NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY
National Coming Out Day is an annual LGBT awareness day observed on October 11, to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in “coming out of the closet”.
For more information and where to find support go to NCOD
THE FEMALE CLOSET (1998)
Directed by Barbara Hammer
The Female Closet uses archival photographs, home movies, interviews, and other visual materials to explore the closeted lesbian stories of artists Alice Austen, Hannah Höch and Nicole Eisenman. Utilizing ground-breaking research, newly discovered home movies, and archival photographs, and other visual sources, The Female Closet is a cultural interrogation of the closeted and not-so-closeted lives of three women artists.
BARBARA HAMMER (1939-2019)
Barbara Hammer was an American feminist film director, producer, writer, and cinematographer. She is known for being one of the pioneers of lesbian film genre, whose career spanned over 50 years.
As a child, Barbara Hammer “always wanted to live up to my name.” As an adult in the 1970s, she got her wish: Her striking voice rang out in ground-breaking films that celebrated female sexuality just as she was discovering her own, during the decade she called “that glorious time of feminist ideals and lesbian bed-hopping.” Hammer, who created more than 100 films on widely diverse topics over the next 40 years, died in New York, March 16th at age 79. Hammer’s partner of 31 years, Florrie Burke, confirmed Hammer’s death from endometrioid ovarian cancer.
For where to watch The Female Closet, go to JustWatch
To learn more about Barbara Hammer go to her BIO