Ellen Huang

Queer Lounge Program Director Ellen Huang understands the challenge of breaking into the film industry, an especially difficult task for LGBT filmmakers, who face the compound obstacle of discrimination within an already-cutthroat business. Queer Lounge is a non-profit GLAAD media program that seeks to support and promote LGBT filmmakers. With its growing bank of celebrity and corporate endorsers, the Lounge is a gay hub at film festivals including Sundance and Toronto, providing filmmakers with networking opportunities and working to erode the stigma that only queer folks can relate to queer films. “If you can relate to superheroes and paratroopers in movies,” Huang insists, “you can relate to gay and lesbian film.” –MF

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