Fridays at 7:00pm
in the Parish House
St. Mary’s is hosting a film night every Friday through June to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which kicked off the modern gay rights movement. Come enjoy LGBTQ movies on the big screen with friends and allies. Snacks and drinks are provided.
The series concludes with a memorial and thanksgiving service at 5:00pm on June 29, 2019. Everyone is invited!
Milk is a 2008 film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person elected to public office in California, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Ultimately, it received 8 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
Desert Hearts is a romantic drama set in Reno, Nevada in 1959. It tells the story of a professor awaiting divorce, who finds her true self when she meets a free-spirited woman confident in her romantic attraction. It is one of the first films to positively portray lesbian relationships.
Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community is a 1984 documentary about the LGBT community prior to the 1969 Stonewall riots. It is directed by Greta Schiller and narrated by author Rita Mae Brown and has worn several awards, including a 1987 Emmy.
Soldier’s Girl is a 2003 drama based on the true story of a U.S. Army Private whose fellow soldiers turn against him for his relationship with Calpernia, a transgender woman. This Canadian-American film won multiple awards, including a Peabody award in 2004.
To Wong Foo,
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar is a 1995 comedy starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo as three N.Y.C. drag queens who embark on a road trip to L.A., spending a stranded, transformative weekend in middle America along their way.
Longtime Companion (1989). The devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men during the 1980s. Its title is derived from words The New York Times used during the ‘80s to describe the surviving same-sex partner of someone who had died of AIDS.
Torch Song Trilogy
Torch Song Trilogy (1988) is based on three plays by Harvey Fierstein, centering on a gay Jewish man, drag queen, and torch singer living in late 1970s NYC. The play won a Tony in 1983, and the film received numerous accolades as well, including a nomination for Best Feature.
When police raid the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village, NYC, on June 28, 1969, the street erupts into violent protests for six days. Stonewall Uprising (2010) catalogues a turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the U.S. and around the world.
Memorial & Thanksgiving Mass
June 29, 2019 at 5:00pm in the church
The Stonewall Film Series concludes with a service of remembrance, thanksgiving, and prayer, where we remember those who came before us, rejoice in how far we have come, and pray for strength in the journey ahead. Service begins at 5:00pm in the church. Everyone is absolutely welcome, and a reception will follow the service.
Hope to see you there!