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Laredo Film Society to Screen ‘Rocketman’ and Host Pride Month Party

Pride month is in full swing in Laredo, and a local organization is kicking off its celebrations by hosting a film by one of the most iconic members of the LGBTQIA+ community since the 1970s.

The Laredo Film Society will host a screening and party showing Elton John’s biopic “Rocketman,” Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Los Olvidados Coffee Shoppe, 309 Flores Avenue.

Admission is $10 and an after party will take place after the screening.

“We will be hosting a screening of Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ in 2019 at the Los Olvidados Coffee Shoppe,” said LFS co-founder and board member Gabriela A. Treviño. “LNF Distributors is sponsoring the event and will be on hand with drinks for ages 21 and up. After the movie, there will be two back-to-back DJ sets from DJ Brava and DJ Bratty Prince for those who wish to dance and keep the party going in the night.

According to Trevino, the Laredo Film Society celebrates Pride Month because it wants to celebrate the accomplishments of the LGBTQIA+ community and establish itself as an openly allied organization.

Trevino also states that the reason they chose the Elton John film was that it is a positive motley film instead of focusing on the negative connotations associated with belonging to the community.

“‘Rocketman’ falls within the theme of Pride Month as it is a celebration of the life and accomplishments of award-winning musician Elton John,” she said. “We specifically chose this particular movie because we wanted something uplifting rather than sad or outrageous. Unfortunately, gay-themed movies tend to exploit these narratives, and we wanted to go in a different direction.

The LFS co-founder says things are better for the community than they were just two or three decades ago. However, she said there are still a lot of people who are afraid to come out these days because some elements of the city’s culture are not very tolerant.

“In 2022, Laredo is in a very different state than it was in the 1990s and 2000s when I was growing up,” Trevino said. “However, it’s still a long way to go in terms of acceptance. Knowing that people are still afraid to come out in Laredo is heartbreaking. Knowing that families are rejecting loved ones after coming out is infuriating.

Trevino hopes that continuing to celebrate Pride Month every year in Laredo and having many organizations like the LFS join the cause can help increase awareness and cultural acceptance in the community.

“We would like to extend our family and the community that we have created to those people who feel rejected,” Trevino said. “I don’t know how we can change people to be more accepting of the LGBTQIA+ community, as homophobia is deeply rooted in many cultural, religious and political practices within our community. However, I do know that there are many people who love their brother, sister, mother, father, friend, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.