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LSUS Hosting “A Movie, A Meal, A Message” in Celebration of PRIDE

June 23, 2021

Shreveport, LA-In celebration of Pride Month, LSUS will be showing the local documentary "Small Town Rage: Fighting Back in the Deep South," eating a meal together, and discussing the importance of the work of ACT-UP Shreveport and the local LGBTQIA+ community.

The public event is hosted by LSUS' Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) and the LSUS Office of Counseling Services and will be held on June 29, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m..

LSUS aims to articulate its prioritization of inclusivity and diversity on campus and within the community.

"The importance of the human needs for respect and inclusion and their connection to mental health cannot be denied," Director of Counseling Services Angie Pellerin said. "Counseling Services on the LSUS campus strives to create a safe, supportive, and affirming environment. While our advocacy and support of LGBTQIA+ individuals is ever-present, June as Pride month is a moment we embrace to highlight the challenges and resilience of our LGBTQIA+ community members. Counseling Services is excited to collaborate with the DICE office to bring increased visibility to the courageous social justice accomplishments and grit of LGBTQIA+ members and allies residing right here in our own community."

David Hylan, one of the producers of the documentary, "Small Town Rage: Fighting Back in the Deep South," will share his experience and ways Shreveport can support the local LGBTQIA+ community.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting our very first official Pride Month Celebration," Dr. Kenna Franklin, Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, said. "In collaboration with LSUS Counseling Services, DICE is dedicated to amplifying voices from the LGBTQIA+ community that will allow us to better serve our students, faculty, and community constituents."

This all-ages, free event will be in the LSUS University Center Theatre. RSVPs are required. Contact Dr. Kenna Franklin at kenna.franklin@lsus.edu or 318-797-5084 to RSVP.

About Small Town Rage: Fighting Back in the Deep South
"Small Town Rage: Fighting Back in the Deep South" is an independent documentary by David Hylan and Raydra Hall that examines the work and influence of ACT-UP Shreveport in the conservative Deep South. During the early years of the AIDS pandemic, ACT-UP Shreveport sought to bring attention to the plight of those living with the disease, and also to bring about change in the way the government and the medical community reacted (or failed to react) to the crisis.

Taking its cues, though not direction, from the other larger chapters around the nation, ACT-UP Shreveport employed the same attention-grabbing protest tactics that were so successful in cities such as New York and San Francisco. In order to push back against the deeply ingrained conservative mindset of northwest Louisiana, the men and women of ACT-UP Shreveport staged protests, crashed meetings, raised their voices, and fought to be heard. As their individual stories will attest, their actions may not have made them popular, but their courage did lead to changes in the way local hospitals, government agencies, and even the public at large responded to the AIDS epidemic.

About LSUS
Founded in 1967, Louisiana State University Shreveport offers a wide array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree. The university's mission is to educate a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students; engage in regional and global thought leadership through community collaboration and service; and innovate to enhance the application of knowledge and intellectual discovery through faculty and student research and creative endeavors.

 
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