Part VI. 2008. The legalization of same-sex marriage has had a roller coaster of a ride. The latest victory was the California Supreme Court ruling that it is a constitutional right for people of the...
Part II. 1977. Cleve is working on Harvey Milk's next bid for a city supervisor seat, they hoping it will be fourth time lucky. Roma and her associates are not officially supporting Milk as they see ...
A dramatization of the real life San Francisco centered fight for LGBT rights from 1972 to 2015 is presented, the LGBT community which arguably has had the most numerous organized campaigns against them of any minority group to suppress those rights in the United States during that time period. It focuses on the advocacy and other supportive work of four individuals, Cleve Jones, Roma Guy, Diane Jones and Ken Jones, whose experiences focus on different aspects of the issue. Cleve's story focuses primarily on the political and legislative fight for gay and ultimately LGBT rights. Roma's story focuses primarily on her fight for women's rights, especially safe places for women, within that where she as a lesbian fits, ultimately a fight for universal health care in San Francisco, and her personal relationships particularly with Diane. Beyond that relationship with Roma, Diane's story focuses on her work as a nurse in caring for AIDS patients, and her want as a lesbian to have a child. ... Written by
A laudable undertaking. I appreciated that several notable actors took part, some like David Hyde Pierce and Rob Reiner who took on roles portraying characters with views obviously contrary to their own were amusing in their absurdity.
I did feel at times it was spread a little thin with several loosely connected stories transpiring simultaneously. And so many exchanges between characters involved lectures or philosophical statements being hurled at one another (and us) rather than allowing events to make the arguments being espoused. Having a casual first encounter in a gay bar immediately result in a lengthy lecture on Stonewall, as one of many examples, seemed overly awkward and staged. Definitely, if historically accurate, the production underscored how divided and divisive the various support groups and their leaders were. It seemed often that the more formidable obstacles to progress came from within rather than from outside the movement.
Certainly there are documentaries or docudramas that better portray some of the individual seminal events in LGBTQIA history, but this attempt to connect it all was worthwhile. Whether or not it would hold the interest of viewers unfamiliar with this aspect of American history, and those most in need of being exposed to it, is another matter.
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