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Documentary film set for national debut in May features LGBT student leadership work of Campus Pride; Advance screenings set throughout February, March

Powerful new film, ‘Legalize Gay: The Civil Rights Movement of a Generation,’ documents stories of LGBT young adult leaders fighting for equality and change

A special hometown premiere…

Campus Pride is proud to present a special “Legalize Gay” screening in Charlotte, where the organization is proudly based. Join us for two special screenings in Charlotte:

Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
1919 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte, NC, 28205

Feb. 11, 2 p.m.
LGBT Community Center
820 Hamilton St., Suite B11
Charlotte, NC, 28206

At both screenings, local LGBT community leaders, including newly-elected Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, will participate in a panel discussion and Q&A following the film.

“Legalize Gay: The Civil Rights Movement of a Generation,” a documentary film set to debut in May on the national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) TV network LOGO, is currently making special, advanced screenings to LGBT and ally audiences across the country.

Campus Pride and its student and young leaders are featured in the documentary, an incredibly inspiring film that captures the courage and conviction of a new generation of activists determined to close the deal on full equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The film’s director, Christopher Hines, has partnered with Campus Pride to provide special preview screenings of the films, including upcoming screenings at the Midwest LGBT College Conference at Iowa State University in Aimes, Iowa, on Feb. 10, and at the Campus Pride Carolinas Young Adult Leadership Summit at the Human Rights Campaign Carolina Gala in Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 24.

“Campus Pride is already doing so much in the struggle for LGBT equality at universities and colleges across the country. I hope ‘Legalize Gay’ can help in that effort,” Hines said. “The young people in the film are so inspiring.”

“’Legalize Gay’ is not only thought-provoking and inspirational, but very entertaining,” said Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer.

Featured in the film is “Camp Pride,” an annual event sponsored by Campus Pride, aimed at giving a new generation of LGBT activists the skills and support they need to flourish at their universities and colleges.

“It was so much fun and impressive to film such a diverse group of young people working together for a common cause – equality,” Hines said. “I hope we can get hundreds of students attending Camp Pride every year.”

A portion of each of the preview screening booking fees will help to provide scholarships for students to attend Camp Pride, held July 17-22, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Students can apply for Camp Pride scholarships at

Current National Screening Dates:
Sun., Jan. 29 — Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Thurs., Feb. 9 & Sat, Feb 11– Community Screening, Charlotte, NC
Fri., Feb. 10 — Midwest LGBT College Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Fri., Feb. 24 — Carolinas LGBT College Summit, Charlotte, NC
Fri., Feb. 24 — Western LGBT College Conference, Univ Pacific, Stockton, CA
Sat., Feb. 25 — University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Thurs., March 8 — Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Fri., March 30 — NorthEast LGBT College Conference, Sage College, Troy, NY
Wed., April 4 — Lock Haven University of PA, Lockhaven, PA
Tues., April 17 — CSU Chico, Chico, CA

For more information on booking a special advance screening of the film, visit Advance screenings cost $500.