Josh Howard; 2017; USA; 78 min.
This tragic and surprising documentary sheds light on how Eisenhower’s “Let’s clean house” campaign slogan wasn’t just about“commies.” His1953 declaration of homosexuals as a threat to national security sparked a government witch hunt that lasted 40 years. The FBI investigated, employees turned on each other, and many quietly resigned; some even committed suicide. Astronomer Frank Kameny was the first to fight back, recasting the struggle as one of civil rights. Archival footage, inter-views with FBI agents, and tales of thousands of lives ruined contribute to this award-winning historical document of an almost-forgotten time that helped ignite the modern gay rights movement.
BAYARD & ME Matt Wolf; 2017; USA; 16 min.
Walter Naegle and Bayard Rustin, the openly gay civil rights pioneer, are fondly remembered in this loving and warm documentary tribute to an interracial, intergenerational couple long before marriage equality existed.