Keep an eye out for this upcoming flick - The Sons of Tennessee Williams. Watching the preview below, I'm struck by the sheer unrecognized history. If nothing else, check out the clip starting at 7:30 where they show former queens in their 70s and 80s doing a show. In Indiana, we don't have anything that's been out-and-proud long enough to have that much history. I can't wait to see this movie.
THE SONS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS is the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast and fantastic culture of "drag balls" starting in the late 1950s. These men worked with the traditions of Mardi Gras to bring gay culture into public settings in the early 1960s. By 1969, there were four gay Mardi Gras krewes, legally chartered by the state of Louisiana, throwing yearly extravaganzas at civic venues around the city.
They succeeded in bringing down the "Jim Crow" laws that targeted gay people for offenses such as public assembly, same-sex dancing and cross-dressing. They staged a flamboyant costumed revolution without politics and won freedoms during a time, as now, when laws and people fought against them.
Video after the jump.