The first time the Pioneer mentioned issues of homosexuality without an added caveat or disclaimer was on February 23, 1967. The article in question described Ingmar Bergman’s “The Silence,” a film that has a lesbian as one of the three central characters. The film was played as part of Capitol Theater’s International Film Series. The film screenings were open to the public; that means that the Bergman’s film reached the larger Walla Walla community, and not just the Whitman student body.
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“International Lesbians,” Whitman College Archives, accessed March 20, 2023, https://www.whitmanarchives.org/omeka/items/show/48.