Queer Lounge Returns To Sundance For Fifth Year; Added as Official GLAAD Media Program

New York (October 22, 2007) — Enhancing its ongoing entertainment media advocacy, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced today that Queer Lounge, the central meeting point for queer-friendly filmmakers and professionals at film festivals, has been added to its media programs portfolio.

Dedicated to facilitating greater public awareness of queer film through educational panels, events and hospitality services, Queer Lounge will run January 18-24, 2008 during Sundance and other film festivals happening concurrently in Park City, Utah and will be held at 608 Main Street, in the heart of festival activities.

"We are in an historic era of gay visibility in film," says GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "As our community fights every day for equality before the law, Queer Lounge helps change hearts and minds by broadening the reach of independent films telling the stories of every day lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people."

Queer Lounge was founded independently in 2003 by former film executive Ellen Huang to build bridges between mainstream and queer-friendly films and professionals. Through its educational programming and central location at festivals, Queer Lounge increases the crossover appeal of films with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) content. GLAAD has licensed Queer Lounge as a media program to complement its ongoing entertainment media advocacy.

"Over the past five years, Queer Lounge has become a trusted advocate for queer-friendly films and filmmakers," said Huang. "Joining with GLAAD will take Queer Lounge to the next level and enable it to become an even more powerful resource for the industry."

"Queer Lounge offers a vital opportunity to raise the visibility of films with gay content as a means of increasing understanding and tolerance," says GLAAD Senior Director of Media Programs Rashad Robinson. "The addition of Queer Lounge to GLAAD's programmatic efforts increases our capacity to ensure fair, accurate and inclusive representations of our community in the media."

During the 2008 festivals in Park City, Queer Lounge will host similar educational and industry discussions, as well as GLAAD's "And the Nominees Are" event announcing the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees. ABSOLUT® Vodka, an inaugural sponsor of Queer Lounge in 2004, will return as a Presenting Sponsor in 2008.

Queer Lounge has previously had a successful presence during Sundance and at the Toronto International Film Festival®. Panel discussions are held during each festival centering on thematic ties of LGBT films. During the 2007 festivals in Park City, Queer Lounge hosted several panel discussions, including the panel "Gays, Faith & Film," featuring the cast and filmmakers of For the Bible Tells Me So and Save Me, and the producer of A Jihad for Love. The panel explored how the three films navigated the reconciliation of religious faith with gay orientation, and was broadly declared by attendees as one of the best panel discussions they had ever attended during the festivals in Park City.

At the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, Queer Lounge hosted an invitation-only industry brunch followed by a panel discussion entitled "Post-Brokeback: New Horizons in Financing LGBT Film." At that festival, and at the Park City festivals each year from 2004 through 2007, Queer Lounge has also produced a comprehensive Program Guide to films with LGBT content or filmmakers.

For more information on Queer Lounge, please visit www.queerlounge.org

About GLAAD

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org.

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