I think it is really important to learn about cultures other than our own, so I was super pumped to hit up the Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival at the Buskirk-Chumley this weekend, for the second year in a row. It’s not only a great cultural experience, but a good chance to see some high-quality independent films and hang out with friends.
Last year, I went with Hillsley, Stebby, Kath & Afra. This year, Hillsley is in Zambia, Stebby is in Ohio, & Kath is in Poland, so Afra and I made it a date (no, no, Kath, not that kind of date) and took in the Friday and Saturday night sessions. I thought the films were pretty good last year, but they were way better this year. They were pretty varied – funny, sad, thought-provoking – and provided many different perspectives on the lives of and issues surrounding gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people. The underlying message in all the films, however, was the same: love and acceptance toward everyone, no matter who they happen to love. Pretty cool. I’m so proud to live in a community that so lovingly supports acceptance and works to fight against the ignorance that is holding our country back in so many ways.