During the weekend of June 1 through June 4, you’ll want to grab a one-event ticket or an All Access Pass to the LGBTQ Film Festival here in Hampton Roads.
The Reel it OUT LGBTQ Film Festival is a community focused event with the goal and purpose of exposing, educating, and introducing the lifestyle, struggles, joys, and hardships of the LGBTQ community through the world of film and media. The event offers four different nights of entertainment and educational activities.
On Thursday, June 1st, the Granby Theater is hosting the film “Kiki” with a live ball performance. This performance-based art form, Ballroom, was made famous in the early 1990s by Madonna’s music video “Vogue” and the documentary “Paris Is Burning.” It is now an artistic activist subculture named the Kiki Scene. Tickets are $20 for the event, and a cash bar and food for order will be available.
Enjoy a short film showcase on Friday night at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk. Tickets are $15, and the audience gets to vote on their favorite short. A light reception will follow the screening. Check out more about the Friday event here:
Find out about “Political Animals” at Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday, June 3rd. For $15, you will learn about the gay rights struggle through the eyes of four elected women. This documentary follows these ground-breaking lesbians who took the fight off the streets and into the halls of government. Following this event, there will be a panel discussion with local female leaders from the Hampton Roads Community as well as a light reception.
On Sunday, join The Naro for a showing of “Naz & Maalik.” This story follows two closeted Muslim teens as their secretive lives are rattled by FBI surveillance. Tickets for this show are $15 and include a reception following the film.
All Access Passes are available for $50 and include all four events and some special perks. Grab your tickets here.
Whether you love to see informational and moving films, are a part of the LGBTQ Community here in Hampton Roads, are a supporter of equal rights, or just love films, this is a great event for learning more about your own community. It is an opportunity to find out why we must continue to fight for our community and get excited about supporting each other. Furthermore, the funds from this event will support the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads. This great organization offers so much for people right here in Hampton Roads such as HIV/AIDS testing, mental health counseling, peer education, housing, medical case management, and more.
To learn more about this awesome center, visit their webpage here.