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Gay USA (1978)

Shot on one day by 25 different cameramen across the USA under the co-ordination of Arthur J. Bressan Jr. this film documents Gay Pride parades across the United States in the late 70s.

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Documentary that shows several mass manifestations of the American gay liberation movement. Participants as well as critical spectators are being interviewed. Written by Chris Abbenhuis <keller@telebyte.nl>

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26 June 1997 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Journalist: Are You Gay?
Journalist: What do you think of the parade today?
Journalist: If you could invite one person from history to be here today, who would you invite?
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Featured in Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006) See more »

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1977 - the birth of gay rights, at its inception
11 October 2017 | by bettycjungSee all my reviews

10/11/17. Considering that this documentary was made close to 40 years ago (1978), in retrospect, can be considered quite radical for the time. The film-maker offered people participating and viewing the gay parades of 1977 the opportunity to voice their feelings and thoughts about being gay, homosexuality, gender roles, coming out, being in the closet, etc. It's worth keeping in mind that this was made BEFORE AIDS made its debut in 1982, and then everything changed. So, in a way, the late '70s was a period of innocence for those who were coming into their own and being able to share their lives in a very open and honest way. This is worth watching for its historical value in documenting a segment of society that continues to struggle for rights denied them because of their sexuality.

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