SYRACUSE AIDS Community Resources staffers sang along a little and boogied a little setting up for a press conference last week as Age of Aquarius blared on the sound check and Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same filled the Palace Theater big screen. The wording, title of one of this year’s Sundance Film Festival award winners, was a teaser for the offerings upcoming at ACR’s eQuality Film Festival, Sunday, October 9, at the Palace. Proceeds from the first annual festival will benefit ACR’s Q Center, a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and their allies to gather, share, hang out, have fun and build healthy relationships with supportive adults and peers.
ACR Executive Director Michael Crinnin announced that the Allyn Foundation has provided funding to create a development position for Moe Harrington — SALT Award winning actor, last seen locally as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate — who has put the festival together with support from LGBT business owners and operators. Local film maker Erin Davies’ Fagbug opens the festival at 2 p.m., followed by Nottingham graduate Drew Emery’s Inlaws and OUTLAWS at 4:30 including a talkback with the director. Codependent Lesbian tops it all off at 7:30. Tickets, $10 for one film, $25 for all day and a VIP pass with reception and free popcorn for $50, can be had from ACR, 627 West Genesee St., Syracuse 13204. For information, call 472-6515.
Crinnin noted that bullying and harassment of LGBTQ youth make them three times more likely to drop out of school and is the leading cause of teen suicide, emphasizing the need to maintain the Q Center as a safe space leading to a safer community. His message was underscored the day after the press conference when The New York Times reported eight suicides in two years in the suburban Anoka-Hennepin school district, Minnesota’s largest, with four of them resulting from the bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students.