My first experience of the gay community? I really don't know. I can't actually remember. I have always been aware of the gay community, but I don't think I really started taking part in it until I first started going to the Out Takes Film Festival here in Wellington. Several years after first going to see films in this festival, I started running the theatre that hosts it and got to know all the hard-working, passionate people who organize it every year.
The films they select are diverse and interesting, particularly the documentaries. The funniest thing is how segregated the audiences are - women only for the girl films, men only for the boy ones. But the crowds are always great to deal with because they know how lucky they are to have this event reflecting their world and their interests.
When I lost that job last year, one of the hardest parts was knowing I would no longer get to be a part of this festival, one of the few festivals the community it's aimed at really gets behind.
Have you ever gone to a queer film festival? Did you enjoy it?
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