ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights is sponsoring two film screenings at Cinemapolis this month focusing on pivotal moments and key figures in the struggle for LGBT rights.

“Stonewall Uprising” is a 2010 documentary tracking how the 1969 police raid and subsequent demonstrations at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, propelled a national movement for gay rights. The film will air at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green St. A panel discussion will follow, with Larry Roberts of the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission and Kate Shanks-Booth, director of Tompkins County Youth Services as confirmed speakers.

A week later, the 1996 documentary “A Litany for Survival” will explore the life and work of Audre Lorde, a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” in her own words. Lorde’s poetry and prose probed the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class, steering lesbian-feminist thought through the 1980s and becoming even more influential after her death, at the age of 58, in 1992.

“A Litany for Survival” will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 at Cinemapolis, after a 6:30 p.m. introduction by Ithaca College Professor Elisabeth Nonas, who specializes in screenwriting and writing for emerging media. After the film, a panel discussion will feature Nia Nunn, professor of education at IC and president of the board at Southside Community Center, and Nancy Bereano, who edited the Feminist Series at Crossings Press, which published Lorde’s “Sister Outsider,” before founding Firebrand Books in Ithaca and publishing Lorde’s collection “A Burst of Light.”

Both screenings are free and open to all. Call the Office of Human Rights at 607-277-4080 for additional information.

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at or 607-391-0328.