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March 3, 1990: "Paris Is Burning" Opens in the US. Watch the FULL Documentary [Video]

March 13, 1990: “Paris Is Burning” Opens in the US. Watch the FULL Documentary [Video]

Paris is Burning is a 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston that explores the world of ball culture in New York City during the 1980s. The film provides a glimpse into the lives of African American and Latino LGBTQ+ individuals who created their own communities in the face of poverty, racism, and homophobia.

The ball culture, (Also featured in POSE) is a subculture of LGBT individuals who participate in competitions or “balls” where they showcase their skills and talents in various categories such as “vogueing,” drag, and fashion. The participants, known as “house members,” are divided into houses, which are essentially surrogate families that offer support, love, and acceptance to LGBT individuals who are often ostracized from their biological families.

Paris is Burning captures the experiences of the house members who use their bodies and performances to create a sense of identity and belonging. The film highlights the struggles that the participants face on a daily basis, such as homelessness, unemployment, and discrimination, and how they use the ball culture as a form of escape and resistance.

Some critics consider the film to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, and a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.

In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Overall, Paris is Burning is a powerful and poignant documentary that sheds light on the experiences of LGBT individuals of color in the ball culture. The film offers a glimpse into the resilience, creativity, and strength of a community that has been historically marginalized and silenced. The film remains as relevant today as the LGBT community as it was the day it was released.

You can watch the FULL documentary “Paris Is Burning” below.

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Harvey Milk Day - May 22 - WATCH: "The Times of Harvey Milk" Documentary (1984)

Harvey Milk Day – WATCH: “The Times of Harvey Milk” Documentary (1984)

The Oscar winning documentary “The Times of Harvey Milk” follows Milk’s rise from a neighborhood activist to a symbol of gay political achievement, through to his assassination in November 1978 at San Francisco’s city hall, and the Dan White trial and aftermath.

Presented in English w/Spanish subtitles.

*Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 of the copyright act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, and research

San Francisco International Airport Set To Name Terminal In Honor of Harvey Milk

Gay History – May 22: Harvey Milk Day – “You have to give people hope.”


“Without knowing, understanding and embracing our past.

We can not move forward in the future….”

Harvey Bernard Milk  (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and served 11 months in office.

The “Hope Speech” became Harvey Milk’s stump speech. He gave a skeletal version when he declared his candidacy in 1977 and an expanded version in 1978 for the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade, later known as the Gay Pride Parade. For that parade, Milk commissioned his friend Gilbert Baker to come up with a logo; Baker created the gay pride Rainbow Flag, which first waved at that parade. Chicago native and science fiction writer Frank Robinson, also Milk’s speechwriter and a close adviser, helped pen the “Hope Speech.”

In the speech, Milk references adversaries Anita Bryant and California legislator John Briggs, who campaigned nationally against gay rights. Addressing gay youths across the United States afraid to come out, Milk cites his own election as a gay politician in San Francisco as a testament of hope. For those youths contemplating suicide or staying in the closet, there were two new options, Milk said: “Go to California, or stay … and fight.”

On November 27, 1978, Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White,  (full confession) another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back.  White was unstable and highly homophobic. Milk’s election was made possible by and was a key component of a shift in San Francisco politics. The assassinations and the ensuing events were the result of continuing ideological conflicts in the city.

In August 2009, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to the gay rights movement stating “he fought discrimination with visionary courage and conviction”. Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk accepted for his uncle.  Not long after that, Stuart co-founded the Harvey Milk Foundation.

Harvey Milk became an icon and a martyr for the gay community and is “the most famous and most significantly open gay official ever elected in the United States”.  Anne Kronenberg , his final campaign manager, wrote of him: “What set Harvey apart from you or me was that he was a visionary. He imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it for real, for all of us

In 2009 then California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger designated May 22 as “Harvey Milk Day”, and inducted Milk in the California Hall of Fame. The Harvey Milk Foundation began coordinating global recognition and celebration of Harvey Milk Day.

Harry Britt summarized Milk’s impact the evening Milk was shot in 1978:

No matter what the world has taught us about ourselves, we can be beautiful and we can get our thing together … Harvey was a prophet … he lived by a vision … Something very special is going to happen in this city and it will have Harvey Milk’s name on it.”




WATCH: The Trailer for ‘Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn’ - HBO Documentary

WATCH: The Trailer for ‘Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn’ – HBO Documentary

Bully, Coward, Victim: Roy Cohn

A new documentary of one of the most evil closet-cases that ever walked the face of the earth: “Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn”, by Ivy Meeropol which will debut on HBO later this month.

