Annual Film Series - Spring 2016 Film Screening Schedule
Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series - this year's theme:
All films start at 7 pm
Tuesday Feb 2: We Came To Sweat, Textor 103
Founded by an African-American for his gay community in 1962, the Starlite Lounge became a legendary pre-Stonewall safe-haven by catering to multiple generations of every race, creed, color and sexual orientation. When the survival of this Brooklyn-based black-owned LGBTQ institution came under threat nearly fifty years later, a passionate community mobilized. For patrons, the Starlite represents a family, a legacy, a safe haven, and a living history of the LGBTQ community. The document of their movement explores the matrix of gay visibility, race and economics in America. Z
Tues March 1: Love Free or Die, Textor 101
Gene Robinson is a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. Robinson’s consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir when he became the first openly gay priest in a committed same-sex relationship to be ordained a bishop in any Christian denomination. But his consecration has brought the Episcopal Church to the brink of a schism, and has resulted in threats of violence against Robinson himself. But with his beloved husband Mark at his side, Robinson continues to calmly make the case that who you love doesn't determine whether God loves you. The film follows Robinson from small-town churches in the New Hampshire North Country to Washing-ton’s Lincoln Memorial to London’s Lambeth Palace, as he calls for all to stand for equality – inspiring bishops, priests and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history.
Tues April 5: Transgender Tuesdays, Textor 103
The real story behind the country's first public health clinic to offer Primary Care specifically for transgender folks, in 1993, is actually the story of its pioneering patients. They appeared by the hundreds in this little clinic in the Tenderloin of San Francisco at the height of the AIDS epidemic, overcoming a deep distrust of medical institutions. Their true stories, hard to tell and rarely heard, are far more compelling than afternoon talk shows or cable tv exploitation and often inspiring and full of grace. As one patient put it, they came for the hormones and stayed for the healthcare. Now, more than twenty years after this pioneering clinic opened its doors, transgender people locally and throughout the nation continue to face many challenges in getting and being able to afford the health care they need. Even at Ithaca College, coverage for medically necessary healthcare for transgender people was specifically excluded from employee health insurance plans until 2016.
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