Out At Work

Kelly Anderson and Tami Gold

1996, 55:00 minutes, colour, English


The first ever documentary about gay men and lesbians on the job.

In 1992 Cheryl Summerville, a cook at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Georgia, received a termination paper stating she was fired for "failing to demonstrate normal heterosexual values." She was shocked to discover that in more than 40 states it was legal to fire workers for their sexual orientation. Out At Work chronicles the stories of three workers who seek workplace safety, job security and benefits for gay and lesbian workers.

Out At Work was shown at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, won a CINE Golden Eagle Award, was selected Most Outstanding Documentary at the GLAAD Awards 2000, and was broadcast on HBO in 2000.

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Critical Writing

Inside Out/Outside In?
by Andrew James Paterson. Fuse, Spring 1998, v. 21, no. 2.
Sundance's big risks and strange mediocrity offer hope for filmmaking
by Susan Gerhard. San Francisco Bay Guardian, Jan. 29, 1997.
Surviving The Goldrus: Sundance '97
by Patricia Thomson. The Independant Film & Video Monthly, Apr. 1997, v. 20, no. 3.
Out At Work
by Dennis Harvey. Variety, Feb. 3, 1997, v. 339, no. 1.
Out at Work
by Mia Butzbaugh. Labor Notes, Feb. Spring 1997, no. 215.
Five Brave Gay People
by Jane Slaughter. MetroTimes, Mar. 26, 1997.