PFLAG Vancouver benefit screening of B.C. queer families documentary relocated after SFU panel controversy

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      An upcoming film screening will offer an opportunity to reflect upon the lives of queer families in British Columbia.

      Reel Causes is presenting a benefit screening for PFLAG Vancouver, which is dedicated to supporting families and friends of LGBT people, for the local documentary My Dads, My Moms and Me.

      In the 2007 documentary Fatherhood Dreams, Vancouver filmmaker Julia Ivanova followed four gay men who—in the wake of Canada’s legalization of same-sex marriage—in their pursuit of becoming parents through surrogacy, co-parenting, or adoption.

      Twelve years later, Ivanova has followed that film up with My Dads, My Moms and Me to revisit the daily lives these men and their children, who are now teenagers.  

      My Dads, My Moms and Me

      After news arose about a panel discussion scheduled to be held at SFU Woodwards featuring individuals with views deemed by LGBT activists and allies as transphobic, including controversial Feminist Current founder Meghan Murphy, PFLAG Vancouver notified Reel Causes in October about their concerns.

      As a social-justice organization, Reel Causes supported their request to relocate and reschedule the event.

      Consequently, the event will now be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday (November 30) at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway). 

      Ivanova, family members from the film, and a PFLAG representative will participate in a post-screening discussion.

      For more information about the event, visit the Reel Causes website.