Local non-profit featured in new documentary

Filmmaker partners with org for special advanced screenings

CHARLOTTE — Campus Pride, a locally-based, national non-profit organization that works with LGBT college and university students, is featured in a new documentary scheduled for release next year.

“Legalize Gay: The Civil Rights Movement of a Generation” (trailer below) features interviews from a diverse array of young adult leaders and established LGBT community organization leaders, including Campus Pride’s Shane Windmeyer, current Pennsylvania State House candidate Brian Sims, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords intern-turned-hero Daniel Hernandez and others.

The film is scheduled for release on the national, gay and lesbian cable network Logo next year.

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Director Christopher Hines is partnering with Campus Pride for exclusive advanced screenings, accompanied by an educational guide to encourage more activism in the campaign for LGBT equality.

“Campus Pride is already doing so much in the struggle for LGBT equality at universities and colleges across the country. I hope ‘Legalize Gay’ can help in that effort,” Hines said in a release. “The young people in the film are so inspiring.”

Windmeyer said he is excited about the partnership.

“We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to preview the film,” Windmeyer said. “It will definitely promote a lot of discussion on campus.”

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Featured in the film is Campus Pride’s annual summer camp, “Camp Pride.” The annual event attracts dozens of LGBT young adults each year for workshops and sessions dedicated to the skills and support they need to flourish at their universities and colleges.

“It was so much fun and impressive to film such a diverse group of young people working together for a common cause – equality,” Hines said. “I hope we can get hundreds of students attending Camp Pride every year.”

A portion of the advanced screenings proceeds will benefit Campus Pride.

For more information about the film, visit CampusPride.org/LegalizeGay.

 

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.