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Jamie Lee Curtis to turn story about stand-in mom at same-sex weddings into film

Jamie Lee Curtis to turn story about stand-in mom at same-sex weddings into film

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis confirmed she bought the rights to the story of a mom who stands in at same-sex weddings for parents who refuse to go to their child’s nuptials.

Speculation brewed in September last year when Curtis posted a photo of her and stand-in mom Sara Cunningham on Twitter.

Curtis wrote in the tweet: ‘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.’

It’s now clear she was referring to buying the rights to Cunningham’s 2014 memoir How We Sleep At Night.

‘I was moved by her journey,’ Curtis told the Washington Post. ‘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.’

She then added: ‘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 said.

Cunningham revealed: ‘I never dreamed that something I posted out of frustration would take off like this. But I’m glad that it did.’

Mom: ‘Hope never disappoints’

It all started in September when Cunningham made a Facebook status.

She posted a photo of herself with the caption: ‘PSA. If you need a mom to attend your same sex wedding because your biological mom won’t. Call me,’ she wrote. ‘I’m there. I’ll be your biggest fan. I’ll even bring the bubbles.’

Sara Cunningham's FB post
Cunningham’s post | Photo: Facebook/Sara Cunningham

The post came from hearing from several same-sex couples — how their parents refuse to attend their wedding, or even acknowledge their relationships,’ she explained at the time.

‘It’s inspiring not only other mothers, but women offering sisterhood and friendship, across the country to make the same offer.

People need hope — I sure do — and we need to be that for each other in any way, shape, or form,’ she said in response to the thousands of comments and likes she’s received.

‘Hope never disappoints,’ she said.

She is also a member of the group Free Mom Hugs, a non-profit in Oklahoma for mothers of LGBTQ kids.

The group attended Austin Pride last year and offered free mom hugs to anyone who wanted them.

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