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WATCH: Exclusive Clip From Freeheld Will Move You Deeply

WATCH: Exclusive Clip From Freeheld Will Move You Deeply

WATCH: Exclusive Clip From Freeheld Will Move You Deeply

The story of a dying woman's fight to provide for her partner emphasizes that it's all about equality.

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"I'm only asking for equality," says Julianne Moore as Det. Laurel Hester in Freeheld, addressing the governing body of Ocean County, N.J., in a moving clip from the movie that its makers have just shared exclusively with The Advocate.

The film documents a piece of LGBT history -- in the years before marriage equality, Hester, who had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, had to fight local politicians to be able to bequeath her pension benefits to her partner, Staci Andree. Ellen Page plays Andree in the movie.

Freeheld opened in limited release last weekend, will be in most major cities tomorrow, and goes into wider release next week. Watch the clip below.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.