CLAGS and the Community

Women Make Movies

Women Make Movies, North America’s largest non-profit distributor of films and videos by and about women, has participated with CLAGS in an ongoing discussion of arts censorship and advocacy. WMM has recently announced its new releases and upcoming screenings. Women Make Movies welcomes 1999 with a Retrospective of the Fi I ms of U I ri ke Ottinger, beginning january 28 at Anthology Film Archives, and ending February 20 with the celebrated johanna d’Arc of Mongolia, starring Delphine Seyrig. Headlining their new releases are: the comic and thought-provoking jewish lesbian odyssey, Treyf, by local filmmakers Alisa Lebow and Cynthia Madansky; Barbara Hammer’s historical look at lesbian artists, The Female Closet; The Righteous Babes, Pratibha Parmar’s exploration of feminism in 90s rock music; joyce Warshaw’s portrait of a working class lesbian activist, Some Ground to Stand On; and Samba/ Be/can in San Francisco, a poetic and intimate documentary about expatriate Singaporean lesbians by Madeline Lim. The new year also brings a new season of the WMM Media Workshop Series, designed to train and support independent women film and video makers at a low cost and in a supportive environment. For booking or other information on these titles or the workshops, or to join the WMM e-mai l list for events and screenings, e-mai l them at info@wmm.com. Check out their new website for a full catalog and much more at http://www.wmm.com.

Equality Begins at Home

Equality Begins at Home (EbaH) is a national campaign to strengthen, unite, and promote equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities at the state level. Paula Ettelbrick, former CLAGS Board member, is the national coordinator for EbaH. During the week of March 21-27, 1999, each state and territory across the country will engage in an unprecedented week of nationally coordinated actions. New York State actions are being coordinated by a diverse Steering Committee and the Empire State Pride Agenda. “We have seen that civil rights, health care access, hate crimes, school safety, adoption, marriage and anti-gay initiatives are decided at the state level. Stronger coalitions between statewide and local LGBT groups are necessary to face the challenges from the rei igious right, and to hold local and state public officia ls accountable to LGBT communities and our allies,” says Patty Penalosa, EbaH Steering Committee member from New York City. Many local groups are planning exciting events, such as a local newspaper ad campaign, in-district visits to state legislators, photo-text exhibits on lesbian and gay seniors and families in our state capita l, display of the AIDS Quilt, and a town meeting on sexual liberation. Contact Alana Samuels, NYS Coordinator of EbaH, at (212) 627-0305, asamuels@espany.org, to discuss how you can get involved in this exciting event! Go to www.espany.org for more information about what other groups are doing and plans for statewide activities. With your help, Equality Begins at Home activities will increase our visibility across the state and recruit new allies, helping build coalitions that will last well beyond March!