What did it feel like to be queer in the 1930s?

In The Castro during the 1970‘s or the day Harvey Milk was shot?

If you want to feel the past not just read about it, watch the home movies and videos. Look at the community shows LGBTQ people put together. Watch the clips they saved.

They go at least as far back as 1939. And those are just the ones we show in this documentary (some for the first time).

Most are still unknown in people’s closets. Soon, many may be thrown away by unknowing friends and family.

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse that many are hiding their lives to survive.

Thousands are dying earlier than their straight counterparts because they are isolated and afraid to ask for help.

But a growing number of people are fighting to keep LGBT aging from meaning aging in silence.
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fam500 is a growing collection of old amateur photos contributed by people everywhere who seek a glimpse of queer people from the past.

It builds on previous works about historic LGBT photos by including pictures of all people in the queer community and by asking people to comment and add pictures of their own.

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Stu is a multi-award winning filmmaker with international credits whose many goals include strengthening the queer community by bringing together its different generations.

His films include Gen Silent the widely used documentary about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people hiding their lives to survive discrimination, bullying and abuse.

His first documentary as an independent filmmaker was the critically-acclaimed Bob and Jack’s 52-Year Adventure about an Army sergeant who began an affair with his commanding officer in 1952. The two men came out to the troops in their unit and are still together a half-century later.
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