Free Today: "Anyone and Everyone" screening/Q&A
In a precursor to the city's Gay Pride Week, which runs June 22-29, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center will host a free screening of the new PBS documentary "Anyone and Everyone," a collection of coming-out stories, followed by a Q & A and panel discussion with filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz and some of the parents featured in the film.
When: Today from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 208 W. 13th Street (map below)
The title explains the film: these parents find out that to be part of the LGBT community is not to be "other," it can be anyone and everyone. The parents come from all walks of life, and candidly talk about the ways their kids came out, and how they responded -- often times, it was badly.
Most poignant perhaps, is the Cherokee father, a regular gay-basher who beat up several people for their sexual orientation. Then he finds out his own son is gay. A mother, through tears, seems to speak for all of them when she says she will always remember the ten words that changed her life forever, "Mom, did you even think that I might be gay?"
The screening tonight includes an hors d'oeuvre reception and the panel, but if you miss it tonight, catch "Anyone and Everyone" on Thirteen Monday June 16, 10 p.m.
-- Lauren Johnston