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Ithaca College to Screen First Feature-Length Documentary on Lesbian and Gay Identity

ITHACA, NY — The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series at Ithaca College will show “Word is Out” — the first feature-length documentary about lesbian and gay identity — on Wednesday, March 9. The 7 p.m. screening in Textor 102 is free and open to the public.

Featuring interviews with 26 gay and lesbian people who describe their experiences coming out, falling in and out of love and struggling against prejudice and discriminatory laws, “Word is Out” startled audiences across the country when it appeared in theaters and on television in 1978. The interviewees range in age from 18 to 77, from bee-hived housewife to sultry drag queen. More than 30 years later, it serves as a record of the gay and lesbian experience in America near the start of the gay rights movement.

The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series is sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services. The theme for this year’s series is “History and Heroes of the LGBT Movement.”

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