See “Outrage” this weekend in NY, LA, SF, and DC

Looks like a church

Looks like a church

Last year I had a lot of fun working on Outrage with director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering Kofman. The film looks at closeted gay politicians working in the highest echelons of our government, and talks about the ways their remaining closeted is incredibly harmful to the gay population. Here’s the trailer:

Even though they cut out the segment I produced for them (it didn’t end up fitting into the argument they were making…or at least I like to think that…), the film is really effective at showing the concrete consequences of a very cerebral, personal issue. Two things struck me in particular: they look at closeted politicians who are crafting anti-gay policy, and take a moment to pay close attention to those who are voting down AIDS funding legislation. Quite literally, these closeted gays were allowing mass murder in the late 1980s and early 1990s, allowing the disease to go unchecked and spread like wildfire all because the politicians were too afraid to ally themselves close to the issue for fear of being labeled as a homo.

More relevant to this blog however is their examination of the media’s complicity in allowing these powerful men and women to remain closeted and commit heinous acts of hypocrisy. It’s interesting how taboo being gay really is, and how even talking about it raises eyebrows that people would just rather not raise. The homosexual population is in an interesting place in terms of civil rights; while they are most certainly denied them, it’s much easier for the mainstream media to find a way to rationalize not talking about homosexuality because “gays don’t have it that bad.” The signs of their suffering are not necessarily as visible as, say, blacks being forced into slavery or Muslims being overtly racially profiled, but trust me, gays have it bad. And it’s not right. Just think of it this way:

So do your part to support the Constitution and equal rights for every human on Earth. See Outrage this weekend at one of the following convenient locations:

San Francisco, CA: Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center
West Hollywood, CA: Sunset 5
Washington, DC: E Street Cinema
New York City, NY: Clearview Chelsea 9
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse

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