LGBT History Month: Out in the Silence

10.01.2013Celebrate LGBT History Month with two film screenings of Out in the Silence, a documentary film by Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer on Thursday, October 24, 2013.

Screenings will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Roesch Library 1st floor Group FlexSpace and are free and open to all. Please feel free to bring your lunch or dinner to enjoy while you watch.

Film summary: When a popular 16-year-old jock is brutally attacked for coming out at his small town high school, his mother reaches out for help to the only person she feels she can trust, an openly gay man who lives 300 miles away – native son and filmmaker Joe Wilson, whose same-sex wedding announcement ignited a firestorm of controversy in the local paper. Returning home with camera in hand, Wilson documents the harrowing but ultimately successful battle waged by the teen and his mom against recalcitrant school authorities, as well as detailing the efforts of a lesbian couple to restore an historic theater in the face of vitriolic anti-gay attacks, and Wilson’s own unexpected friendship with an Evangelical preacher. As walls are torn down and bridges built, Out in the Silence offers a fascinating and moving commentary on America's culture war.

Sponsored by the University Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Committee

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