GLAAD makes it official at Sundance

Queer Lounge will widen its visibility in 2010

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GLAAD and the Sundance Institute are taking their relationship to the next level.

While the LGBT media advocacy and anti-defamation organization has held its Queer Lounge for filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival the past six years, it will become an official institute associate for the first time at the 2010 fest.

Queer Lounge has traditionally been the venue for LGBT-related panels and for gay and lesbian filmmakers to meet and host news conferences. CineGLAAD, a multiday event presented by Bud Light and Abreva, will widen the Lounge's reach and visibility.

Throughout the festival, GLAAD will host cineGLAAD at the Filmmaker Lodge, located on the second floor of the Elks Building on Main Street in Park City. Through panels and networking, cineGLAAD will celebrate and elevate films with LGBT content and the voices of filmmakers whose storytelling includes the visibility and inclusion of the LGBT community.

"LGBT inclusive films and LGBT filmmakers play important roles in bringing images to our culture that educate people about our lives and the diversity of our community," GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios said. "CineGLAAD will work to bring these stories to Americans by amplifying the voices of LGBT filmmakers and films with LGBT images at this integral film industry event."