Ian McKellen

Highlights from 35 years of queer storytelling at Outfest Los Angeles

Highlights from 35 years of queer storytelling at Outfest Los Angeles

When Outfest — Los Angeles’ leading LGBTQ film festival — was started in 1982 by UCLA students, its aims were modest. Organizers just wanted to increase the visibility of LGBTQ people with a space where films by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer folk were celebrated.

Thirty-five years later, what was once known as the Los Angeles International Gay & Lesbian Film & Video Festival is an 11-day tour de force of film (and TV) screenings, panel discussions and other happenings throughout the city, and the mission is about more than just being seen.

“Some people might think that this is just about queer visibility and once you’re seen everywhere,...

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