Thursday, 25 June 2009

MaltaStar: Film, video conference to mark LGBT pride month

To commemorate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, the U.S. Embassy and the Malta Gay Rights Movement are organizing a public screening of the motion picture “Milk,” followed by an interactive digital videoconference with U.S. gay rights activist Elaine Noble.

The film viewing and discussion will be held outdoors at the Atriju M.A. Vassalli (Main Quadrangle) on the University of Malta campus on Friday, June 26. The film will begin at 2000 hrs, and the videoconference will commence at 2230 hrs.

“Milk,” which stars Sean Penn, recounts the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. As a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Milk helped to pass a pioneering gay rights ordinance for the city, but his political career was cut short when he was assassinated at City Hall by a fellow city supervisor in 1978. The biographical film, which was released last January, won two Academy Awards.

Following the film, audience members can participate in an interactive videoconference with Elaine Noble, a U.S. gay rights activist and former Massachusetts State Representative. In 1974, Ms. Noble became the first openly gay political candidate elected to a state-wide office in the United States, and she was present at the first White House meeting on civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, held in 1977.

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