Track Two (1983)

Sub-Genres - Politics & Government  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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In this Canadian documentary about the prejudice against gays and lesbians that culminated in the 1981 "Gay Bath Raids" (in a district called "Track Two" in police code), the aftermath of the police action was unexpected. When a shoe-shine boy was killed in 1977, word spread that he had been killed by a "gay gang." This led to a public outcry, ending in the defeat of Toronto's mayor John Sewell who had tried to stem the rising anti-gay, anti-lesbian tide. After the police arrested 286 people in the infamous bath raids, 139 of 167 cases that ended up in court were dismissed. Times were already changing (a little) because the gay community banded together to defend their rights and because people were not as willing to back measures like the targeted raids. Although its content would benefit a wide range of audiences, this is a documentary intended more for television and special showings than for wide-screen, mass entertainment.