January 30, 2023 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Disarm Hate Documentary Presented By onePULSE Foundation

The onePULSE Foundation announced its free virtual film screening of the director’s cut of the documentary, Disarm Hate, which takes place on Wednesday, May 19 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The onePULSE Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created following the mass shooting tragedy at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. The foundation was established to honor and preserve the legacy of those killed and to create a sanctuary of hope. 

The film screenings called Conversation Starters, is part of a broader Conversation Series, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin and Skanska.

“We are thrilled to partner with director Julianna Brudek to showcase her important work and to have courageous conversations with the panelists following the short film screening,” said Dr. Earl Mowatt, vice president of education at onePULSE Foundation.

Directed by Brudek and narrated by the iconic actor Harvey Fierstein, the film chronicles nine diverse LGBTQ+ activists who come together after the Pulse nightclub tragedy to join Jason P. Hayes, a hairdresser, and an activist from New Jersey who is on a crusade. Without political experience, Hayes builds a national rally to demand LGBTQ+ equal rights, fight the NRA, and challenge America’s obsession with gun violence. The film seeks to create awareness about gun violence against the LGBTQ+ community following the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

“It means the world to me to have the onePULSE Foundation, an organization that is championing a permanent memorial for the victims and families of this senseless tragedy help promote the film’s screening,” said Brudek. She added, ‘It is a natural fit as my film is also meant to educate, inspire, and pay homage to the victims and their loved ones.”

The panelists include Jason Hayes, founder of National Rally Disarm Hate in Washington D.C.; Filmmaker, Julianna Brudek; Cast member, Alexis Sanchez, Vice Chair of the City of West Hollywood; Executive Producer and cast member, Ashlee-Marie Preston, journalist and activist, the first trans woman to become editor-in-chief of a national publication, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and the first openly trans person to run for state office in California; Vic Gerami, American journalist, LGBT activist, host and producer of the radio show THE BLUNT POST with VIC and the editor and publisher of The Blunt Post.

To RSVP for Disarm Hate, please select this link: https://bit.ly/3g7pfPu

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