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Fred Karger

Fred has worked in politics his entire life. In 1977 he joined the Dolphin Group, a political consulting and public affairs firm. He was a partner there until his retirement in 2004. Fred has extensive experience in federal, state and local politics, including involvement in 10 presidential campaigns.

In 2006 Fred founded Save the Boom, a grassroots campaign to save the oldest gay bar in the Western United States, the iconic Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn in Laguna Beach, CA.

This laid the groundwork for his subsequent work in 2008, starting Californians Against Hate (now Rights Equal Rights), to take on the major donors to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign, including the Mormon Church. This put him at the forefront of LGBT politics.


John Fitzgerald Keitel

John is an award-winning producer, director, cinematographer, and editor whose work has screened at festivals from Sundance to Berlin and aired on the BBC, Sundance Channel, MTV, HBO, Showtime, A&E, and BET, among others. Past projects include the Telluride Film Festival hit Prodigal Sons, which won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Thessalonkiki International Film Festival, Saving the Boom, Yours Truly, Miss Chinatown, and Forest Guards. Current projects include the marriage equality documentary Justly Married and Fred.

John has collaborated on two documentaries with Drew Barrymore, including The Best Place to Start for MTV, and is the writer-director of the award-winning feature Defying Gravity, as well as the editor of Latter Days and Kiss the Bride. His documentary, An All-American Story was an official Sundance selection and received the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival, as well as the David L. Wolper Certificate from the Independent Documentary Association. He has been a contributor to Emmy-winning Current TV and has produced, shot, and edited many behind-the-scenes specials for Hollywood films, including: Ali, As Good As It Gets, Charlie’s Angels, Big Daddy, Everest, and Stuart Little.

John is graduate of Stanford University (AB, Human Biology & Drama) and the USC School of Cinematic Arts (MA, Cinema-Television Production).


James Duke Mason

James Duke Mason is a writer and political activist. He is the son of Go-Go's lead singer Belinda Carlisle and Morgan Mason, and the grandson of the late actor James Mason. Aside from his work as a contributor to The Advocate, Frontiers Magazine and The Huffington Post, Duke has also served as a page in the U.S. Congress and on the Board of Directors of OUTFEST for two and a half years, the youngest member in the organization's history. In 2012, he was an official surrogate for Barack Obama's re-election effort.

Moved by the legacy of trailblazers like Fred Karger, Duke has filed to run for West Hollywood City Council in the March election next year.