Shoulders To Stand On Sunday, March 8 Screenings
Shoulders to Stand On: Documenting the History of the Rochester LGBT History will be shown at MuCCC on Sunday, March 8 at an afternoon screening at 2pm and an evening screening at 7pm.
Evelyn Bailey, Executive producer, will introduce the documentary and be available after to answer questions.
This will be a pay what you can screening with proceeds to be shared by MuCCC and the GAGV.
“Shoulders” Will Screen at MuCCC on March 8, 2015
The documentary “Shoulders To Stand On: The LGBT History of Rochester NY,” will be screened at MuCCC on Sunday, March 8th at 2 and 7 pm. This will be a free screening for the Rochester community at MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave. Shoulders To Stand On will gladly accept any donations attendees wish to make to be shared with MuCCC.
In the 90-minute video, directed by Kevin J. Indovino, Rochester takes center stage in a documentary about a city that has always been at the forefront of social change and justice.
Shoulders to Stand On begins by exploring a not-so-distant past: before Stonewall and before the birth of the gay rights movement. We discover a city at the height of prosperity, a city steeped in history and yet overshadowed by secrets.
Before the 1970s, the fear of losing jobs and family kept gay men and women underground, living double lives. Meeting places and local watering holes were constantly under the scrutiny of police; raids and payoffs were common, unchallenged practices of the day.
But in 1969, the Stonewall Riots would provide the spark that ignited voices across the nation. With the insight and courage of a small group of university students, Rochester’s Gay Liberation Movement was born. Their voices quickly propelled Rochester into one of the most progressive and influential LGBT communities in the country.
Inspired by the spirit of a city renowned for the legacies of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, Rochester’s LGBT community would set the bar for gay activism and religious tolerance. It would lead the way to put the first openly gay candidate into an elected office in New York State. It would rise to the fight against AIDS, bringing together an entire community with care and education. The Flower City and its corporations would be one of the first to implement domestic partnership benefits and, more recently, it would be a key player in getting a gay marriage bill passed in New York.
Shoulders to Stand On celebrates the brave men and women who had the courage to step out of the closet, allowing their voices to be heard, in the tradition of a city whose history is firmly grounded in freedom and equality for all.