Rural Oregon OUT IN THE SILENCE Tour

The Out in the Silence Tour is coming to rural Oregon!

Out in the Silence is a movement documentary – in that it brings to us a story of regular people entering into dialogue, stumbling, struggling, revealing their hearts – and the skilled filmmaking allows us to see this very human process as part of a bigger story. This film is courageous, thoughtful, patient, and gives us the strength to be so as well.

That’s why we are honored that longtime ROP friend Joe Wilson with his partner Dean Hamer, directors of the film Out in the Silence, will be joining us in rural Oregon for a whirlwind 10 day tour. Each stop on the tour will feature a film screening, and a conversation with the directors, but the true gems of the tour will be the facilitated community dialogues about what life is like for LGBTQ people in rural Oregon.  For more background on the tour, see here.

The tour will be stopping in the following towns.  Except for the Portland tour kick-off, all tour stops are free of charge, though optional donations towards tour costs will be accepted.

Thursday, November 4th – Portland
* Part of the NW Film Center’s Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film series
* 7pm at Whitsell Auditorium: 1219 SW Park Avenue in Portland
* Admission is $9

Friday, November 5th – Corvallis
* Screening & Discussion 5pm to 7pm, at Oregon State University in the Memorial Union Room 211
* Pizza and popcorn will be provided!

Saturday, November 6th – Scappoose
* Organized by the Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity
* 10:30am at Scappoose Cinema 7: 33520 SW Edward Lane in Scappoose

Sunday, November 7th – Lincoln County
* Organized by Oregon Central Coast PFLAG
* 3pm at the Atonement Luthern Church: 2315 North Coast Highway in Newport
* Sponsored by Atonement Lutheran Church, St. Stephen’s Church (Newport), St. Luke’s Church (Waldport), St. James Church (Lincoln City), Toledo Methodist Church, Yachats Presbyterian Church, Interfaith Community Peace & Justice Team, Centro de Ayuda, Newport LGBTQ Taskforce, Coastal AIDS Network, Atonement Lutheran church, Newport High GSA, Taft High GSA, Oregon Coast Community College Triangle Club

Monday, November 8th – Hermiston
* Organized by the Umatilla Morrow Alternatives
* 12:30pm at Blue Mountain Community College, Hermiston campus, Room 210

Monday, November 8th – Pendleton
* Organized by Pendleton PFLAG
* 6:30pm at Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton campus, in the Auditorium of Pioneer Hall

Tuesday, November 9th – Baker City
* Private event organized by the Baker High School Gay Straight Alliance

Tuesday, November 9th – La Grande
* Organized by the Eastern Oregon University Gay Straight Alliance, NE Oregon queers & CURRENTS
* 6pm in Huber Auditorium at Eastern Oregon University
* Sponsored by the EOU Multicultural Center, EOU Associated Student Government, EOU Democrats, Womens Resource Center

Wednesday, November 10th – Redmond
* Organized by the Human Dignity Advocates and Front Porch Group
* 3pm to 5pm at the Redmond Library on Deschutes Avenue

Wednesday, November 10th – Bend
* Organized by the Human Dignity Coalition
* Central Oregon Community College

Thursday, November 11th – Klamath Falls
* Organized by the Klamath Basin Lambdas
* 12pm at the United Church of Christ: 2154 Garden Ave in Klamath Falls

Thursday, November 11th – Grants Pass
* Organized by Grants Pass PFLAG
* 6:30pm at the Anne Basker Auditorium: 604 NW 6th Street in Grants Pass

Friday, November 12th – Medford
* Organized by the Southern Oregon University Queer Resource Center
* 12pm at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center Presentation Hall at 101 S. Bartlett in Medford
* Sponsored by the SOU Queer Resource Center, Lotus Rising Project, Peace House, and the Community Response Team

Friday, November 12th – Roseburg
* Organized by CLUB QUEER
* 4pm at the Douglas County Museum at the Fairgrounds (Exit 123 off the I-5)
* Film screening to be followed by a DANCE PARTY at 7pm

Saturday, November 13th – Astoria
* Organized by the Clatsop County Marriage Equality Project
* 2pm at the Columbian Theater: 1102 Marine Drive in Astoria

If you want more information about any of these stops, contact us at the Rural Organizing Project and we’ll give you contact information for the local group.

Also remember that every day is an opportunity to screen this film in your community, at a library or other public space, and start the important dialogue about fairness, dignity, and inclusion for LGBTQ people.  Contact us if you want to do this, and we’d love to support you!  Also check out these materials:

* Out in the Silence Discussion Guide by Active Voice

* Recommendation from the American Library Association

* Review of Out in the Silence from Christianity Today