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Film Series at Ithaca College to Focus on 'LGBT People and Sport'

ITHACA, NY —The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series at Ithaca College has scheduled a yearlong slate of films focusing on the topic of “LGBT People and Sport.” Sponsored by the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services, all of the screenings will begin at 7 p.m. in Textor 103 and are free and open to the public.

The schedule for the Fall of 2011 is as follows:

Wednesday, August 31
“Out for the Long Run”
Several openly gay and lesbian high school athletes are followed through their senior year in high school and beyond. This documentary shows how the classmates navigate the uncertain waters of high school life while still holding true to their passion for sports and remaining true to who they are as individuals.

Wednesday, October 5
“Training Rules”
Rene Portland had three training rules during her 26 years of coaching women’s basketball at Pennsylvania State University: no drinking, no drugs and no lesbians. This documentary examines how women’s collegiate sports, caught in a web of homophobic practices, can collude in the destruction of the lives and dreams of many of its most talented athletes.

Wednesday, November 2
“Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story”
A look back at a dark moment in American sports history, when Emile Griffith pummeled Benny “Kid” Paret into a fatal coma during a world welterweight title boxing match. This documentary considers what role Paret’s taunting of Griffith with an anti-gay epithet might have played in the fight, and gives Griffith’s account of the night three decades later when he was viciously beaten after leaving a gay bar.

Thursday, December 1
“Rock the Boat”
Screening in observance of World AIDS Day
A crew of HIV-positive sailors enters the Trans-Pacific Yacht Race from California to Hawaii, one of the most hazardous boat races in the world. This documentary reveals how the disease affected their lives and loved ones, and how their determination fueled their drive to finish the race despite the growing strife on board and the unyielding, ferocious weather.

Support for the Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series is provided by the Jack Dembow Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit