We have a new FS!

We feel very fortunate to have a new fiscal sponsor, The Chimaera Project. A little about them…


Check out our EPK!

We put together a new electronic press kit. Lot’s of good information in it. Some great photos from Carolyn Weather’s tremendous collection.  Check it out! (more…)

The HomoFiles Presents…

I wanted to share some news with you all. We’ve changed the name of our doc project to The HomoFiles Presents…


Cheers, Everybody!

Marie Cartier and Carolyn Weathers both presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Conference this year held in San Antonio, Texas.


HF Newsletter – November 2016

Greetings Everyone!

I wanted to share some news with you all. We are changing the name of the documentary from The HomoFiles to The HomoFiles presents, Baby, You Are My Religion. While the documentary evolved from the public access TV show of the same name, it was always based on Marie’s book. I also felt the title was too broad for the subject of this documentary. After discussing with Marie, we agreed to revise the title.

WeHo Lesbian Panel Series

I want first thank everyone for coming to the WeHo Lesbian Panel Series – September 19, 2016. It was great to see you all and make some new acquaintances as well. Also, a very special thank you to the City of West Hollywood and The Mazer Lesbian Archives for sponsoring this event.

And finally, thank you to our panelists, Marna Deitch, Tanyna Gilbert, and Nancy Valverde for coming out and sharing your stories with us. I always learn something new.

WeHo Lesbian Panel Series: Baby, You Are My Religion

Photo cred: John Erickson

Here are some excerpts from the event.

Video: Marie’s Article on Gay Bars and Orlando |

Video: Marie Reads Myrna’s Story |

Upcoming Events

By the time you read this, Marie will have presented at both Triangle Square, Cal State LA, and The Oral History Association Conference. However, in November she will be presenting at the American Academy of Religion in Texas with Carolyn Weathers. There will also be a bus tour of gay bars based on Carolyn Weather’s stories and archives. Stay tuned!

Not Quite There Yet… Crowd Funding Campaign

A lot of folks have asked if we have a Kickstarter campaign, and the answer has always been “not yet.” But now the answer is, we’re almost ready. We are currently prepping for a launch and we need your help expanding our reach by doing the following:

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  •        Like our Facebook page.
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  •        Share our posts

On Twitter @the_homofiles

  •        Follow us on Twitter (we’ll follow you back!)
  •        ReTweet us

But most important is when our campaign goes live, please share it on all your feeds. And ask you friends to do the same. We can’t do this without you.

So thanks again everyone! Keep an eye out for more news in the coming months. Please share this newsletter with others in your circle.

To close in the words of my friend Carolyn (also one of our featured people)…

Cheers Everybody!

Kimberly and Marie

Kimberly Esslinger
Project Director
(562) 546-2852

Ginny’s Story

Marie Cartier tells a little of Ginny’s story, one of the original informants from Marie’s dissertation.

The HomoFiles Project is Awarded Cal Humanities Community Stories Grant

Great news! We were awarded the Cal Humanities Community Stories grant to help us make The HomoFiles as a documentary. Very grateful to our fiscal sponsor, POWER UP Films, and to The Center at Long Beach for their in-kind contributions. We are excited to begin work on this project and look forward to posting more about the process as we move along. Thanks again to Cal Humanities, POWER UP, and The Center of Long Beach.

The HomoFiles wins Favorite Local Live Series!

The HomoFiles: Real Live Lesbian Pulp with Dr. Marie Cartier won West Hollywood Public Acces Users Choice Award 2010 for “Favorite Local Live Series”. The show is produced by Kimberly Esslinger , Sue Sexton, and Dr. Marie Cartier and features primary interviews with pre-Stonewall gay women. Thank you West Hollywood!

Cartier and Esslinger winning Audience Favorite

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