New Century College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Getting Out - LGBT Asylum Film Screening

Johnson Center, Cinema
March 18, 2013, 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

The offices of Women and Gender Studies, LGBTQ Resources, African and African American Studies, the Folklore Department, the Office of International Programs and Services, and the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement are co-sponsoring a film screening and panel discussion on Monday, March 18, 4:30-7 p.m. in the JC Cinema. Getting Out, produced by the Refugee Law Project at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, explores the reality that for some LGBTI Africans, “coming out” is not an option. Before they can “come out,” they first have to “get out.” This means not only finding a way to escape the political forces promoting homophobia at home, but also  confronting the hypocrisies and failings of asylum systems around the world.

Filmed in Uganda, South Africa, Geneva, and London, Getting Out depicts the stories of five individuals navigating their way through this complex issue. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion on transnational sexualities and human rights featuring two top scholars in the field, Dr. Amy Shuman, author of Rejecting Refugees: Political Asylum in the 21st Century, and Dr. Wendy Hesford, author of Spectacular Rhetorics: Human Rights, Visions, Recognitions, Feminisms. Reception will follow the event. If you have any questions about the event, please email Marisa Allison at malliso6@masonlive.gmu.edu. All are welcome!

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