The first film in Indian cinema to portray a lesbian relationship, Fireexplores the story of when the lives of two married women, Radha and Sita, intertwine due to the absences of their husbands’ care and attention. A harmless bond between two women rooted in solace morphs into a complicated relationship both romantic and sexual in nature. This development causes confusion between the two that they struggle to come to terms with.
Released to strong backlash by parts of the Indian community, including Hindu fundamentalists, the film brazenly questioned the entrenched cultural norms of archaic social traditions.
Conrad Veidt and Magnus Hirschfeld in Different from the Others, 1919, one of the first sympathetic portrayals of homosexuals in cinema. Restoration of the film is underway.
Pay It No Mind: Marsha P. Johnson, documentary queer film
Marsha P. Johnson was a revolutionary trans activist, Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, prostitute, starving actress, and Saint, as well as a downtown NYC fixture from the 1960’s through her too-soon demise in 1992. Johnson persevered through a life embodied by her middle initial P, which stood for “Pay It No Mind.”
Glimpses of the 3rd Christopher Street Liberation Day March
This footage is from a great film, A Very Natural Thing released in 1974. The march footage is authentic and was filmed documentary-style to capture the spirit of the 70s gay rights movement and to bookend the story of the protagonist.
Pride has definitely changed since, and been skewed a great deal by the co-opting nature of capitalism and commercial mainstreaming of some elements of queer culture.