Do you have 45 minutes?
Today over 4 million people in San Francisco and New York City will attend the pride celebrations. Two of the largest celebrations on the planet.
Through the years there has been growing criticism about the politicization and commercialization of the pride celebrations. There are some in the gay community who believe some of the participants in the celebrations reinforces gay stereotypes. Some members in the Trans community feel they are not represented in the celebrations.
But do you know the history? Individuals who created the path for you ?
While millions will revel in the celebrations and concerts today. Less than 20% will hear speakers talk about the challenges that members of the LGBTQ currently face.
Studying history is important because it allows us to understand our past, which in turn allows us to understand our present. If we want to know how and why our world is the way it is today, we have to look to history for answers. People often say that “history repeats itself,” but if we study the successes and failures of the past, we may, ideally, be able to learn from our mistakes and avoid repeating them in the future. Studying history can provide us with insight into our cultures of origin as well as cultures with which we might be less familiar, thereby increasing cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
“How we Got Gay ” is a (45 minute) documentary that takes a modern day (2013) look back into how members of the LGBTQ community went from deviants in the United States and Canada, to Gay human beings.