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Word Is Out (1977)

More than two dozen men and women of various backgrounds, ages, and races talk to the camera about being gay. Their stories are arranged in loose chronology: early years, fitting in (which ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Bond Pat Bond ... Herself
John Burnside John Burnside ... Himself
Sally M. Gearhart Sally M. Gearhart ... Herself (as Sally Gearhart)
Elsa Gidlow Elsa Gidlow ... Herself
Donald Hackett Donald Hackett ... Himself
Tom Fitzpatrick ... Himself (as Roger Harkenrider)
Harry Hay Harry Hay ... Himself
Pam Jackson Pam Jackson ... Herself
Rusty Millington Rusty Millington ... Herself
Trish Nugent Trish Nugent ... Herself
Mark Pinney Mark Pinney ... Himself
Rick Stokes Rick Stokes ... Himself
George Mendenhall George Mendenhall ... Himself
Bernice 'Whitey' Fladden Bernice 'Whitey' Fladden ... Herself (as Whitey)
Nadine Armijo Nadine Armijo ... Herself
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More than two dozen men and women of various backgrounds, ages, and races talk to the camera about being gay. Their stories are arranged in loose chronology: early years, fitting in (which for some meant marriage), disclosing their sexuality, establishing adult identities, and reflecting on how things have changed and how things should be. Some speak as couples and some as singles. One lost her children in a custody decision, one was dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Army, two were sent to insane asylums. All see social progress as they reflect. News footage and a few vocal performances provide breaks as topics shift. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

31 January 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Homosexuell - vem är det? See more »

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San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Mariposa Film Group See more »
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Pat Bond: There were court-martial trials, and your friends were testifying against you, that yes, they had seen you necking with a woman.
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I remember when "Word Is Out" came out in 1978. Friends kept stopping me on the street to ask if I'd seen 'the movie.' As if there were no other.
1 April 2007 | by ireallydotooSee all my reviews

I remember when "Word Is Out" came out in 1978. Acquaintances kept stopping me on the street to ask if I'd seen 'the movie.' As if there were no other. As soon as I saw it, I started asking people the same question.

It wasn't until I saw this film that I realized my whole life I had been trying to relate to straight romances, conflicts, comedies, and life experiences in general on the screen. When the film was done I wanted to see it all over again—immediately—to memorize the people and their stories. Every one of them said something that spoke to me very directly and strongly. I cannot explain or express my feelings after I watched, for the first time in my life, gay people—honestly and beautifully—tell what it's like to live in this country. I finally knew I belonged to a culture. I didn't feel as though I had to hide. I was not sick. I was not alone.

My story is not an anomaly. It is impossible to count the number of lives this film has changed by publicizing positive images of gay Americans for the first time ever. For thousands of people—gay and straight—it broke down stereotypes. It makes gay people identifiable even for those buried in the heartland of homophobic America because it's really about the universality of love and discovering who we really are. Everyone should see this movie.


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