“Awakenings” weaves together and integrates stories of various people’s lives and events which have contributed to LGBTQ social and spiritual awakenings, featuring a special performance by the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.
The program commemorates disparate elements including: the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard (October 12, 1998); the 40th anniversary of the death of Harvey Milk (November 27, 1978); the 50th anniversary of the founding of Metropolitan Community Churches by Rev. Troy Perry (October 6, 1968); the defeat of Anita Bryant and the Briggs Initiative (November 7, 1978); and the creation of the Pride Rainbow Flag for the first event in which it flew on June 25, 1978.
Readings from works by Lillian Faderman (“The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle” and “Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death”), Adrian Brooks (“The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQ Activism”), transgender Stonewall activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Jeanne Cordova, Harvey Milk, Matthew Shepard, Mel White, Rev. Troy Perry and others reflect the struggle for equal rights, bringing to life personal and collective awakenings despite immense challenges and opposition. As we recount the creation of the rainbow flag 40 years ago, as a vibrant fabric binding a community together, we recall how the deaths of Harvey Milk and Matthew Shepard and other challenges led to awakenings, endurance, and the expansion of a compassionate and effective global movement for liberation.
As Light Plate Food & Refreshments will be served, please RSVP with FREE TICKETS here: http://ourpride.org/awakenings
6pm – 7pm: Reception / Light Food & Drinks in the Courtyard – Hosted by Founders MCC
7pm – 8:15: Awakenings Part 1 (Official Lambda LitFest Presentation)
8:15 – 8:30: Intermission / Refreshments – Hosted by Founders MCC
8:30 – 9:45: Awakenings Part 2 – Filmmaker Scott Bloom presents clips from the documentary “Call Me Troy,” along with Q&A with special guests.