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Canada's Border Officials Seize Films Headed to Lesbian and Gay Film Fest

Canada's Border Officials Seize Films Headed to Lesbian and Gay Film Fest

Canadian customs officers seized three lesbian and gay-themed films enroute to Canada's Inside Out LGBT film festival, according to Xtra.com. Officials gave no explanation for the seizure and the films will remain in custody until officials have had a chance to personally screen them for offensive content. The films seized were I Can't Think Straight starring Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth, Clapham Junction and Patrik 1.5.

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Canada's customs officers seized three lesbian and gay-themed films enroute to Canada's Inside Out LGBT film festival, according to Xtra.com. Officials gave no explanation for the seizure and the films will remain in custody until officials have had a chance to personally screen them for offensive content.

Director Shamim Sarif's cross-cultural lesbian-themed comedy I Can't Think Straight starring Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth, Adrian Shergold's made-for-TV Clapham Junction, about a group of South London gay men, and Ella Lemhagen's Patrik Age 1.5, about a gay couple who unwittingly adopt a teen thug are the films Canada's Border Agency customs officers pulled enroute to the festival, which ends Nov. 22.  All three films are  Here! Media releases.

"I was roving mad today," says Jason St-Laurent, Inside Out's programming director. If they can't find a solution, the festival stands to lose thousands of dollars.

While Canada legalized gay marriage several years ago, border officials have formerly, notoriously snatched gay content. Little Sister's Bookstore successfully sued the agency in 2000 after customs' officials pulled 'pornographic' titles intended to be stocked at the Vancouver-based bookstore.

Inside Out festivalgoers in Ottawa booed and hissed upon mention of the CBSA.

 

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.