Is It OK to Use That Word?


There’s a new film festival being held this weekend in Lewisburg.  It will feature two films making their West Virginia premieres.  “Skeleton Twins” starring former Saturday Night Live stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig and “To Be Takei,” featuring George Takei who played Mr. Sulu in the original TV “Star Trek” series but is now known for his gay and civil rights activism.
But the title of this film festival contains a certain word. For an explanation into the use of that word, Beth Vorhees went right to the film festival’s director Tim Ward.

"The reason we wanted to use the word queer is that it's an umbrella term.  And it's a term that encompasses everyone who has been affected or is being affected or identifies with the LGBTQ community."

"I'm a gay man.  I'm part of the LGBTQ community and I don't fear that word. I think it's a beautiful word.  It's a word that we've re-claimed to some extent to mean community."

And there’s another film festival next week.  Click here for more information about
the American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown October 30 to November 2.