The Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community Church is hosting the city’s first LGBT film festival in observance of Pride week Aug. 13-19.
The Rev. Lea Brown, pastor of the church, said the city has had Pride celebrations before but never a film festival.
“We are very excited about hosting this event for our community,” Brown said. “We are proud of all who God has created us to be, and this week will be a chance to see our stories and lives reflected in some great movies about LGBT people.”
The film festival, called “LGBT Pride Goes to the Movies,” will feature “Victor/Victoria,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Boys on the Side” and “Kissing Jessica Stein.”
Admission to the festival will be free.
Brown noted that the Wichita Falls church is growing. Seven new members joined recently, increasing the membership to 83 the 20-year-old church’s largest ever, she said.
“So we’re happy,” Brown said.
The church, once in a more remote area of the city, is now in a prominent location near the downtown commercial district.
Lauretta Dowd, a church member and coordinator of the event, said the festival will increase the visibility of the city’s LGBT community.
“Wichita Falls needs more queer culture, and I am proud that my church is helping to provide it,” Dowd said. “Being able to see our lives in movies helps to take away the invisibility so many of us feel every day in this part of the world.”
“LGBT Pride Goes to the Movies” will be Aug. 16-18 at the church, 1401 Travis St., and the weekend celebration will conclude with a Pride worship service on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. A Pride luncheon will be held afterward at Odds, the city’s only gay nightclub, at 1205 Lamar St.
For information about show times and ratings, visit www.wichitafallsmcc.org.
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 10, 2007