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U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria sponsoring gay film festival

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      Jonathan Strong, 27, is a reporter for the Daily Caller covering Congress. Previously, he was a reporter for Inside EPA where he wrote about environmental regulation in great detail, and before that a staffer for Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA). Strong graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in political science in 2006. He is a huge fan of and season ticket holder to the Washington Capitals hockey team. Strong and his wife reside in Arlington.

“Everybody’s perfect!” says the poster for a gay film festival sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria.

The festival, Sofia Pride ’11, will feature screenings of Milk and other films in Sofia, Bulgaria from June 1 to 29. The American, German, French, Swiss and British embassies are jointly sponsoring the event.

“The series features one movie selected by each of the five sponsoring embassies, and aims to promote acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights in Bulgaria by examining the different issues and challenges which members of the LGBT community face in today’s world. All films will include Bulgarian subtitles,” a press release says.

The U.S. is kicking off the festival by showing Milk, a film about the first openly gay elected official in California. “The screening will be followed by an after-show party at My Mojito Club Sofia,” the press release says.

The German Embassy is screening Sascha. “The film follows a gay teenager of Montenegrin-German origin who struggles to come to grips with his identity while searching for acceptance within German society. Note: due to security concerns, bags will not be permitted inside the Embassy building,” the press release says.

The French Embassy is screening Comme les autres (Baby Love), about a gay man’s “quest to become a father.”

The Swiss Embassy is screening Katzenball, which “depicts the lives of five Swiss lesbians from different generations.” This screening is also followed by an after party at My Mojito Club Sofia.

The British Embassy is screening Beautiful Thing, the “story of a working-class teen infatuated with his male classmate.”

The U.S. Embassy did not immediately reply to an email asking how much public money is being spent to sponsor the festival.

In October, 2009, another U.S. Mission in Albania also screened Milk.

Then-Albanian Ambassador John Withers led a panel discussion that included American gay activist Elaine Noble, the first openly gay official elected to the Massachusetts legislature.

“The film screening was an opportunity to lend embassy support for full civil and human rights to Albania’s still-hidden gay community,” a press release says.

The embassy also held a media workshop for gay activists. According to a press release, “Afterwards, one activist said: ‘I feel so inspired from all the things that have happened these days…I have forgotten the strong taste of loneliness and fear that have been with me all my life.’”

  • dmv09002

    This is how you spend my tax money?

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  • tinteardrop

    Milk was actually a pretty smart guy. Wonder what he’d think knowing his part was being played by a an ignorant loser like Penn.

  • aloysius

    Despicable! But then, with politicians like Barney Frank and Bloomberg, and with journolists like Matthews, Maher, and Maddows, what can we expect? No wonder one calamity after another has been hitting USA which is being completely transformed into a reincarnation of Sodom and Gomorrah. And the DemocRATS have seen to it that the so-called gays are welcome to join the military. This is outrageous. How will these perverts defend USA in case of war? By spreading AIDS virus among the Russians or the Chinese or the Iranians? Enough is enough! We should encourage Anita Bryant to contest the Democratic Party nomination. Then for sure she will be able to sweep these queers back to the closet where they appropriately belong. Wake up America!

    • tommiec

      Anita Bryant?? Is that old drag queen still alive?

      Hey allie,

      Maybe as U.S. citizens these homosexuals/lesbians want to defend your freedoms and mine by being in the U.S. Armed Forces…but hey, that’s just my take on it.

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  • bigdave

    By the way, leave it to the CROOKS IN THE US CONGRESS AND SENATE TO COME UP WITH EVEN MORE WAYS TO THROW AWAY AMERICAN’S TAX DOLLARS!! AREN’T WE LIUCKY TO HAVE THEM,UH, PROTECTING(?!) US?

    • aloysius

      Fidel Castro at least has the opportunity to live to this day when he should never rue for a single instant that he turned to the USSR for alliances. In USSR as in Russia today, homosexual acts are punishable offense.

      Achtung!/Attention!/Aviso!

      “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you, but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

  • bigdave

    Isn’t Bulgaria the same as IRAN? “THEY HAVE ZERO GAYS IN THEIR COUNTRY”?Per Amadinehjad.

  • Rocketman

    The BIG draw should be “Brokeback Mountain”.
    Euros (in general) have a fascination with the American West and its rich history. Well, they’ll find out pretty quick that the Marlboro Man actually rolls his own Virginia Slims.
    (chuckle)
    As for MY tax dollars going toward yet another lesson in paraphilias, enough already.
    “Truce”, Mitch Daniels.

    ~(Ä)~

  • Kurtis D. Davis

    Let’s see here…the President swears upon a Bible which expressly condemns homosexual conduct, with our National motto being “In God We Trust”. And we learn of that trusted God in the Bible.

    Next, we consider that almost 6000 of our finest young people have died in war, with tens of thousands grievously maimed for life.

    Then we realize that at home, we have millions of unemployed, and millions more foreclosed out of their homes. These millions join yet another multitude who have been ravaged by floods, tornadoes, and oil spill.

    We are struggling to secure our Southern border, and to otherwise manage invasion of illegal Mexicans—sort of like Texas and the Alamo in a bygone era.

    We the People mostly agree that government spending must be reduced, so as to preserve the value of “fiat currency” AND THESE BLITHERING IDIOTS SPEND OUR TAX MONEY TO ADVANCE HOMOSEXUAL RIGHTS IN BULGARIA???

    These considerations, and more, bring conclusion our leader is indeed an ineligible bastard of adultery, and there is no way I would ever vote for him.