Geoff King, co-producer of the photography book “Such a Bittersweet Day: The Marriage Equality Movement in the Wake of Prop 8,” is donating 100 percent of the regular edition’s proceeds to organizations fighting for civil rights.
Who is getting the proceeds?
One of the beneficiaries is the Transgender Law Center. They do frontline legal work. The other one is Health Legal Services.
The idea was to reach out and find people who may not have been that well the presented in the “No on 8” campaign. In the LGBT community, I consistently hear that sometimes they feel like they’re not equal members or it’s not a coherent thing. We wanted to find the people who you didn’t really hear from.
When did you start working on the book?
I started on Nov. 5, 2008, the day after the election. I was at a candlelight vigil in front of City Hall in San Francisco. It covers a period of time between that date and Nov. 27, 2009.
What has motivated you to help protect civil liberties?
I think one would be my experience growing up. My parents are from Illinois and Texas and they moved to San Francisco and lived through the Harvey Milk era. My mom was at Berkeley in the ’60s. I wasn’t really an activist. Then 9/11 sort of shook me up pretty profoundly.
How do you hope people will react to the book?
Hopefully people see it as honest, feel something from it, maybe talk about it and use it as a tool for discussion.