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The Modern History Of Cruising, Homophobia And AIDS In Less Than Four Minutes

The modern history of the gay rights movement, including prejudice and homophobia and events that led up to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, is revealed in The Fight Continues, a short documentary directed by Ryan Murphy. The film incorporates vintage footage of gay men cruising, the police raid on Stonewall, antigay activist Anita Bryant getting a pie slammed into her self-righteous mug and early health warnings about the mysterious cancer “triggered by the lifestyle of some homosexuals”— and since Ryan is peerless at choosing just the right song for the soundtrack, this non-fiction video is scored, appropriately, to Bronski Beat’s classic gay anthem “Smalltown Boy.” Murphy’s short film has been released just a few days before the May 25 premiere of HBO’s The Normal Heart, a searing drama about the early years of the AIDS crisis, which he directed.

Watch The Fight Continues below.

By:           EDITORS
On:           May 20, 2014
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  • 9 Comments
    • Merv
      Merv

      That could easily be mistaken for an anti-gay video.

      May 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99
      Stache99

      @Merv: ..or the evolution and strength of a community.

      May 20, 2014 at 7:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dali
      dali

      Oh man, that was really tough to watch!

      May 20, 2014 at 10:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • inbama
      inbama

      @Merv: Yep.

      Needs some editing and positive footage.

      May 20, 2014 at 11:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harley
      Harley

      Lived through that. Watched countless friends die from this terrible disease. It clearly shows what the gay community had to deal with in the 70s and 80s. We have certainly come a long way baby.

      May 21, 2014 at 5:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aires the Ram
      Aires the Ram

      That took me back 30 years, I’m feeling terrible right now, all the friends and acquaintances lost during those years. The younger generation of gays just have no way of knowing what we went through. I’m very glad they are not experiencing anything close to that, but it is still terribly painful after all these years.

      May 21, 2014 at 6:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Maude
      Maude

      I still can’t understand why AIDS is a predominantly gay illness.

      Forget the religious junk, why, for the most part, only gays?

      In NYC, I had had a ‘BI’ friend who had sex with women as well as men.

      I knew a women who had sex with him many times, just as I did.

      Neither she nor I got AIDS.

      I had sex with others who caught AIDS. I went to the funerals of some, I knew others who had sex with some of the guys I had sex with, and some got AIDS while others didn’t.

      I don’t understand any of this. I asked My straight NYC doctor who knew
      I was gay, and his answer was, “I wish I knew”.

      May 21, 2014 at 9:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99
      Stache99

      @Maude: Depends on what part of the world you’re in. In Africa it’s more of a straight problem.

      May 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DK
      DK

      @Stache99: @Maude: You’re both ill-informed. It’s a human problem — gay, straight, and bisexual — the world over.

      Good grief, is Miss Information running the Internet again.

      May 21, 2014 at 7:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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