Michael Crawford

The Other Side: A Queer History

Filed By Michael Crawford | January 26, 2008 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living, Media
Tags: gay history, gay men, Los Angeles

We don't know enough about our history as LGBT people. In a lot of ways that's because we have been straight-washed out history books, schools and libraries. But, we have also not done enough to seek out, collect and share stories of the LGBT past.

I came across this clip from The Other Side: A Queer History at the Band of Thebes website. The stories told by the men in documentary are amazing tells of gay life in Los Angeles in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

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I agree wholeheartedly. One of the best cultural/political histories I've read is Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America. It's written by accomplished journalists, making it equally intelligent and readable.

I love it that you share stuff about queer history too, Michael. I always learn something from most of our posts, so I know others have to be too. :)