Synopsis by Rebecca Flint Marx
Harry Hay was one of the founding fathers of the gay rights movement, and for more than 50 years was synonymous with the term "gay pride." Director Eric Slade's documentary about Hay looks at both his life and the movement he did so much to define. In 1948, Hay founded the Mattachine Society in Los Angeles; the goal of the organization was to establish a "Golden Brotherhood," one that sought to redefine homosexuality as a normal, healthy way of life. The problem, Hay famously maintained, was not homosexuality itself, but the way it was treated by society. Dramatizations, photographs, archival footage, and interviews with original Mattachine Society members are all incorporated to tell Hay's remarkable story, one whose legacy continues to be felt in the treatment of gays and lesbians in culture today. Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay was screened at the 2002 Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
gay/lesbian-rights, homosexual, activism, leader, movement [social change], perseverance, pride, oppression, politics