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Outfest Screenings Celebrate Pride

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If you feel “safer at home” while commemorating Pride this year, Outfest is joining numerous organizations that are providing free virtual events and entertainment options.

Beginning Friday at 5 p.m. (PST) with a special screening of “The Normal Heart,” Outfest teams up with AARP to offer a digital platform, UnitedinPrideFest.com/AARP, with exclusive LGBTQ+ programming to “support, amplify and uplift LGBTQ+ older adults while they shelter in place.”

The Outfest Pride Project with AARP runs through July 5, featuring a curated selection of feature-length and short film highlights from Outfest Fusion and Outfest Los Angeles film festivals.

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The collection of films and live events, featuring LGBTQ+ filmmakers and creators of color, are available by signing up via the link provided on the website. You’ll receive an e-mail confirmation with access to watch the pride content.  

Included in the titles are “Acuitzeramo” and “Bayard and Me.” “Acuitzeramo” (2019) is the story of a gay Mexican elder who loses his longtime partner, and calls his partner’s estranged son to tell him of his father’s passing. Unaware of their relationship, the son travels from Chicago to attend his father’s funeral in the rural Mexican town.

“Bayard & Me” (2017) is the true story of Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin, and his younger boyfriend Walter Naegle, whom he adopted to obtain the legal protections of marriage. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and a time when gay marriage was inconceivable.

The event also includes live Q&As, spotlighting those in the global queer and trans family living out and proud across generations.

Journalist Laurie Schenden covers the entertainment industry, with many of her notable celebrity interviews appearing in the Los Angeles Times and other national and international publications. As a longtime columnist and feature writer for the LA Times, she also covered events and California destinations for the lifestyle, Outdoors and Travel sections. Laurie Schenden's international pieces include the long-running Where Are They Now celebrity feature for Spotlight Magazine, published in five languages. Laurie has also contributed to numerous documentary films, and is currently producing a documentary for her own company, Saving Grace Films.

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