WASHINGTON, DC SCREENING OF “FROM SELMA TO STONEWALL” 5/13—FREE ADMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC SCREENING OF “FROM SELMA TO STONEWALL” 5/13—FREE ADMISSION

posted on May 06


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CONTACT:
CATHY RENNA, CATHY@TARGETCUE.COM, 917-757-7123
RACHEL SALANG, FROMSELMATOSTONEWALL@GMAIL.COM, 619-917-5476
 

WASHINGTON, DC SCREENING OF “FROM SELMA TO STONEWALL” 5/13—FREE ADMISSION

FILM ADDRESSES LGBTQ CIVIL RIGHT AND INTERSECTIONALITY OF MOVEMENTS, PANEL TO FOLLOW

WITH SHEILA ALEXANDER-REID, BISHOP GENE ROBINSON, FILMMAKERS, SMYAL’S REBECCA YOUNG
 
In partnership with Busboys and Poets and Film Fest DC+, co-executive producers Marilyn Bennett and the Rev. Gil Caldwell will be screening their documentary, From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and to inspire new activists to get involved in the present day interweave of justice issues. A lively panel discussion will follow, featuring Bishop Gene Robinson; Ashley Smith, Board President, Capital Pride Alliance; Sheila Alexander-Reid, Director, Washington DC Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs; and Rebecca York, Community Engagement and Youth Leadership Coordinator, SMYAL. Cathy Renna, Principal, Target Cue, will moderate. Join us for a night of storytelling: stories of personal experiences of discrimination, finding one’s footing as an activist, and insights into how one can get involved in fighting civil rights abuses today. Tune in for the livestream of the panel discussion on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/truthinprogress

Marilyn Bennett, Director and Co-Executive Producer, From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? said: “When we imagine ourselves in the cloistered bar that was the Stonewall Inn on the night of June 28, 1969, we must remember that in those days there wasn’t a national LGBTQ movement, a voting block politicians had to consider, support from corporate sponsors or even images of ourselves in the media that were genuine or accurate. There were secret shames and hidden identities, daily degradation and physical abuse, marginalization and abandonment; but on that night the patrons had had enough of police and societal abuse. Today, we honor their anger and resistance, their “NO MORE!”  No one in the bar, nor the thousands who joined them in the streets, could have imagined that that moment would become a milestone event that would help jumpstart the early LGBT movement, now the worldwide LGBTQ equality movement we see today. Where we still have work to do is helping our community and the public understand this: there isn’t any human or civil rights issue that doesn’t impact the LGBTQ community; we are in all walks of life, every race, culture and generation. The “From Selma to Stonewall” screening and discussion on May 13 will focus crucial attention on these intersections and how today we must continue and create revolutionary moments of our own.”

WHAT
Truth in Progress Presents screening of From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? followed by interactive panel discussion

WHEN
Monday, May 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

WHERE
Busboys and Poets Anacostia – The Barry Room
2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020
www.busboysandpoets.com

ABOUT FROM SELMA TO STONEWALL: ARE WE THERE YET?
The documentary features Rev. Caldwell, a black, straight preacher and Marilyn Bennett, a white, lesbian activist who form an unusual bond as they seek to find the intersection between the Civil Rights and the LGBTQ Equality movements. The film features cast members who live at the intersection of identities.

UPCOMING FROM SELMA TO STONEWALL EVENTS
Humboldt State University — Arcata, CA — April 22
Reel Out Charlotte — Charlotte, NC — May 4
North Jersey Pride — Maplewood, NJ — June
Athens Pride — Athens, GA — June
Southern New Mexico Pride — Las Cruces, NM — June
Northwest Arkansas Pride — Fayetteville, AR — June 5 and 15
Magic Valley Pride — Twin Falls, ID — June 6
New Haven Pride — New Haven, CT — June 19
Duluth Superior Pride — Duluth, MN — August 30

To learn more, visit www.fromselmatostonewall.com

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