OUT Here


In April 2017, the Nick launched OUT Here– a community-curated and monthly LGBTQ series screening films of all genres.

A group of local folks met in February to brainstorm film selections.  What was the first gay film you saw?  What was the first gay film that changed your life, made you laugh, broke your heart, lifted your imagination, gave you hope?  Those are some of the films we want to see.  

When I first moved to South Carolina, I loved attending the annual Banned in South Carolina festival at the Nickelodeon…Many of the censored films were LGBTQ-themed…This was before Will and Grace, before Ellen, well before Adam Lambert or Caitlyn Jenner. Like a lot of other Southern queers, I had a hunger—a hunger for stories like my own. A film with gay or lesbian or queer characters was an amazing thing to me – that was my life, the life of my friends up there on the screen.  A story like mine, a story like ours.

Usually, though, those films took place somewhere else. Even our legislators, for years, acted as if there weren’t any queer folk here. People like that were always somewhere else, not here.

Well, we’re here. And we’re out. Out here.

Ed Madden, Director of Women’s & Gender Studies
Department of English Language and Literature


Special thanks to our series sponsors: 

SC Equality PAC
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride
South Carolina Gay + Lesbian Business Guild
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Darryl Cooper
John Lucas
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Lula Drake
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson
James Hendrick and Richard Irwin
Ruth and Walker Rast


Jun 12

Velvet Goldmine

A dazzling glam-rock spectacular about a fictitious love affair between David Bowie and Iggy Pop, imagined by a passionate, queer fan. A thrilling journey through folk, glam, and punk, inspired by Ziggy Stardust and Oscar Wilde (who the film suggests was brought to earth by aliens).  

It's been 10 years since superstar Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) faked his own death and vanished from the spotlight. Now, it's the job of investigative reporter Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) to locate this living legend and uncover the truth behind his disappearance. As Stuart digs deeper into Slade's life and relationship with American rockstar Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor), coincidences and complications turn his investigation into an obsession.

Directed by Todd Haynes.

Jul 10

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion, and Disco

During the 1970s, Puerto Rican-born, Bronx-raised illustrator Antonio Lopez took the fashion industry by storm, reigniting interest in drawings of high-end apparel. With influences including technicolor, Tropicália, and breakdancing, Lopez rendered artworks for publications like Vogue that celebrated black and brown bodies, paving the way for greater diversity in the 1980s.

Directed by James Crump.