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A community choir, award-winning documentary, and a discussion of discrimination in the workplace and housing are all on tap for Holland’s 8th annual Gay & Lesbian Pride event on June 28 at the Park Theater, 248 S. River Ave.
The activities will begin at 7 p.m. with a performance by “In Harmony,” an all inclusive community choir started by Marty Kiefer, who also founded and directed the West Michigan Gay Men’s Chorus. The choir features people of various ages and sexual orientation and its goal is to bring about change and understanding through “beautiful, meaningful and life-changing music,” said Kiefer.
At 8 p.m., the award-winning documentary “Out at Work” will be shown. The film follows a cook who was fired for “failing to demonstrate normal heterosexual values” and also includes the stories of an auto worker and librarian who seek workplace safety and job security. It was the winner of the GLAAD Award for outstanding documentary of the year and the Golden Apple Award from the National Educational Media Network.
The one-hour documentary will be followed by a discussion led by Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan’s LGBT Project. Kaplan will speak about the current status of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace and housing in Michigan and field questions from the audience.
Dessert will be served and refreshments will be available. All of the events are free, with good will offerings accepted.
The event is sponsored by the PFLAG Holland/Lakeshore chapter and Holland is Ready.