Pratt Institute | 200 Willoughby Avenue
Location: Alumni Reading Room, Pratt Library, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn Campus
Language and Film: Currents in Queer and Trans Media presents "Out in the Night" followed by a discussion with Director Blair Dorosh
Out in the Night is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians who are out, one hot August night in 2006, in the gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. As they and their friends walk under the hot neon lights of tattoo parlors in the West Village, an older man sexually and violently confronts them. After the group fights in self-defense, three of the women plead guilty. But Renata, Patreese, Venice, and Terrain claim their innocence. They are called a “Gang of Killer Lesbians” by the media. In activist circles they become known as The New Jersey 4 (NJ4). Through the lives of these four young women, Out in the Night reveals how their race, gender identity, and sexuality became criminalized in the mainstream news media and criminal legal system. Refreshments provided.
Co-Sponsored by Humanities and Media Studies, Queer Pratt, and the Pratt Institute Libraries.