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LGBT Film Series at Ithaca College Kicks Off with ‘Born This Way’ Documentary

ITHACA, NY—The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series at Ithaca College will open with a documentary highlighting student efforts to raise funds to help the fight against bullying due to sexual identity. “Born This Way: The Documentary” will be shown on Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Textor 101. It is free and open to the public.

The event will begin at 6:45 p.m. and include refreshments and an opportunity to meet Luca Maurer, director of the Ithaca College Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services, along with the center’s student staff and leaders of the college’s four LGBT-themed student organizations.

Ithaca College’s three renowned a cappella groups — Ithacappella, Premium Blend and IC Voicestream — joined forces in 2012 to produce a new arrangement of Lady Gaga’s hit single “Born This Way.” The film chronicles the process of the groups recording and performing the song and highlights a few of the members’ personal stories of bullying due to their sexual identity.

The track was made available for purchase on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the Born This Way Foundation, an organization devoted to fostering a more accepting society; and the Ali Forney Center, a New York City homeless shelter for LGBT youth.

The documentary was directed by television-radio major Daisy Krikun ’12 as her senior media thesis project. Also involved were classmates Christine Williams, producer; Stefan Garcia, director of photography; and Liz Garcia, sound designer.

Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen is an annual film series sponsored by the LGBT Center, and the theme of this year’s series is “Pride.” For more information, visit