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Frameline Statement On Orlando

June 13, 2016

A Message From Frameline’s Executive Director Frances Wallace

San Francisco, CA, June 13, 2016 — Frameline is deeply saddened by the atrocity of the Orlando shootings. Our hearts, energy and sympathy go out to all the LGBTQ lives lost and to their families and friends at this time. Frameline will honor the victims of the Orlando shooting prior to the screening of Opening Night Film KIKI at the Castro Theatre, at 7pm on June 16.

On the eve of Frameline’s 40th anniversary, we understand that the work we do—to educate, and open hearts and minds through queer media—is far from over. We are steadfast in our commitment to provide a welcoming, inclusive, safe and joyous space for our community and allies to come together and share their stories through film.

In light of the Orlando shootings, Frameline is currently reviewing best practices with the city, alongside many local LGBTQ groups, for increased security throughout the Festival. We want to reassure all of our constituents that Frameline will implement whatever additional security measures are deemed appropriate to ensure all participants are safe and secure in Festival spaces.

It is worth noting that Frameline40 includes several documentaries examining the social injustices carried out against LGBTQ people, and especially people of color, across this country. These films offer an opportunity for insight, reflection and action. In fact, one Frameline40 documentary, UPSTAIRS INFERNO, details the 1973 arson at a New Orleans gay bar, which, until yesterday, was the single most-deadly attack on LGBTQ lives.

We must all stand strong and honor the tragic loss of those individuals in Orlando. We must continue to gather and educate ourselves and know that together as an LGBTQ community we can continue to create real change.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Orlando victims and their families and friends.

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