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Story of Rosemary Metrailer to be shown at Nevada County gathering

Rosemary Metrailer

The film “Legends of Courage: The Story of Rosemary Metrailer” will be screened at the dinner meeting of Business & Professional Women of Nevada County on April 17 at the Gold Country Conference Center, 1012 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, according to a release.

Metrailer, a long-time Nevada County resident, won national fame in 1984 when she successfully sued the Rev. Jerry Falwell in a case involving homophobic statements he made against the gay and lesbian community. After winning the case, Metrailer used the money awarded to help found what is now the Sacramento LGBTQ Community Center.

Another win was a class-action “Rosie the Riveter” lawsuit on behalf of female civilian mechanics at McClellan Air Force Base who were systematically denied promotions, affecting their retirement pay. Metrailer won that case and the women received back pay and retirement benefits.

Throughout the 80s and 90s, Metrailer was a partner in an all-female Sacramento law firm that fought for women’s and gay rights and against job discrimination and sexual harassment. “The Story of Rosemary Metrailer” is part of the “Legends of Courage” project, an oral history and documentary film series of women and men who fought for LGBTQ equality.

Business & Professional Women of Nevada County meetings are the third Wednesday of every month. Social/networking begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m. and it costs $22.50. Pre-paid reservations are required for members and guests no later than April 14. For more information go to

Source: Business & Professional Women of Nevada County

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