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Author Topic: The first Gay Pride March in June 1970  (Read 9751 times)

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Offline Dachshund

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The first Gay Pride March in June 1970
« on: June 25, 2008, 04:00:14 PM »
Some rare footage of the Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day March.


Offline Iggy

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Re: The first Gay Pride March in June 1970
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2008, 04:08:48 PM »
What great footage.  I don't think I knew or remembered if I did know that the March* had to fight along Sixth Ave traffic.

Also, I think person in the white fairy costume is a woman who used to ride along the Village in the same outfit on top of a VW beetle - if so , she used to be my landlord when I lived on Christopher Street and was an excellent, kind and gracious person.

Thanks for posting!

*Can't believe I wrote parade at first  ::)
« Last Edit: June 25, 2008, 04:31:32 PM by Iggy »

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Re: The first Gay Pride March in June 1970
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2008, 06:26:01 AM »
The 1970 March went OUT of Greenwich Village, then the gay ghetto, to the world up at Central Park.  This was done deliberately.  The route was changed, reversed, several years later, destroying the whole metaphorical meaning; it started uptown and ended in the Village, as it does today.   
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Re: The first Gay Pride March in June 1970
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2008, 08:22:30 AM »
Brought tears to my eyes!
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Re: The first Gay Pride March in June 1970
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2008, 09:47:35 AM »
Great video find, Hal.  Thanks for sharing it.

Gay men and lesbians of all ages should take the time to learn their gay history (yes, I'm wagging my finger like an old coot).
« Last Edit: June 26, 2008, 09:53:41 AM by Peter Staley »

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Re: The first Gay Pride March in June 1970
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2008, 10:20:46 AM »
Echoing what others have said: moving, poignant, valuable footage -- and voices. I think a lot about that time and that place -- New York, specifically the Village, in the 1970s; post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS.

Of course we were all sick then. Literally, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association in its "Bible" -- the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. (Shameless self-promotion: I'm working on a history of the DSM.) It wasn't until December 1973 that the APA decided to de-list homosexuality from its catalog of psychiatric illnesses. The image is from the second edition of the DSM (1968).


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Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

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Re: The first Gay Pride March in June 1970
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2008, 10:37:43 AM »
thank you for this great piece of history.  I agree with Peter, so many take the freedom we enjoy today for granted, it is very important that we know our history, without knowing where we came from, it makes it very difficult to find the direction to where we need to take in our future.
btw...my BULL DIKE great aunt was involved in the 69 riots and the gay liberation movement of the 70's in NYC...yes, it is genetic... the queer gene runs strong in my family...LOL

thanks again Doxie   :-*
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Re: The first Gay Pride March in June 1970
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2008, 06:14:47 AM »
(Shameless self-promotion: I'm working on a history of the DSM.)

Are you? That's very interesting. When do you hope to publish?

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Re: The first Gay Pride March in June 1970
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2008, 10:41:10 AM »
Great footage!   I enjoyed watching it.
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