film Festival or so it appears  due to sell out ticket sales.  “8:  The Mormon Proposition” is certainly the most controversial film exploring and perhaps exposing more than many Utahns feel comfortable with.  While you may not have tickets to a screening, there is going to be massive amounts of energy and activity surrounding the film.  Come and join us!

Below is the information you need to get involved, thanks to Jacob Whipple, one of the most beautiful activists I have ever met!  He honestly is working tirelessly in behalf of so many.  Spread the word and do what you can to help.

Yes, EVERY single showing of 8TMP is currently sold out! You can petition Sundance for more screenings by emailing them at If (I mean when) they open up more screenings you’ll have to get your tickets through Sundance at Unfortunately I don’t have any power to get free tickets. In fact, Reed Cowan (the Director) only got 10 tickets total for him and the entire cast and crew of the film.

There are a number of 8TMP parties being planned…

8TMP Ground Crew Meeting @ Club Jam – Friday, Jan 22nd 8-9pm
This meeting is for all volunteers for the many marches/counter-protests that we’ll be doing. Oscar Award winner and Big Love writer Dustin Lance Black will be there! He’ll show you the signs and posters and marketing materials that we’ll be using and going over the ground rules for conduct and what’s to be expected.
Feel free to stay afterward for a show by gay comedian Eddie Sarfaty (cover charge of $10).
Jam is located at 751 North 300 West in Salt Lake City.

QLounge Sundance Opening Party @ Bliss – Saturday, Jan 23rd 9pm-2am
Join Babylon and the QLounge as we throw the baddest Sundance Opening Party you’ve ever seen!
Club Bliss is located at 404 South West Temple in Salt Lake City.

QLounge Official 8TMP Party @ Bliss – Sunday, Jan 24th 7pm-2am
Join the QLounge as we welcome the filmmakers of “8: The Mormon Proposition.” This is the day the film premiers at Sundance, so the filmmakers and cast will be in town and ready to kick back and mingle.
Club Bliss is located at 404 South West Temple in Salt Lake City.

Cocktails with cineGLAAD Reception @ 625 Main Street – Monday, Jan 25th 4pm-7pm
This intimate cocktail reception presented by Abreva and Bud Light supports LGBT filimmakers and allies by providing fresh networking opportunities with industry professionals and the chance to learn best practices for sharing their important stories with the world! Attendees will receive a one-year membership to GLAAD, three hours of hosted cocktails courtesy of ABSOLUT and Bud Light, opportunities to meet writers, directors and producesrs from all over the country, and multiple chances to win one of our sponsored door prizes!
RSVP today as space is limited and the guest list will be strictly enforced!
GLAAD will also be hosting panel discussions and events throughout Sundance. Watch for more information to come!
cineGLAAD is located at 625 Main Street in Park City.

Official HRC 8TMP Party @ Ciceros in Park City – Monday, Jan 25th 7pm-11pm
Joe Solemnese and HRC National are hosting a star-studded event in Park City to celebrate the documentary’s success at Sundance! This will be 8TMPs most exclusive and most celebrity attended party! Watch for more details from HRC on how to get tickets.

8TMP Tower Screening After Party @ JAM – Wednesday, Jan 27th 8pm-2am
8TMP is screening on Wed the 27th at the Tower Theater in SLC, so stop by Jam (even if you didn’t get to see it) for the after party!
Jam is located at 751 North 300 West in Salt Lake City.

We’re still looking for volunteers for the marches/counter-protests that we’ll be hosting through 8TMPs screenings at Sundance. World-wide media including CNN will be on hand to cover our marches, and protesters of the film, including the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, will be there condemning us all.
You can still volunteer to show up and help make 8TMP a success! This will also give you the chance to meet Dustin Lance Black at our Ground Crew Meeting on the 22nd! We’re also working on coffee sponsorships to keep you warm and swag bags for you to make it worth your while!
For more information email or find Jacob Whipple, Eric Ethington or Misty Fowler on Facebook!

