WATCH: The Only Existing Footage from the 1970 Christopher Street Liberation Day (Pride) Parade

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6 Responses

  1. Michael J. Lavery says:

    It incorrect that this is the “only existing footage” of the 1970 Christopher Street Liberation March. A homemade movie was part of the June 2008 Community Center presentation “From Shadows to Sunlight: First Year Gay Activism After Stonewall”.

    Unfortunately it seems that the original 18 part series, one of which was devoted to the film, is no longer on the net; only the 8 minute excerpt/synopsis seems to be up.

    I know I have a DVD somewhere that I made of the original series and will see if I can post it on YouTube.

  2. Michael J. Lavery says:

    Movie Footage 1970 March Found.

    I did find the series scattered about on YouTube, the playlist URL []. The home movie, part 12 of 18, commentary by the late Jerry Hoose is [].


  3. ilcorago says:

    Thanks for sharing this video; I’ve never seen it before. But, to be fair, this isn’t the only footage of the Christopher Street Liberation Day. There is the wonderful Lilli Vincenz film “Gay and Proud” which is available through the Library of Congress here:

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