HOPE ALONG THE WIND: THE LIFE OF HARRY HAY


Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 




USA, 2001, 57 min

Shown in 2002

CREDITS

dir
Eric Slade
prod
Jack Walsh, Eric Slade
scr
Sharon Wood, Stuart Timmons, Mark Page
cam
Sophie Constantinou, Marsha Kahm, Philippe Roques
editor
Dawn Logsdon
mus
Tim Jones

OTHER

source
Eric Slade Productions, 915 Cole Street #102, San Francisco, CA 94117. FAX: 415-276-3284. EMAIL: ericslade@mindspring.com.

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Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay

In 1948, Harry Hay composed a document that started one of the first gay rights organizations in America: the Mattachine Society, created so that no “boy or girl approaching the maelstrom of deviation need make that crossing alone.” Hay declared that, “The problem was not with homosexuals, but with a society that mistreated them,” at a time when persecution of gays and lesbians often resulted in the loss of their jobs, their homes and their lives. A popular labor organizer and Marxist teacher, Hay was ironically ejected from the Mattachine Society for Communist ties, and later called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1953. Still active, he founded a movement called the Radical Faeries in 1979. Hay’s remarkable story is told through archival footage, newsreels and interviews with contemporaries and Mattachine Society members including Dale Jennings and Hay himself. His fierce courage and unwavering beliefs changed countless lives; his influence continues today.

—Rosemary Pepper