Virtual Screening Room: Out in Public

Friday, Aug 7, 2020 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Sign reading "come out be free and gay like me"

UCLA Film & Television Archive Virtual Screening Room

This summer, the natural impulse to be outside, in the sun, in public and sharing that space with others has become embroiled in multiple layers of meaning inflected by the public health crisis of COVID-19 and the public assemblies in support of Black Lives Matter and social justice. Going outside now is political. The dynamic is not unfamiliar to the LGBTQ community for which public visibility, being out in the world, has been central to its own fight for recognition and equality for decades. This program of shorts from the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project highlights different historical moments and ways of being out and queer in public, from a “Gay-In” at Griffith Park to a Memorial Day barbecue at a campsite in southern Illinois. Each shines with the energy of summer revelry while conveying the importance of claiming a public space for LGBTQ identity as the literal and metaphoric grounds on which to build a community and a movement.

Out in Public will begin with a live introduction from UCLA Film & Television Archive Programmer Paul Malcolm and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Manager Brendan Lucas. It will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with filmmaker Anne Chamberlain and other special guests.

Please note: this program contains images of nudity.

Free admission

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