Pensacola LGBT film fest unveils new name

Now in its fourth year, Pensacola’s LGBT film festival has adopted a name that reflects a uniquely Pensacolian chapter in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, festival organizers announced this week.

The name — STAMPED: Pensacola LGBT Film Fest — was inspired by efforts of the LGBT community in the mid-1990s to highlight the impact of LGBT tourism. After some local officials and business owners spoke out against gay and lesbian visitors, including annual Memorial Day Weekend activities which draw tens of thousands of people to the area, many LGBT residents and visitors began to stamp the cash they spent with the words “GAY MONEY” and/or a pink triangle. That year, Christopher Street South, a local LGBT publication, estimated that gay and lesbian tourists spent $25 million annually in the area.

STAMPED: Pensacola LGBT Film Fest is set to hold this year’s festival from October 7-10, 2015. Admission to the festival is completely free. The nightly schedule for the festival is as follows:

Wednesday, October 7: 6:30pm @ Treehouse Cinema
Thursday, October 8: 6:30pm @ The Museum of Commerce
Friday, October 9: 6:30pm @ UWF Center for Fine & Performing Arts
Saturday, October 10: 7:00pm @ The East Hill Yard

Along with the new name, the festival has launched a new website at stampedfilmfest.com. You can also follow STAMPED on social media at facebook.com/pcolaLGBTfilmfest or twitter.com/stampedfilmfest.

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