Our own Rick Rose lives in Shreveport, LA, and has written about the movie industry’s doings in the Deep South. Who knew there was a North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, let alone that it was held in Shreveport? Bruce Vilanch knew . . .
From the Huffington Post:
I met the mayor of Shreveport, La. recently. He weighs 400 pounds, is about as black as it gets, and is straight. His name is Cedric. I met him at the Lesbigay Film Festival. That’s not its real name, of course, although his real name is Cedric. Its real name is something far more exotic and abbreviation-able (SLBGTFF, http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifor letters along those lines), but it’s a lesbigay film festival, all right, and I was one of its opening-night attractions. In Shreveport. Louisiana.
Shreveport is not what we — the imperial we who live on one of the coasts — think it is, and it took a gay and lesbian film festival for me to realize this. Why else would someone like me be in Shreveport, or its sister metropolis, Bossier City, directly across the Red River?