Welcome to Queer Lounge in Park City

January 16, 2009
The doors to Queer Lounge are open in the heart of Park City, Utah where both the Sundance and Slamdance film festival are currently taking place. Check out this message from GLAAD President Neil Giuliano about the importance of having a hub where LGBT filmmakers and allies can meet at the most influential festival in the country. Friends, GLAAD works every day to advocate for fair, accurate, and inclusive coverage of our lives in all types of media, and this year we are bringing the Queer Lounge program, presented by ABSOLUT® VODKA, back to Park City to raise visibility for the more than 40 films at Sundance and Slamdance film festivals that feature LGBT content or are made by LGBT filmmakers. ABSOLUT® presents Queer Lounge is located in the heart of Sundance at 608 Main Street and serves as the hub for LGBT filmmakers and allies to convene and network. We will host many events that will spark discussions with the film community about LGBT issues. Check out the guide to our exciting panels, which include a discussion about the cultural aftermath of California’s anti-gay Prop. 8 with Rob Epstein, Oscar®-winning director of The Times of Harvey Milk. Not going to Park City? We will be bringing Queer Lounge to you on glaadBLOG, where you will find video, photos and news from all the LGBT panels and events, as well as interviews with the filmmakers. Following the election, some suggested that our community and allies stay away from Park City. We respect those with a different view, but believe we must be here, be visible, and ensure the LGBT community has a place to come together. For many LGBT filmmakers, Sundance is the most important occasion to ensure their diverse stories about our community reach a broad audience, and nothing would make our adversaries happier than if the LGBT community was invisible at this critical entertainment industry gathering. We’re proud to support and raise visibility for this year’s class of LGBT films, and we know that these diverse voices and messages of inclusion have a ripple effect far beyond the border of Park City. In service, Neil Giuliano Neil Giuliano