Thursday, January 21st
March #1
5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Eccles Theater (1750 Kearns Blvd in Park City)
March #2
7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Egyptian Theater (328 Main Street in Park City)
March #3
9:00pm to 10:00pm at the Eccles Theater (1750 Kearns Blvd in Park City)
March #4
10:30pm to 12 midnight at the Sundance Opening Night Party (1310 Lowell Ave in Park City)

Friday, January 22nd
March #5
6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Rose Wagner Theater (138 W Broadway in SLC)
March #6
9:00pm to 12 midnight at the Rose Wagner Theater (138 W Broadway in SLC)

Sunday, January 24th
*March #6 (This is the night and location of 8TMP’s world premier! LOTS of press!)
1:30pm to 4:30pm at the Racquet Club Theater (1200 Little Kate Rd in Park City)

Monday, January 25th
March #7
4:45pm to 5:45pm at the Library Center Theater (1225 Park Avenue in Park City)

Tuesday, January 26th
*March #8 (this is when the press and sudio executives will be watching the screening!)
2:00pm to 5:45pm at the Holiday Village III (1776 Park Avenue in Park City)

Wednesday, January 27th
March #9
5:10pm to 8:30pm at the Tower Theater (876 East 900 South in Salt Lake City)

Friday, January 29th
March #10
11:30am to 2:40pm at the TEMPLE Theater (3700 N Brookside Ct in Park City)

Saturday, January 30th
8:30pm to 9:05pm Sundance Screening Room (8841 Alpine Loop Rd in Sundance)

If you can commit to showing up to a march please respond with the following info:

Carpool: Yes or No
Need a Ride: Yes or No
March(es) you can commit to: (Place the number(s) here)

Jacob Whipple | Organizer ________________________
All For One Initiative
p. 801.918.6906
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Let it Go

It has been awhile since I posted and I wanted to give updates and share some thoughts.  L&S

Due to my health issues we are downsizing so as to focus on the treatments I need.  This has been a wonderful healing journey in and of itself.  To let go of all the STUFF, the things that we have lugged around for years and piled higher in the garage.  It’s amazing when you prepare to move to a small town-home without a garage, you realize how much junk you have saved on the outside chance you may need it.  It brings security right?  I might NEED it someday.

When something like this hits, you realize very quickly, there are very few THINGS you need.  And security comes from within far more than from what is piled in a garage or shoved in a closet.  So the mere act of sorting through the last 10 years of your life, deciding what is absolutely essential and what is just dragging you down, keeping you stuck perhaps,  is as liberating as burning your bra must have felt like in the 70’s!  It is exciting, almost daring and makes me feel young again.

The act of “letting go”, surrendering… not in a ‘throw in the towel’ sort of way, but just getting to a place of acceptance, non-resistance, feels truly exhilarating.  I dare you to try it.  Don’t wait for a brain tumor to shake you or wake you up.  Just dive in and let go!

I don’t think it is any coincidence that this is happening just a week before the Sundance Film Festival which premieres “8:  The Mormon Proposition”, a film which features our family and will most likely have a profound affect on our lives.  I remember the symbol of the Rebel card…

The Rebel CardThe Rebel ~ “The powerful and authoritative figure in this card is clearly the master of his own destiny.On his shoulder is an emblem of the sun, and the torch he holds in his right hand symbolizes the light of his own hard-won truth.  Whether he is wealthy or poor, the Rebel is an emperor because he has broken the chains of society’s repressive conditioning and opinions. He has formed himself by embracing all the colors of the rainbow emerging from the dark and formless roots of his unconscious past and growing wings to fly into the sky.  His very way of being is rebellious – not because he is fighting against anybody or anything, but because he has discovered his own true nature and is determined to live in accordance with it.  The Rebel challenges us to be courageous to take responsibility for who we are and to live our truth”

So I LET GO …. of the fear, of resistance, of anger at an institution that broke our hearts, of expectations, of disappointments.  And I STAND UP for equality, goodness, love, charity, my children and yours.  I am ready, excited and willing to live my truth, to do my part in this civil rights movement of my day!  I might even start by burning my bra!!