Iconic film festival returns

As the world celebrates the eighth annual LGBT History Month—a month focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history—Portland will be hosting its annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Now in its 17th year, the festival collects movies from around presents them on Portland’s silver screens.

Starting Oct. 4, the film festival will be presenting nearly two dozen documentaries, short films and feature films that are made by or about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community for nine days at Cinema 21 and the Clinton Street Theater. Guest speakers and special attendees include Shane Bitney Crone, a filmmaker and LGBT activist whose film Bridegroom will be screening at the festival; Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, one of the first openly bisexual politicians in American history; and Oregon Supreme Court Justices Rives Kistler and Virginia Linder, amongst others.

The films on display at this year’s festival run the gamut of emotions, from the heartbreaking Bridegroom, documentary depicting the struggles and hardships Crone experienced after the death of his partner,;to the informative Breaking Through, a documentary about openly gay politicians; to the more light-hearted Superhero, the stand-up special of renowned transgender comedian Ian Harvie.

More information about LGBT History Month and the Portland Gay and Lesbian Film Festival can be found at: