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Outfest Kicks off With Emotional Speech from Executive Director Steven Gutwillig

As the 24th annual Outfest kicked off over the weekend in Los Angeles, Executive Director Stephen Gutwillig addressed the sold out crowd of downtown's historic Orpheum theatre with a truly moving speech.

Please read on to share in Gutwillig's words, reprinted in their entirety.

“I've been going to gay and lesbian film festivals for over 20 years, and I'm always struck by the power of these family gatherings to make change and to offer sanctuary. During these 12 joyous days of same sex celluloid, we aren't delightful secondary characters who merely ornament the main

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