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First Ever Newark LGBTQ Film Festival

By Charlotte Robinson, April 03, 2023

The organizers for the first-ever Newark LGBTQ Film Festival have announced the full line-up for the event which runs April 14th to 16th at various venues throughout downtown Newark, NJ. Beatrice Simpkins, Executive Director of the Newark LGBTQ Community Center stated, “Our narratives are part of the fabric & history of Newark, New Jersey & the United States. This film festival will liberate us & provide a platform for speaking the truths of our important & diverse lives, while also bringing a focus to the City of Newark. We want to empower LGBTQ+-BIPOC creatives who use film as their vehicle of artistic expression & honor their important contribution to culture, art & improving the lives of others.” The festivities kick off with an Opening Reception on Friday April 14th from 5:30P to 7P at the historic Newark Museum of Art hosted by the inimitable Harmonica Sunbeam & featuring DJ No Request spinning the beats. Immediately following at 7:15P the festival’s opening night feature “The Inspection” & after the screening will conclude with a special panel discussion featuring local LGBTQ Veterans touching upon their experiences in the military. The festival concludes with “Mama Gloria” a look at Chicago's Black transgender icon Gloria Allen who blazed a trail for trans people like few others before her. Presented by the Newark LGBTQ Community Center the mission of the Newark LGBTQ Film Festival is to amplify the voices, vision & works of film that would otherwise struggle to find a mainstream audience but which have a significant impact in raising awareness around lives & issues of queer people & LGBTQ communities of color. 

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