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"Upstairs Inferno" film screening followed by Q&A with the director

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

Join us for the Collin County premier of Upstairs Inferno followed by a Q&A with its director, Robert Camina.

Wednesday, May 31, at the Angelika Film Center at The Shops at Legacy, Plano.

  • 6:30 PM Lobby Reception featuring treats donated by Celebrity Cafe and Bakery.

  • 7:00 PM Screening of Upstairs Inferno

  • 8:40 PM Directors Q&A

  • 8:55 PM Raffle

UPSTAIRS INFERNO is a full length film documenting the nearly forgotten Up Stairs Lounge arson: an event that remained the largest gay mass murder in U.S. History for 43 years. On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. For over four decades,it was the deadliest single event to affect the gay community in U.S. history. Despite the staggering historical significance, few people know about the tragedy.

Thirty-two people were killed and some bodies were never identified. One-third of the New Orleans chapter of the Metropolitan Community Church were killed in the blaze, including two clergy. The primary suspect was never charged with the crime. The tragedy did not stop at the loss of lives. There were also the delayed injuries, lost jobs, fear, public ridicule and severed families. The devastation was compounded by the homophobic reactions and utter lack of concern by the general public, government and religious leaders. The fire permanently altered lives and was the root of many lifelong struggles.

Tickets are $12 online or $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit GALA North Texas. GALA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation is fully tax-deductible.

Sponsorships are also available that include tickets to the screening.

Consider becoming a Diamond, Gold, or Silver sponsor and you will be supporting GALA's mission to educate on LGBT equality issues across North Texas.

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