Tuesday, December 13, 2005

ART's 'Greensboro, Out at the Movies' a success

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On Saturday, December 10, 2005, Alternative Resources of the Triad/OutGreensboro.com presented its first-ever "Greensboro, Out at the Movies." The event attracted approximately 30-40 individuals which, according to the Board members present that night, is to be considered a success for a first-run. Alternative Resources of the Triad, which runs the website OutGreensboro.com, plans to hold its second Greensboro, Out at the Movies on February 18, 2005 (my birthday!!) at the Warehouse 29. Be sure to cehck out OutGreensboro.com for more information when it is available. As a member of Alternative Resources of the Triad's Board of Directors, I thought the event went really, really well, considering it was the first event of this nature we had ever done. We showed two films. One was "CAMP" from Raleigh, NC, and the other was "A Love Story: In the Face of Hate" form Virginia. CAMP was a locally made and produced movie about Raleigh's Club Flex and Club Clegends drag queens and their fictional adventures following the Mayor of Raleigh's announcement that all drag performances would be banned. I'd have to say it was a funny film. The second movie was a documentary made about Virginia's law banning recognition of same-sex civil unions, marriage or other "arrangements." The actual text of the Virginia law (§20-45.3) reads (emphasis added):
A civil union, partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage is prohibited. Any such civil union, partnership contrat or other arrangement entered into by persons of the same sex in another state or jurisdiction shall be void in all respects in Virginia and any contractual rights created thereby shall be void and unenforceable.
Because of this law, many same-sex couples in Virginia have found that, in the best interest of caring for one antoher, it would be better to move out of state. One such couple who had moved to Greensboro was at Greensboro, Out at the Movies in order to talk about the documentary and pass out brochures and other information about the law (thanks for being there). Please check out OutGreensboro.com and keep a look out for more information about our February Greensboro, Out at the Movies. We will be showing "Trash", the sequal to "CAMP". Alternative Resources of the Triad (ART) is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization based in Greensboro, NC. ART, which formerly operated the Gay & Lesbian Hotline of the Triad, now serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and straight allied community of Greensboro and the greater Triad area through its website OutGreensoro.com, its "Greensboro, Out at the Movies" event and the newly organizing QCYNT (The Queer College & Youth Network of the Triad).