LGBTQ Film Festival Pops Up in Unexpected Place: Rural Oklahoma

When Kelly White was younger, she left her small town in Oklahoma for the bigger cities of Tulsa and Oklahoma City. There, she was pleasantly surprised by the inclusiveness the LGBTQ community encountered. When she returned to her hometown about 15 years ago, she decided to try to bring some of that inclusiveness with her.

Now, 15 years later, she’s still at it. White is the co-founder of a new LGBTQ film festival in McAlester, a small Oklahoma town better known for being the site of the state’s penitentiary than for its LGBTQ community.

“I think with Pride month anywhere from June to September, it’s a great time to celebrate Pride,” White said. “We don’t have a Pride event here in McAlester, so this is our way of providing a diversity weekend.”

A poster for the new Glitter! LGBTQ film festival