Produced & Directed
“Living in the Shadows of Exclusion” follows the lives of four longtime Asian American gay and lesbian families as they speak out on marriage and Marriage Equality in the face of California’s virulent Proposition 8 campaign. Narrating stories and experiences that personalize these issues for general audiences, they speak of life and love and the challenges they face under Prop 8, the U.S. federal Defense of Marriage Act, and U.S. immigration laws that continue to devastate LGBTQ bi-national families.
Families include Prop 8 litigants, Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis, whereby Gaffney’s parents were one of the earliest Chinese Caucasian interracial couples to marry in California soon after the landmark 1948 Perez v. Sharp ruling, overturning California’s anti-miscegenation laws; and Filipina/o bi-national couple, Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado, whereby Tan is facing the threat of deportation which will break up their family of 27 years and separate her from her partner and their twin teenage sons. Other families include Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women Transgender Coalition (APIQWTC) co-founder Crystal Jang and Sydney Yeong, and longtime Japantown residents and restauranteur Kenneth Kaji and Ryoji Imaizumi, as they recount the challenges faced by LGBTQ families with children, and senior LGBTQ couples.