LGBT HISTORY MONTH TO FEATURE PBS/AMERICAN EXPERIENCE DOCUMENTARY “STONEWALL UPRISING”

The public is invited to commemorate LGBT History Month and attend a free screening of the PBS/AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentary “Stonewall Uprising” on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 6 p.m. at Del Mar College, 101 Baldwin, in the Harvin Student Center’s Retama Room (Second Floor). The event is jointly sponsored by the Mosaic Project of South Texas/PRIDE Corpus Christi, Del Mar College/Safe Space Club, and KEDT and is FREE to students and the general public.

The documentary, which premiered on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, examines the events leading up to what is seen as the defining moment in the establishment of the gay rights movement in the United States– the riot at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in the summer of 1969. This year marks the 50th anniversary of those riots that marked a critical turning point in the LGBT civil rights movement.

“It is a privilege to work with Del Mar College and KEDT during LGBT History Month to offer education and information about the courageous individuals who sparked a national civil rights movement,” said Bill Hoelscher, President of the Mosaic Project of South Texas. “It is important to remember the freedoms and protections we as LGBT individuals have gained over the last 50 years were not easily won. Del Mar College and KEDT are allies who protect and promote the dignity and value of LGBT students, staff, faculty and the community at large.”

Rita Hernandez, MA, LPC-S and Lead Counselor with Del Mar College’s Counseling Center added, “The College is proud to collaborate with the Mosaic Project of South Texas/PRIDE Corpus Christi, and we are thankful for the opportunity to host this event and learn from LGBT history. As allies and advocates, we strive to foster a culture that is safe and affirming to all who seek higher education. Embracing knowledge and diversity is how Del Mar College Vikings thrive.”

“KEDT is eager to let our audience know about LGBT History Month and encourage viewing of the PBS/AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentary Stonewall Uprising,” said Don Dunlap, KEDT General Manager. “This event extends the value of our programming and creates an opportunity for greater community engagement through our partnerships with public television stations nationwide.”

Seating is limited for this event. All seats are general admission with no reserved seating. Go to pridecorpuschristi.com to reserve tickets through EventBrite.

Prior to the screening, a reception will be held starting at 5 p.m. outside the Retama Room. A panel discussion on “The Future of LGBT Rights” will follow the film.

LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and LGBT civil rights movement. LGBT History Month provides an opportunity to learn about historical role models, to strengthen community bonds, and to make a public statement about the important contributions of the LGBT community to society at large.

LGBT History Month also coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11 as well as the 40th Anniversary of the October 14, 1979 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The first such political rally by members of the LGBT community, the march drew between 75,000 and 125,000 gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender individuals, and straight allies to demand equal protections and civil rights legislation.

The struggle continues today, and the public is invited to learn more about the past, present, and future struggles for LGBT civil rights.

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