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MSU to celebrate Coming Out Week Oct. 8-14

September 27, 2011

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A series of events have been scheduled at Montana State University on Oct. 8-14 to recognize National Coming Out Day.

The events kick off with will be showing of the film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at 9 p.m. from Oct. 6-11 at the ASMSU's Procrastinator Theater. It will also be shown at the Procrastinator at 7 p.m. from Oct. 13-18.

The Queer Straight Alliance's annual charity Drag Show is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Strand Union Ballrooms. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, available through Tickets West. All proceeds will go to benefit AIDS Outreach, QSA and the Pride Foundation.

The QSA and the MSU Diversity Awareness Office will host screenings of two films on Wednesday, Oct. 12, followed by discussion panels with the film makers.

"You Are Loved," a documentary chronicling Montana Pride celebrating the diversity of all walks of life, will be screened at 7 p.m. The documentary explores what it means to be an LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) in Montana. The film covers events such as the Bozeman drag show, the diversity march, and interviews with prominent members of the community. "You Are Loved" is produced/directed by Vanessa Naive, and filmed/edited by Jeff Dougherty, both juniors in the MSU School of Film and Photography. There will be a panel discussion with participants of the documentary following the screening.

"Living Two Spirit: Montana Gathering Reflections," will be shown at 8 p.m. In 2009, the Montana Two Spirit Society contracted with videographer, Anne Medley, to create a short video about the society and its annual Montana Two Spirit Gathering. "Two Spirit" is a term used to describe indigenous North Americans who fulfill one of many mixed gender roles found traditionally among many Native Americans and Canadian First Nations indigenous groups. The mixed gender roles encompassed by the term historically included wearing the clothing and performing the work associated with both men and women. The short video highlights interviews with two spirit leaders and participants speaking about two spirit culture, history, ceremony, roles and responsibilities, family and reclaiming a rich and vibrant two spirit culture. A panel discussion with Montana Two Spirit Society leaders David Herrera and Steven Barrios will follow the film.

Both films are free and open to the public.

These events are sponsored by the Queer Straight Alliance at Montana State University, ASMSU Films, and the Diversity Awareness Office.

For more information visit www.montana.edu/diversity/comingout.html

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Phenocia Bauerle (406) 994-5801, phenocia.bauerle@montana.edu