PBS/AMERICAN EXPERIENCE DOCUMENTARY “STONEWALL UPRISING” TO HIGHLIGHT LGBT HISTORY MONTHOctober 08, 2019
Free tickets to the 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) are now available from the Eventbrite link on the PRIDE Corpus Christi website (pridecorpuschristi.com) or go to the following link: https://bit.ly/2lCCnls. Seating is limited for this event. All seats are general admission with no reserved seating.
The screening commemorates LGBT History Month and is jointly sponsored by the Mosaic Project of South Texas/PRIDE Corpus Christi, Del Mar College/Safe Space Club, and KEDT.
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.
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. The panel will be moderated by Del Mar Regent Susan Hutchison, and includes American Federation of Teachers Chapter President Nancy Vera, LULAC Para Todos President Eric Holguin, transgender community activist and advocate Kitana Sanchez, Del Mar Safe Space Club President Sofia Jimenez, and Del Mar Safe Space Club Faculty Sponsor Dr. Erin McComb.
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.