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It’s LGBT pride month! The festival is celebrated each year in June, to honour the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. For the uninitiated, the Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States, and the idea of dedicating a month to the community is to recognize the impact of these individuals on both local, national and international history.

And to celebrate life, choices and the entitlement to them, American Centre, in collaboration with Cinedarbaar, is organizing an LGBT film festival across three days. The film festival will screen popular Hollywood movies, covering stories of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders. So far, they’re screening Kissing Jessica Stein, But I’m a Cheerleader, Boys Don’t Cry, Brokeback Mountain and Lead with Love. 

As for genres, they’ve kept it light, and all the films as part of the festival are romantic dramas, touching topics that are important to highlight in a city like ours. You can expect discussions on issues relating to the films, after the screenings. There will also be quizzes on LGBT themed topics, and American Centre is sponsoring the prizes.

Entry for the festival is free of charge, but is by invitation only. To request an invitation, shoot an email to amcenterND@state.gov, or collect passes from the American Center Library prior to the screenings. Please carry valid photo ID to gain access.

When: 25th, 26th and 27th June

Where: American Centre, Kasturba Gandhi Marg