Mississippi: I AM

DIRECTORS: Harriet Hirshorn, Katherine Linton

Expected guests: director Katherine Linton, subject Lance Bass

If you’re from Mississippi, you’re expected to be hospitable, polite and proud. You should hold true to your Christian beliefs and be hard-working. Don’t question authority. Churches are on almost every corner, where homophobic vitriol has been spewed for decades. Under this backdrop, Mississippi: I Am examines the push from young people to bring LGBT civil rights issues to the forefront. From a lesbian who chooses home-schooling to avoid constant bullying, to a gay boy who wants to join the Marines and serve his country, to out and proud native son Lance Bass of ’N Sync fame, to the national press garnering story of Constance who merely wanted to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom and bring her girlfriend as her date, these queer Mississippians share their courageous stories. They take a stand declaring, “It’s their state too!”

— KEVIN SCHAUB

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: D222

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