Arthur Bressan – Gay USA (USA, 1977)


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„When the Anita Bryant debacle happened I was hurled into making this political documentary. My naive dream was that if we all saw ourselves in our numbers we would never buy into the guilt trip again. Not from Anita Bryant or from [NYC] Mayor Koch or from Cardinal Cook. Not even from AIDS….” -Arthur Bressan

Arthur Bressan created a gay-America panorama when he commissioned filmmakers throughout the country to record all June 1977 Lesbian and Gay Pride parades and marches. He then cut on-the-street interviews – gay women and men talking about their lovers and how they came out – with the resulting footage, including lesbians marching against housework and drag queens protesting fascism. A revolutionary document.

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