Gay-Themed Movie Night - Upstairs Inferno

  • 16 Sep 2018
  • 4:30 PM
  • 735 State Street, Santa Barbara


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The Great Outdoors September Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "Upstairs Inferno"

Forty-five years ago, in New Orleans an arsonist set fire to a gay bar and social club killing 32 people.  It is considered one of the largest gay mass murders in history.

What's truly surprising is, except for those who were there, few have known why it happened or who was involved, or even that the event happened at all......until now.

The Great Outdoors presents a very moving and telling documentary, “Upstairs Inferno”, which explores the place, the people, and the impact of what happened that fateful June day in 1973.  How the power of the human spirit, of community and love overcame prejudices, ignorance and fear in confronting such a tragedy.  What's more, the documentary highlights specific events of that time and place that exposed and foretold broader issues affecting the LGBTQ community across the country.

Also, we will have a very special guest, Fr. Paul Breton, one of those featured in the movie, for a Q&A session afterwards.  He was in New Orleans right after the fire, having been invited there on a mission to help heal and support a traumatized community.  Years later Paul along with Greg Carmack founded the gay camping club Great Outdoors in 1978.   He has and continues to play a very important part in the support and empowerment of the LGBTQ community.  Following the Q&A join us for an informal reception with Paul at the top floor conference room and viewing deck that overlooks downtown Santa Barbara.

Admission is free, but reservations are required as seating is limited. You must RSVP here to reserve your space.

A donation jar will be set out to help defray costs.

Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Start time: Arrive at 4:30pm, Q&A and rooftop reception to follow.

Location: 735 State Street (The Balboa office building amidst Paseo Nuevo) in downtown Santa Barbara. Movie will be shown in the downstairs theater (follow the signs).  Reception at 6th floor conference room.

If you’re someone who is interested in the history of the early gay movement, how this event was almost totally ignored by the broader community of the time, and how from such a tragedy, our community rallied and became stronger, this is one documentary you don’t want to miss! 

Please click the RSVP button if attending.

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