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
Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA
Robert Keenan and Brian Chen
Dr. Ed Madden and Bert Easter
Larry Hembree and Joe Hudson
James Hendrick and Richard Irwin
Ruth and Walker Rast
One of the first films to offer a thoughtful treatment of the AIDS epidemic and its effects on the gay community, Longtime Companion was directed by Norman Rene, who would die of AIDS himself in 1996.
The ensemble drama is told through a series of vignettes that begins with the first New York Times report on the mysterious "cancer" that had resulted in the deaths of a growing number of homosexual men and ends eight years later, after the disease has thoroughly and devastatingly affected the movie's close-knit core group of characters.
Pablo is a 40-year-old married father of two wonderful children. A role model and a practicing evangelical Christian, his perfect traditional life begins to crack when he falls in love with a man. Pablo finds his feelings in conflict with beliefs. His life becomes a hell of repressive intolerance when his family and his church decide to do whatever it takes to "cure him," forcing Pablo to suppress his urges through therapy.
Part of OUT Here series.