I attended my first local Pride three years ago (June 2011) but could only stay for 30 minutes because of my severe spinal pain at the time. I was newly out to my kids and family but not to the wider community but I was determined to attend. I posted about that Pride visit twice: here and here.
I missed the June 2012 Pride events completely because I was thick in the horror of our divorce mediation and my move to my new home. I was exhausted, stressed out and busy beyond belief.
In June 2013, I attended and volunteered at many fun events such as the Drag-a-Palooza where I was groped by a former student and our Pride picnic but had no part in the organization itself. I posted several times about that exciting week where I came "out" in a big way. Check out those links here.
From January to June 2014, I served on our Pride organizing committee and was heavily involved in some aspect in nearly every event of our week of festivities but as a helper.
But I did not post about Pride 2014 at all. At that time, one of my blog readers was actively trying to determine my actual location and name, so I needed to protect my identity by not revealing any details.
But by June 2014, my Pride committee involvement accelerated my "outness" to a wider audience. My name even appeared in our local newspaper as a Pride organizer; my middle daughter bought a copy and proudly showed it to all her friends!
Starting in September 2014, I've been heavily involved in planning for Pride 2015 and am the chief organizer for several sub-events during our Pride Week, including our Pride Film Festival.
The committee and I need to pick out some movies to screen at our LGBTQ film night. Specifically, we are looking for:
FEATURE FILM or HEADLINER
#1: This feature-length movie must have a strong LGBTQ theme. The movie should be a feel-good, relatively current flick; probably a comedy which is on everyone's "must see" list.
Example: Cloudburst with Olympia Dukakis was a huge hit at our 2013 Pride Film Festival, mainly with our lesbian community. This octogenarian lesbian Thelma and Louise story was a perfect choice!
SUPPORTING SHORT FILM(s)
#2: We also need one or two short films (10 minutes or less), either documentary or fiction, on any LGBTQ issue or theme. Canadian content is always a plus!
Any and all recommendations would be greatly appreciated!