Free showing of “Out in the Night” about LGBTQ issues

    March 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Loft Cinema
    3233 East Speedway Boulevard
    Tucson, AZ 85716

    Part of the 2015 Lesbian Looks Film Series

    Under the neon lights of the gay-friendly West Village neighborhood of New York City, four young African-American women are attacked by an older man, and then face slanderous media coverage and egregious sentences as they are charged and convicted as a “Lesbian Gang” for defending themselves.

    The women came to be known as the New Jersey Four. The documentary Out In The Night tells the story of the women’s trial and prison sentences, and the years-long fight by relatives and activists to get them released, revealing how the media, homophobia, and racism all work together to stigmatize and victimize LGBTQ people of color. The film has screened in over 50 international festivals, won awards at several of them, and been named to numerous top-10 documentary lists for 2014, includingAlternet and The Advocate. (Dir. by Blair Dorosh-Walther, 2014, USA, 75 mins., Not Rated)

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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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