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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Pride at the Cinema

With National Coming Out Day on October 11, October is a time when the LGBTQI community celebrates visibility. Locally, the Outwatch Festival, October 4–6, will focus on films featuring LGBTQI characters and themes. Kicking off the festival on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. will be Gay Chorus Deep South, a documentary about the journey of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir through Mississippi, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. On October 6 at 4 p.m. there will be a screening of Changing the Game, a doccie that explores the lives of three high school transgender athletes. These and most of the festival’s other feature films will be shown at the Rialto Cinema in Sebastopol. Find out more and purchase tickets, which are $12 for each film or $85 for a weekend pass, at For those more interested in reading than movie-going, the free Pride Book Club for Teens will meet on October 4, 4–5:30 p.m., at the Rohnert Park–Cotati Regional Library in Rohnert Park. Go to for more information.