This fall, Harvard will host its first Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender (LBGT) Film Series. This inaugural event seeks to examine and celebrate representations of lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender life and culture in cinema during the four decades since the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion in New York City’s Greenwich Village ignited the modern gay rights movement.
The series, which kicked off Wednesday (Sept. 21) with an opening reception and screenings of “The Celluloid Closet” and “Midnight Cowboy” at the Harvard Film Archive, continues Sept. 28 with the 2002 film “The Trip” in the Quincy House Junior Common Room at 9 p.m. The series will end Dec. 18.
Timothy Patrick McCarthy, an award-winning teacher, writer, activist, and Quincy House tutor, will curate the series. “At a time in our nation’s history when unprecedented gains for LBGT people are being met with deep prejudice and divisive politics at every turn, from every corner,” McCarthy said, “it is imperative for us to affirm both our humanity and our sense of humor, our intellect and our ingenuity, our diversity and our solidarity, our outrage, and even our outrageousness in the ongoing culture wars.” McCarthy added, “We are proud that Harvard University has become a place where all of us, regardless of our orientation, can do just that.”
The 2005 Harvard LBGT Film Series is co-sponsored by the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance; and the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus. It is funded by a grant from the Open Gate Foundation. All events are open to the public. Harvard Film Archive tickets are $8 ($6 for Harvard faculty, students, and staff), while screenings at Quincy House are free.