Pensacola, Florida
Saturday May 26th 2018


‘A more equal Pensacola’

by Jennifer Leigh

Since kicking off the first Pensacola LGBT Film Festival in 2012, the non-profit event has been growing as the overall support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community continues to grow in the panhandle and beyond.

But with growth comes cost, and to help sustain the free event, film festival organizers are asking for support to an Indiegogo campaign. The goal is set at $10,000 and ends August 2.

“We know Pensacola has come a long way in the past few years, but we still have an uphill battle on the road to equality,” said one of the festival founders, Sara Latshaw in the campaign video. “This film festival is just one way that our community can come together to show that we are welcoming and ready for a more equal Pensacola.”

Latshaw, who is also the North Florida Regional Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has said the event is not specifically for the LGBT community, but “for the entire community.”

“The Pensacola LGBT Film Festival is a great experience for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities,” added volunteer Jess O’Leary. “The films we select show not only LGBT stories, but human stories. Everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, can enjoy our festival.”

The festival has been a huge community effort with volunteers and interns contributing to the event’s success. Volunteers O’Leary and Christin Campbell helped Latshaw get the Indiegogo campaign off the ground to ensure that the festival can continue to be free to everyone. Funds will also go towards a website.

“There has been a lot of support and good feedback from the community so far, which is always wonderful to hear. With the film festival, we hope to show that Pensacola is a welcoming city that is ready for progress,” O’Leary said.

Incentives such as t-shirts, VIP tickets and the chance to be a juror are included in the campaign. Donations of any increment help fund the event.

“Anyone can help fund the Pensacola LGBT Film Festival with the click of a button. It’s an easy and accessible way to get involved,” said O’Leary.