Thirteen/WNET celebrates LGBT Pride month with its annual OUT! festival of documentaries and programs that highlight the experience, people and events of these communities. Scheduled programs include Anyone and Everyone, which spotlights parents from all walks of life who speak candidly about their reactions to their children coming out; and Leading the Way, a celebration of people and events that display the remarkable courage and diversity found within the LGBT community.
June 17 at Billie’s Black Restaurant & Lounge, Queer Black Cinema® kicks-off GLBTQ Pride and Black Music Month with A Night of Soul—its 3rd annual QBC VISIONS Benefit. The event not only helps to further develop Queer Black Cinema’s monthly film programming, but will aid in the premiere of the Queer Black Cinema International Film & Music Festival in October 2008. Def Poetry Jam poet ButtaFlySoul returns to host this year’s event along with last year’s crowd pleaser, Steph, the Sapphic Songstress. Black Angel Records recording artist Nhojj and TyranGem join her to wow audience members.
CINEMAROSA, Queens’ only queer film series, presents free screenings of and discussions on independent LGBT movies every third Sunday at the Queens Museum of Art. June 15, check out Pink Reel—Celebration of Gay Pride with a screening of Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema. The film explores the emergence of queer cinema from the 1940s to the present, and is followed by Queerin’ Queens 2008, the Queens Museum of Art’s Annual LGBT Cultural Celebration, with music, poetry, dance and performances. And on July 29, don’t miss Family Matters—LGBT Family Afternoon, with a screening about transgender parenting.