Miss Major Griffin-Gracy To Receive Kaleidoscope Humanitarian Award at Kaleidoscope 2016 Special Reception

Graphic by Mel Beltran

Graphic by Mel Beltran

Transgender Rights Advocate to Receive Kaleidoscope Humanitarian Award

LGBT Film Festival Recognizes Miss Major Griffin-Gracy
For 40 Year Fight

Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC), Center For Artistic Revolution (CAR), Central Arkansas Pride, and Human Rights Campaign Join in Recognizing Miss Major

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – (Aug. 12, 2016) Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival, a non-profit organization focused on providing innovative and unique programming and events that engage audiences hearts and minds, will award Miss Major Griffin-Gracy with the Kaleidoscope Humanitarian Award that recognizes individuals who have dedicated their life to fighting LGBTQ indifference, intolerance and injustice. A reception to honor Griffin-Gracy will be held at the Arkansas Innovation Hub from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. The award is part of the Kaleidoscope Film Festival held from August 18-21, 2016, at the Argenta Community Theater.

Griffin-Gracy’s is a life-long activist for transgender civil rights. She is a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and was incarcerated at Attica months after the 1971 Uprising. Her work includes mobile outreach and AIDS prevention. She also served as the executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), a grassroots organization advocating for trans women of color in and outside of prison that is led by trans women of color.  

“We choose Miss Major to receive the Kaleidoscope Humanitarian Award because she has dedicated her life to fighting for members of society that have too often been too easily ignored,” said Tony Taylor, Executive Director of the Film Society of Little Rock.” “She was fighting for trans rights long before many people even considered taking on this fight.”

Griffin-Gracy is the subject of “Major!,” a documentary film following more than 40 years of humanitarian and social outreach that greatly influenced the transgender civil rights movement, said Taylor. The film is the closing feature for the festival. 

“Major!” recently won U.S. Documentary Audience Award and Grand Jury Documentary Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival held this month.

The reception is an additional ticketed event not included in festival passes. Tickets are on sale for a suggested donation of $10 with all proceeds going to an honorarium for Miss Major.. For tickets, please visit kff.ticketbud.com/miss-major or www.kaleidoscopefilmfestival.com.  For your convenience you can use this form to order your tickets today:

Big Orange and ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood Pizza will provide food for the event held at Arkansas Innovation Hub, 201 E. Broadway St. in North Little Rock.

“Kaleidoscope is proud to be joined in honoring Miss Major by representatives of other LGBT organizations in the state including Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC), Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR), Central Arkansas Pride, and Human Rights Campaign,” said Taylor. 

Kaleidoscope is Arkansas's only major outlet for LGBT films and filmmakers. Its mission is to provide innovative and unique programming that will engage the hearts and minds of audiences in the state of Arkansas and the surrounding region. 

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The Film Festival will take place at the Argenta Community Theater. Argenta Arts District is the Presenting Sponsor of the festival. To purchase festival passes, please visit kaleidoscopefilmfestival.com.

Kaleidoscope 2016 is presented by Argenta Arts District.
Kaleidosocpe is a production of the Film Society of Little Rock.