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A People’s History of the LGBTQ community in Grand Rapids film screening this Sunday 1/8

January 2, 2012

If you missed it the first time, A People’s History of the LGBTQ community in Grand Rapids is being screened again at Plymouth UCC.

The 1 hour and 40 minutes film chronicles the LGBTQ community in Grand Rapids from the 1950s to the present, with an emphasis on the 1980s and 90s. Viewers will learn about groups such as Dignity and Aradia that both formed in the 1970s, followed by the formation of the Lesbian and Gay Network of West Michigan, which organized the first Pride Celebrations and a campaign to get the City of Grand Rapids to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance in 1994.

In addition, there are chapters on organizing around HIV/AIDS, the Religious Right, GVSU and the growth of LGBTQ groups in recent decades.

The screening will be hosted by Plymouth United Church of Christ, one of the first congregations in West Michigan to become and open and affirming church. This screening is free and open to the public, with discussion to follow the film.

A People’s History of the LGBTQ Community in Grand Rapids Film

Sunday, January 8

6:00 PM

Plymouth UCC

4010 Kalamazoo SE, Grand Rapids

In addition, there is an online archive for a People’s History of the LGBTQ community in Grand Rapids. The film was produced by the Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy with the support of the LGBT Resource Center at GVSU.

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