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SAN DIEGO -- Michael McQuiggan, with his cheery personality, friendly smile and curly blond locks, is perhaps the most visible personality associated with FilmOut San Diego.
You'll find him at FilmOut San Diego's annual LGBT Film Festival, the monthly screenings held on the second Wednesdays of the month, and at special movie marathons such as the "Women Who Kick Ass" extravaganza running from noon to midnight Saturday, Oct. 20, at the historic Birch North Park Theatre.
The Boston native, who teasingly says that he is "perpetually 29" and "thankfully single," has been a resident of San Diego for 16 years and has been associated with FilmOut since its beginnings 15 years ago.
FilmOut's mission is to enlighten, educate and entertain the communities of San Diego County and beyond through the exhibition of LGBT-themed films. FilmOut San Diego seeks to recognize, promote, celebrate and support the important diverse artistic contributions LGBT filmmakers make to our community.
McQuiggan speaks with San Diego Gay & Lesbian News about his life and work.
What organization(s) do you volunteer for, and why?
I am the director of programming for FilmOut San Diego. I think that it is our duty as citizens to give back to the community in which we live. Volunteerism shapes your character.
What motivates you to do the volunteer work you do?
It is important to me to support film as art in San Diego – especially within the LGBT community.
Do you volunteer because of your work, or not?
Not for work – more of a passion for film.
What is something that many people do not know about you?
I am obsessed with “genre” cinema.
What would you like to see change in the LGBT community?
I would like to see the LGBT community working with each other vs. against each other.
What do you like most about the local LGBT community?
When we come together as a whole, it is a powerful experience that is comparable to any major city on the planet that has a dense LGBT population.
What sorts of things do you do to enrich your social life other than volunteering?
I am super low key. Bar scene is not for me. I immerse myself in film, art, theater, working out, food, music, learning, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
If you were granted three wishes, how would you use them?
1. To end bigotry: Life it too short to be moronic and ignorant.
2. Implement arts/culture in all schools/universities: They enrich our souls.
3. World peace/protecting the environment: Who doesn’t want either of these?
If you could host a dinner party and invite three people (dead or alive), who would they be and why?
Tennessee Williams, Salvador Dali, Russ Meyer and Bette Davis (I need four). Why? Hmmm, I don’t think an explanation is necessary, but can you imagine several bottles of wine and some tapas with that crew?
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