FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          Date: October 2, 2001

 Contact: Donna McCracken, (217) 206-6716

UIS Alliance to present second annual film festival

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield Alliance will sponsor the second Annual October Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Film Series from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in conference room E of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. All films are free and open to the public. Films to be shown include:

October 3 -- Homophobia in the Workplace (60 minutes). Author Brian McNaught shares an explanation of how everyone loses when homophobia exists in the workplace, at school, or other places. Topics include: what homophobia is; feelings of rejection that come with being gay; difficulties faced by gays in the workplace; how to create an “even playing field”; heterosexism and the obstacles it creates; fear of coming out; what stops some people from being supportive; and the pervasiveness of anti-gay violence. A question-and-answer session will be moderated by Pat Langley, UIS professor of women’s studies and legal studies.

October 10 -- You Don't Know Dick (60 minutes). A documentary about women who have chosen to change their gender and become men. Through an intricate weaving of interviews, personal stories, and recollections of friends and family members the film illuminates the human side of this unusual quest for personal identity. A question-and-answer session will be moderated by Pat Langley, UIS professor of women’s studies and legal studies.

October 17 -- Live to Tell: The First Gay and Lesbian Prom in America (30 minutes). This film documents the first gay prom in America, put on and attended by more than 200 students of the EAGLES Center, a grassroots alternative high school in West Hollywood. A question-and-answer session will be moderated by Allan Cook, UIS associate professor of teacher education.

October 24 -- The Gay Gene  (30 minutes). Well-known scientists and researchers debate the genetic basis of sexual orientation. Covers both proponents and opponents of the gay gene theory. A question-and-answer session will be moderated by Roy Mosher, UIS assistant professor of biology.

The October 31 film is to be announced.

     For more information, contact Langley at 206-7423.