March 1, 2017
The Nicholson School of Communication will host a film screening of “Pride Denied: Homonationalism and the Future of Queer Politics” on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in the UCF Live Oak Center.
“Pride Denied” is a 2016 film by Kami Chisholm that locates the origins of LGBTQ+ pride in sites of grassroots resistance and revolt, going back to the Stonewall uprising of 1969. According the documentary’s website, it traces how the deeply political roots of pride morphed into multimillion-dollar events designed to project an image of tolerance and equality rather than calling attention to the relationship between normative identity, power and sexual repression.
Following the documentary, there will be a question-and-answer period as well as a panel of local experts to provide further insights. Michael Farmer, Equality Florida’s statewide deputy director of development, as well as leadership from UCF’s LGBTQ+ community will be available for consultation.
The topic of discussion is an important one, said NSC visiting lecturer Adam Parrish, who will join the panel. His research on internalized homonegativity considers the how feeling bad about one’s sexuality can lead to poor social, health and wellness problems.
This screening aligns with President John Hitt’s goals for the university, said Christine Hanlon, NSC associate lecturer of human communication, who applied and received a grant from the UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion to help host the event co-sponsored by NSC.
“President Hitt has five visionary goals that guide UCF. No. 4 is to be more inclusive and diverse,” Hanlon said. “To promote that culture within the university, I think it is important to that we talk about issues that relate to the LGTQ+ community. We want to make sure that people are safe.”
The event will provide resources for LGBTQ+ individuals, while also educating allies and other cisgender individuals about the LGBTQ+ community.