These are heady days for the gay and lesbian community, with Supreme Court decisions and public-opinion polls reflecting startling shifts in views on issues such as gay marriage. Not surprisingly, the upcoming edition of the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival projects these changing attitudes.
The festival, which begins Thursday and runs through July 21, comes just two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California.
"I think films tend to reflect what is going on in society," noted KP Pepe, the festival's programming director. "Filmmakers and artists tend to be on the cutting edge of culture, so they are moving us forward."