Out at Work (1997)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Gender Issues, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Featuring with interviews with three very different workers who were involved in protesting the Cracker Barrel restaurant's anti-gay policies, this documentary offers food for thought on discrimination against homosexuals and lesbians in the workplace. The film was made between 1991 and 1995 and first centers on Cheryl Summerville, a lesbian who abruptly lost her job with the restaurant chain after they enacted policies that required employees to "demonstrate normal heterosexual values." She was one of 17 gays who fired from the restaurant in 1991 when such anti-gay policies were legal in 41 states. Ron Woods, an electrician at a Detroit auto-manufacturing plant heard about the case and began trying to get the United Auto Workers' to launch a formal protest against Cracker Barrel. In so doing, he revealed his own homosexuality and this led to ostracism and threats. Nat Keitt had a great job at the Bronx city library until he began lobbying for his health organization to cover costs for his live-in companion who was suffering from AIDS related illnesses.



homosexual, lesbianism