Community screening of LGBTQ film “Pride”

    October 12, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Loft Cinema
    3233 East Speedway Boulevard
    Tucson, AZ 85716


    PRIDE-Final-Posterweb-270x400Please join us for a one-night-only special presentation of this amazing film based on the true stories of LGBTQ activists in England, who in 1984 formed a group called Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. 

    This group of LGBT activists saw the striking miners in their country as being an equally marginalized group in their society, suffering the ire of Margaret Thatcher’s austerity measures, police brutality, and an unsympathetic press trying to break the backs of the unions. The film explores the courage and triumph of unlikely allies who–cast together in the grist of economic hardship, cultural upheaval of late 20th century Britain, and the emerging AIDS epidemic–rally to each other’s aid. Their equally significant political actions helped transform the very social and legal fabrics of British society in historic and unprecedented ways.

    This award-winning historical comedy-drama film has much wisdom and inspiration for our own local community organizing efforts, and a diverse group of community organizations is joining together to show this film during October’s Pride Week. If your organization or group would like to join as a sponsor, contact Scott Wilson Morris at

    Tickets are only $5 each, and are available through sponsoring groups, as well as online through The Loft at

    In the weeks following the screening, there will be a series of discussions that some sponsoring organizations will lead, exploring the themes of reciprocity, collaboration, and how various organizations and groups can work together across issues in support of our commonality.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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