The final official event of Stonewall Week looks to a more recent demonstration for LGBT rights. Forty years after patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar, fought back against police harassment and sparked the modern LGBT civil rights movement, thousands gathered in Washington, D.C., for the National Equality March.
The 2009 march was organized on short notice and featured a more grassroots approach than the last LGBT March on Washington, the Millennium March in 2000. “March On!” is a documentary film telling the stories of a diverse group of 2009 march participants.
The film screens Sunday, June 26, at noon at Atlanta’s Phillip Rush Center.
The documentary is an ideal fit for Stonewall Week, according to Jim Farmer, executive director of Out on Film, which hosts the city’s LGBT film festival, set for Sept. 29-Oct. 6 this year.
“Stonewall Week is remembered as a time when our community stood up for their own rights and asserted themselves. A lot has changed since Stonewall but a lot hasn’t changed, and the families in this film proudly decide to attend the March on Washington of 2009 as a way to continue to stand up for equality,” Farmer said.
The Stonewall Week screening is sponsored by Out on Film and the Atlanta Pride Committee. Tickets are $15 and include cocktails and brunch from Radial Café.
Brunch & ‘March On!’ Screening Sunday, June 26, noon at Phillip Rush Center 1530 Dekalb Ave. Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307 www.outonfilm.org