It has been confirmed that actress Jamie Lee Curtis has purchased the rights to How We Sleep At Night, a memoir by Sara Cunningham, who stands in for absent and/or disapproving parents at same-sex weddings.
There has been much speculation around Curtis producing a movie about Cunningham’s journey since September when she posted a photo of herself with Cunningham to Twitter, writing, “Spent the day with my doppelgänger, inspirational mama bear, leader, author and social activist, Sara Cunningham, whose program @freemomhugs offers support to LBGTQ members whose families don’t. As we say… stay tuned.”
Spent the day with my doppelgänger, inspirational mama bear, leader, author and social activist, Sara Cunningham, whose program @freemomhugs offers support to LBGTQ members whose families don’t. As we say…. stay tuned #hero #freemomhugs pic.twitter.com/7XiQJkSm6L
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) September 27, 2018
Curtis told the Washington Post, “I was moved by her journey. And I continue to be thrilled as her movement is catching on. I hope to do justice to her story and the story of so many marginalized people in the LGBTQ community.”
“I saw the impact that her movement has already had, in and around Oklahoma City. It’s exciting to watch something that was born out of such conflict develop into something of such deep compassion and expansive acceptance,” she added.
Cunningham became an internet sensation when she announced that she would act as a stand-in parent for same-sex couples whose parents refused to acknowledge their marriage.
She wrote on Facebook, “PSA. If you need a mom to attend your same-sex wedding because your biological mom won’t, call me. I’m there. I’ll be your biggest fan. I’ll even bring the bubbles.”
She explained to Buzzfeed News, “The post came from hearing from several same-sex couples — how their parents refuse to attend their wedding, or even acknowledge their relationships.”
“People need hope — I sure do — and we need to be that for each other in any way, shape, or form. Hope never disappoints,” she added.
Her son Parker talked to the Washington Post about the family’s struggle with his sexual identity:
“Not only was I living in constant fear as a gay kid in conservative Oklahoma, but we were also fighting a spiritual battle inside the walls of a non-affirming church.
“My mother and I were both struggling with what we thought was a literal ‘life or death’ situation when it came to my soul and how I’d spend eternity.”
Sara Cunningham has since become the founder of Free Mom Hugs, an American non-profit that is “all about Moms who love LGBTQ+ kids.”
Meanwhile, Jamie Lee Curtis has long been an advocate for LGBT+ rights.
She featured in a Human Rights Campaign video in 2016 following the horrific attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, and also featured in Dustin Lance Black’s play 8 alongside Brad Pitt in 2013, a stage re-enactment of the California trial that overturned the State’s same-sex marriage ban.
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