Film Shows Realness of Black Gay Love

Gay life and HIV in the black community is the subject of this month’s film series at the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center.

A special screening of “Tongues United” begins Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at the museum located in Wilton Station (1201 N.E. 26th Street, Suite 111, Wilton Manors).

“This groundbreaking film depicts homophobia & stigma surrounding homosexuality/HIV in the black community,” reads a news release from the museum. “It also features black men loving black men as a revolutionary act.”
Martin Shaw, KiKi Project coordinator at the Pride Center, is expected to introduce the film and lead a conversation. Christopher Bates, Director of the Department of HIV Men’s Prevention for the State of Florida, is scheduled to participate in the discussion as well.

“Tongues United” created quite a stir upon its initial release in 1989 with its frankness of homosexuality and prejudice in the black community. During the 1992 U.S. presidential election, Republican candidate Pat Buchanan cited the film as “pornographic art” funded by the George H.W. Bush administration.

A $5 donation to the museum is asked but not required for admission. Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call 954-390-0550 or www.worldaidsmuseum.org


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