Film is a powerful tool. It brings people together, engages them emotionally and can move them to action. You can use an Out in the Silence event to give voice to GLBT people in your community and dispel stereotypes, heighten awareness of the issues they face, and build bridges between to new allies “beyond the choir.”
The key to a successful event is to engage your audience in a way that enhances your goals. A Discussion Guide and Toolkit with tips for planning an event will be available soon.
Here are some popular types of events:
- Community Screening: A public screening and panel discussion designed to attract the widest possible range of community members and engage them in a conversation about the issues raised in the film.
- Town Hall Meeting: A forum in which local political, business, and religious leaders have an opportunity to meet community members and discuss how the issues raised in the film effect their lives. This type of event should be held in a neutral space so that all community members feel comfortable expressing their opinions.
- Grass Roots Organizing: A screening held in conjunction with a specific organizing effort such as campaigning for a piece of legislation.
- College and School Screenings: The real life stories in Out in the Silence are a powerful tool for multicultural and diversity education.
- House party: Invite some friends over to watch the film then talk about how to promote equality and justice in your community.
- Sunday School: Bring the film to your place of worship as a conversation starter about the intersection between religion and LGBT inclusion.
- Fundraiser: Make money through ticket sales and selling the movie DVD, the soundtrack CD, and t-shirts.
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