‘Out of the Closet’ Series to Screen Films

By Dave Maley, September 26, 2018
Sponsored by the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services.

The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series at Ithaca College will have film showings on Oct. 2 and 3, both of which are free and open to the public.

In collaboration with the Handwerker Gallery, the series will present selected shorts from the “America in Transition” documentary and social impact campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The 6 p.m. showing will take place in the gallery.

The documentary amplifies the experiences of transgender people of color across the United States — on themes of immigration, healing from trauma, sexual violence, HIV criminalization, faith and military service. A member of the “America in Transition” production team will Skype in for an audience Q& A following the showing.

In observance of Latinx Heritage Month, the series will screen the documentary “El Canto del Colibri” on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Exploring the relationships between Latino immigrant fathers and their LGBTQ family members, the film will be shown at 6 p.m. in Textor 103.

Much like the seldom-heard song of the hummingbird, after which the film is named, the voices of Latino fathers are rarely heard in addressing LGBTQ issues. Through raw, heartfelt testimonies, “El Canto del Colibri” delves deeply into issues of immigration, prejudice and isolation, while thoughtfully asking questions of these men’s communities, culture and even their religious beliefs.

The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series is sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services. For more information, visit www.ithaca.edu/lgbt.