With a record two thirds of films made by women, people of color, and trans creators, Outfest is leading the charge for inclusion.

As far as gay film festivals go, Outfest takes the cake. Now in its 36th year, the Los Angeles-based festival is the country’s leading LGTBQ film festival, supporting independent queer film and filmmakers for over three decades. This year, two thirds of the program is directed by women, people of color, and/or trans filmmakers. “The reason we put on this festival is to encourage the LGBTQ community and the wider community — mainstream culture — to recognize the inherent value and infinite diversity,” said Outfest head programmer Lucy Mukerjee.

In response to President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean issued the following statement:

"The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court leaves no doubt about President Trump’s intent to roll back fairness, equality, and justice in this country for decades to come.

Even at unconventional arts showcases like LGBTQ film festivals, representation for those who aren’t cis-gender, white men has proven to be an ongoing struggle. So, it’s a particular accomplishment that an impressive two-thirds of the films at this year’s Outfest Los Angeles — which opened yesterday and runs through July 22 —come from directors who are women, of color or trans. We spoke with Outfest’s Director of Programming Lucy Mukerjee about this inclusionary cinematic feat.

Kirk Walker is an Angeleno at heart, and almost by birth.

The Woodland Hills native went to school at UCLA, where he also made a name for himself on the Bruins’ softball coaching staff. Before he had graduated with his bachelor’s degree, he had already won three NCAA National Championships with the team.

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