OUTSpoken Presents: “The Year We Thought about Love”

When October 23, 2018, 6:00 PM
Where Bonnie E. Cone Student Activities Center, McKnight Hall
Registration Details & Deadlines
Cost $0.00
Who is Invited General public and UNC Charlotte community
Parking Details Visitor Parking is available for a minimal fee in the Cone Parking Deck

UNC Charlotte's annual OUTSpoken event will be a screening on Tuesday, October 23, of the film “The Year We Thought about Love.” The documentary goes behind the scenes of one of the oldest queer youth theaters in America -- Boston-based "True Colors: OUT Youth Theater." This group uses performance to narrate real-life struggles to advocate for social change. The film introduces a variety of stories including a transgender teenager kicked out of her house, a devout Christian challenging his church’s homophobia, and a girl who prefers to wear boys’ clothing even as she models dresses on the runway. The film conveys the courage and strength these young people must have to be out and true to themselves. Following the screening, there will be a discussion and a question-and-answer session with several of the film’s stars.

Since its release, “The Year We Thought About Love” has been screened at schools, universities and conferences throughout the country and has received favorable reviews for its portrayal of the complex, multiplicitous identities of the troupe members. The group that produced the film, True Colors OUT, was also presented with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Award by Michelle Obama in 2016. True Colors is the first LGBTQ group ever to win this award.

OUTSpoken, an annual speaker series on the UNC Charlotte campus showcasing LGBTQ+ speakers and creating a forum for discussion of LGBTQ issues, this year is celebrating its 12th anniversary. The OUTSpoken event is open and free to the public as well as to the UNC Charlotte community. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6pm in McKnight Hall at UNC Charlotte Cone Center.

For more information, contact Terri Rhodes (trhodes@uncc.edu) or Erica Lennon (EricaLennon@uncc.edu). This program is made possible by generous assistance from the Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund, the 49er Family Fund, Counseling and Psychological Services, Women's & Gender Studies, the Department of Philosophy and the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics.

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