Via Deadline:

The documentary draws on unearthed archival material and audiotapes to paint a portrait of Cohn’s life from the late 1950s as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy, through to the 1980s when he embedded himself in the Reagan White House as a “rabid anti-homosexuality activist and political mentor” to current U.S. president Donald Trump before dying of AIDS in 1986.

“Roy Cohn made his name prosecuting and pushing for the execution of my grandparents Ethel and Julius Rosenberg,” said Meeropol. “Many years later he became Donald Trump’s lawyer, mentor and close friend. If there was ever a time to reflect on how we got here it is now. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share the film with HBO audiences.”

The title of the documentary was inspired by Roy Cohn’s anonymously made panel on the AIDS memorial quilt. which reads, “Roy Cohn: Bully, Coward, Victim.” A fitting eulogy if there ever was one.

“Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn” will premiere on HBO on June 19th.

FIRST LOOK – WATCH: “Master of Dark Shadows” Documentary – Trailer

MPI Media Group has officially released the trailer and announced the release date for it the highly anticipated Master of Dark Shadows, narrated by actor Ian McShane.

MoDS is a comprehensive celebration of the legendary Gothic daytime series Dark Shadows and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis.

In 1966, Dark Shadows debuted on ABC-TV as a daily Gothic suspense series. Airing in the late afternoon, the show attracted a massive youth audience as it shifted to the supernatural with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins. Witches, ghosts and scary story lines turned Dark Shadows into a TV classic that led to motion pictures, remakes, reunions and legions of devoted fans.

The 50+ tear old series maintains a cult following to this day, and is available on DVD. The show also employed numerous gay actor many in lead roles including Barnabas Collins played by Johnathan Frid.

The documentary will be available across digital platforms and on DVD April 16.

WATCH: 2019 Academy Award Short Documentary Nominee "A Night at the Garden" - VIDEO

WATCH: 2019 Academy Award Short Documentary Nominee “A Night at the Garden” – VIDEO

In 1939, twenty-thousand Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN uses striking archival fragments recorded that night to transport modern audiences into this disturbing gathering. With chilling resonance in today’s political climate, the film is a reminder about the power that far-right ideology once had in America and a wake-up call about the importance of addressing it today.

FIRST LOOK – Watch the Trailer for the Grace Jones Documentary: Grace Jones Bloodlight And Bami (VIDEO)


Filmed over the course of a decade, the new documentary Grace Jones Bloodlight And Bami from director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology) offers a stylish and unconventional look at the Jamaican-born model, singer, and New Wave icon.



FIRST LOOK – WATCH: The Full Trailer for the New Biopic Of Iconic Gay Artist Tom of Finland – VIDEO



Directed by Dome Karukoski, the film follows Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, as he returns home to Finland after fighting for his country in World War II. But life during peacetime proves just as distressing as his time on the battlefields in Europe. Laaksonen finds Helsinki rampant with persecution of homosexuals and sees many men around him pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.


DOCUMENTARY: “Sticky: A (Self) Love Story” Takes On a Touchy Subject – Video

Masturbation Madeness

Everyone does it; few admit it; now there’s a movie about it! “Sticky” talks candidly about what has been referred to throughout history as both a form of self-love and self-abuse. After being shamed as a child by fellow students for admitting that he masturbated, writer/director Nicholas Tana, interviewed over sixty sexologists, authors, religious figures, porn stars, and entertainers to understand what’s so wrong with masturbation.

Full of candid interviews from sex therapists, religious figures, and psychologists to celebrated figures such as former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, comedian Janeane Garofalo, and, among others, “Hustler” creator, Larry Flynt. “Sticky” answers age-old questions; “Will it make me go blind?”; “Is it “normal”?”; and, “Why are we so afraid to be caught in the act?” As well as tackling more contemporary issues like why the media portrays masturbation so negatively, how the world’s major religions disagree about the moral effects of self-pleasuring, and why the sale of sex toys is illegal in Alabama.

Watch the trailer below:

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In Honor Of Britain’s LGBT History Month: Watch ITV’s Lost 1976 Gay Documentary “Coming Out”. – Video

coming out ITV Documentary


ITV is a commercial TV network in the United Kingdom launched in 1955 as Independent Television to provide competition to the BBC.

Coming Out” which screened on ITV as part of Southern Television’s “Southern Report” in February 1976 has been rarely seen since its premiere date.

The program prompted nationwide gay rights protests after one of the participants was fired from his job at British Home Stores. Other than that not much information is available.

Still very worth the watch.

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