Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered people, friends, family and allies are invited to Rainbow Equality Evening Saturday, Oct. 8 at the First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway. After a 6 p.m. gathering for pizza, there will be 7 p.m. screening of “Out in America,” an hour-long 2011 documentary produced by Two Cats Productions in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

“Out in America” film weaves together a collection of diverse, transformative personal stories from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans from urban and rural America, from the heartland to New England and San Francisco to Harlem. Through these deeply moving and often humorous accounts, viewers will get a glimpse of awakenings, first crushes, unlikely soul mates, intimacy and liberation. While separated by circumstance and upbringing, the film’s subjects are all united in their shared experiences of self-discovery, coming out, pride and love, as well as a triumph over adversity and a true sense of belonging. Against the backdrop of historical events, each also traces individual hopes, struggles, influences and contributions towards advancements in equality and broad social change.

There will be a discussion following the film. All who support equality are welcome. For more information, contact the church office at 594-8750.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to