In Channel 5's repeat telecast of the 2008 Academy Awards on the evening of Monday, 25 Feb 2008, Cynthia Wade, winner of the Oscar for Best Short Documentary for her film "Freeheld", had the following words censored by MediaCorp from the beginning of her thank you speech: "Thank you, it was Lieutenant Laurel Hester’s dying wish that her fight against discrimination would make a difference for all the same-sex couples across the country that faces discrimination everyday, discrimination that I don’t face as a married woman. I want to thank Shirlene Evans and HBO for making this film and having it broadcast on Cinemax later this year." Freeheld follows the true story of Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester who spent 25 years protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line for them in New Jersey. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The film chronicles her fight to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree, something that would happen automatically in the case of heterosexual couples, but which led to enormous resistance in her case. Freeheld combines tension-filled political drama with personal detail, creating a nuanced study of a grassroots fight for justice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ABofCPt8tE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-qtn6TTJY4 Links: https://plusg.wordpress.com/2008/02/29/mediacorp-censors-pro-gay-speech-again/
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