What follows is a press release from PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality):
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Outrage, the Emmy-nominated documentary film is not about outing closeted gay politicians! So what is it about…and why is PACE bringing it to Shreveport on May 23rd?
Shreveport, LA — May 21, 2012 — PACE, People Acting for Change and Equality, will host the Emmy-nominated 2009 documentary film Outrage premiering in Shreveport on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at minicine, 846 Texas Ave. Doors will open at 7 p.m.; the film will begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion including panelists who appear in the film and whose lives have been personally affected by events described in the film.
Outrage features powerful closeted gay politicians whose anti-gay votes brought, and continue to bring, great harm to ordinary gay Americans and their families. There is a common mis-perception that the purpose of Outrage is to out these closeted gay politicians, but this is a very superficial way of looking at the film as all the politicians featured in the film had been outed very publicly years before the film was made. In fact, as is often the case, these politicians’ closets had doors that were wide open. Yet those closets confirmed to anti-gay members of Congress and the media that the closet was exactly where gay people knew they belonged.
The film’s real message is about the evils of the closet and the media conspiracy to enable the closet to persist. Outrage makes clear how the closet can lead politicians to betray those closest to them and their own personal integrity for the perks of political power.
Closeted politicians in Outrage ignored pleas from AIDS victims and activists, and repeatedly voted NO for HIV funding while half a million Americans died from AIDS. Closeted politicians voted NO to a federal law protecting gay people from job discrimination so that even today, gay people can be fired in 29 states and transgender people can be fired in 34 states even if they are star employees. Closeted politicians voted NO on openly gay service in defense of our nation which led to an outrage that our entire nation suffered. The 9/11 Commission Report stated that a backlog of documents awaiting translation was a contributing factor to the 9/11 attack due to a shortage of Arabic language translators. Yet our government had fired dozens of Arab language experts simply for being gay.
Despite these shameful and outrageous votes, intrinsic homophobia throughout our society has resulted in the media’s protecting the private lives of closeted gay politicians while they very publicly bring great harm to the lives of ordinary gay Americans and their families. Even today in Shreveport, a media representative has criticized PACE for showing Outrage saying it’s time to just let this go, simply confirming that the media conspiracy still continues. Outrage makes very clear that the fight for equality for gay Americans has no greater enemy than the closet when closeted public policy makers stigmatize and tell lies about their fellow gay Americans in order to hide the truth of their own lives.
This event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support the work of PACE, Northwest Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for a just society in which the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community can lead open, honest, responsible, and safe lives at home and in the workplace.
Adrienne Critcher, PACE Communications Director