The Loving Quilt
The Marriage Equality Movement Family Story Quilt was a project created by then MEUSA Parents Community Liaison Maya Scott-Chung in 2006. The quilt was originally created as part of Scott-Chung's Masters in Public Health/ Community Health Education Thesis at San Francisco State University and was comprised of written stories and photographs of Marriage Equality USA members and their families, sewn together by MEUSA volunteers. The Quilt first premiered at San Francisco City Hall on National Freedom to Marry Day in February 2007, honoring the historic 2004 Winter of Love and the 40th anniversary of the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court Loving v. Virginia decision.
Over the years the Quilt developed into an ongoing exhibit called THE LOVING QUILT 2010: A People's Living History and Herstory - of Marriage Equality & Family Justice Movements. The exhibit was a project of Marriage Equality USA in collaboration with numerous creative individuals and community, state and national organizations. Scott-Chung served as the Creative Director and Curator of THE LOVING QUILT 2010, which toured extensively and was displayed at events around the country.
The Quilt continued to evolve and eventually included a LOVING QUILT On-Site SOLIDARITY QUILT creation, "DO I LOOK ILLEGAL?" A Loving Quilt panel and digital quilt was developed in solidarity with people everywhere who experience racial profiling, racist and anti-immigrant harassment and criminalization that keeps us from having our families protected, respected, reflected and connected. Scott-Chung combined work she was doing with StoryCorps and some of that work was incorporated into The Loving Quilt 2010.
Marriage Equality USA is working to digitalize the Loving Quilt so that individual panels may be viewed on our website.
For further information please contact Maya Scott-Chung at (510) 381-0876.