It takes Kira a long time to learn how to take pictures without allowing her fiery fox’s aura showing up. Once she does, she takes approximately a million to make up for lost time. Then, she tries to teach Malia how to limit her lens flare in order to add more photos of her lovely girlfriend.
“Look a little to the right. No, Malia, my right.”
“Kira, this is dumb.”
“It’s for Instagram!”
“What the hell is an Instagram?”
The lessons usually dissolve into a make-out sessions, but after a few months, they have a breakthrough.
Malia doesn’t quite understand the point of Instagram (or Facebook or Snapchat). But she makes sure to post every now and then to appease Kira. At first, they’re all shots of forest critters with captions of how much Malia wants to eat them. But soon, Malia realizes it’s much more fun to see her girlfriend’s face on her phone screen and starts to mix it up. She even gives Kira her phone so Kira can follow back the other pack members. Whatever that means.
For Malia, the most important part of all of this useless Instagram crap is getting to see Kira’s megawatt smile. And the accompanying kiss, of course.
In tandem with the premiere of Limited Partnership (premiering on Independent Lens Monday, June 15), as well as with the imminent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Independent Lens presents a collection of photos and essays by photographer B. Proud from her book First Comes Love.
Chris & ABilly: 36 years
Chris and ABilly agree that their shared experience of having been married to women has helped strengthen their relationship.
“We both very much loved our wives,” Chris adds, “and we continue to love them as people, and I think that was one of the things that attracted us to one another, that we had had that experience, and that we wanted to maintain a relationship, not a married relationship but a good relationship with our exes. And we both wanted children.”
Del & Harriet: 45 years
Del and Harriet met on a hockey field in 1969. They were both physical education teachers and coaches, but it was a different era and being openly gay in the school systems was definitely not the norm.
“It was 1969. Nobody was out,” Del remembers. “You went to clubs in New York to dance but you were always afraid of being raided. You kept everything secret and circulated discretely.”
John & Stuart: 27 years
John, an attorney, and Stuart, a policy analyst with UC San Francisco’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, are politically driven comrades. They met at a small political house party, during the race for Congress between Harry Britt, Harvey Milk’s successor on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and a then relatively unknown newcomer, Nancy Pelosi.
Tony & Richard: 40 years
The story of Filipino American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan’s incredible journey together is told in Limited Partnership. They met in Los Angeles in 1971 at a bar called The Closet, and quickly fell in love. In April 1975, thanks to a courageous county clerk in Boulder, CO, became one of the first same-sex couples in the world to be legally married.
Limited Partnership, the final film of this Independent Lens season, will air on PBS this Monday June 15th.
WATCH: excerpt from upcoming Independent Lens documentary, Limited Partnership.
Filipino American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan talk about how they first met and fell in love in the early 1970s in Los Angeles, and how immigration laws at the time gave them no rights as a gay couple. They were men without a country.
In 1975, Richard and Tony became one of the world’s first same-sex couples to legally marry. The pioneering couple’s fight for justice raged on for 40 years, paving the way for the eventual defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act.