It has been said that gays have a past but not a history. This weekend the LGBT community will be trying to change that interpretation. On Sunday July 26th, at 7PM, the premiere of the historical film “Swimming With Lesbians,” will be shown at the BUA Theatre, 119 Chippewa St. The cost is $25, and all proceeds will go to grants and educational scholarships for the LGBT community, according to Embrace Western New York board member Judy Dimitru. Embrace Western New York is a local, non-profit group helping the LGBT community and the promotion of the film. “Through education all things are possible,” she says.
The film follows the life of Madeline Davis as she tries to create a LGBT archives in Buffalo. This is something she has been doing for a long time now. She began collecting her information as early as the 1950’s. Filmmaker Dave Marshall got together with her to begin the documentary about her efforts to better the local LGBT foundation. “The aim of the movie is to show people that collecting raw data of LGBT community is very important,” says Madeline. She also explains that “it is more then just a simple movie, it is a political, emotional and social movement.” It is a celebration of everything the LGBT community has gone through and the fact that they have survived and are stronger now then ever before.
Show tickets can be bought in advance only. Following the movie premiere, there will be a question and answer forum and a wine and desert reception. This is a great opportunity to discover history that most people are not aware of. For more information visit Embrace WNY.