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Queer In Color: A new film festival celebrates LGBTQ+ people of color

Five films take a look into the LGBTQ+ BIPOC community.
The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival brings us a new virtual festival, Queer In Color, a look at the lives of the LGBTQ+ BIPOC community.
The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival brings us a new virtual festival, Queer In Color, a look at the lives of the LGBTQ+ BIPOC community. [ Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival ]
Published Jun. 3

The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival presents Queer In Color, a new virtual BIPOC (Black/indigenous/people of color) LGBTQ+ film festival demonstrating “Black Lives Matter. Indigenous lives matter. People of color matter.” The goal for the new festival is to enlighten, empower and lift up the LGBTQ+ BIPOC community and amplify their stories and voices.

At noon on June 18, five films will be launched and available for streaming. Viewers can sign in at queerincolor.eventive.org and choose to watch some, or all, of the films. Titles include:

  • Unapologetic: After two police killings, Black organizers challenge a Chicago administration complicit in state violence against Black residents. Film contains racism, violence and death; viewer discretion is advised.
  • Gossamer Folds: In the 96-minute film, a young boy is unwillingly moved to another state. He befriends a retired college professor and his transgender daughter.
  • Mixed: The 76-minute Canadian film explores the diverse elements of being queer, mixed and different in a world conditioned to the construction of race, orientation and gender.
  • My Name is Pauli Murray: A look at the life of a non-binary Black lawyer, activist and poet who influenced Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Thurgood Marshall.
  • Summertime: Through poetry, 25 youths from Los Angeles express life, love, heartache, family, home and fear.

All five films are free to stream and available for viewing through June 20.