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Beyond Gay - The Politics of Pride

Bob Christie / Canada / 2009 / 85 ' / English


Steve Schmidt
Aerlyn Weissman
Joshua Kurt Rainhard
Michael Wiskar
Morris Chapdelaine, Oliver Lindsay & Charlie David

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Boston LGBT Film Festival - Opening Gala
Montreal Image + Nation Festival - Best Documentary
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A doc that examines the role and relevance of Pride celebrations around the world, which now have turned into a global fight for human rights


This feature length documentary follows the Vancouver Pride Society's (VPS) Parade Director Ken Coolen and his VPS colleagues as they travel to places where Pride is still steeped in protest to personally experience the rampant homophobia that still exists. They also travel to Sao Paulo Brazil for the world's largest gay parade and New York City, the birthplace of the modern gay liberation movement.

Increasingly the Pride movement is globalizing. Coolen and many Pride organizers in North America and Europe, where celebration has overtaken political action, strive to remind their communities that Pride is at its heart a global fight for human rights.

Despite the hundreds of thousands of people cheering in the streets, Pride is much, much more than a parade and a party. It is a giant step on the road to true equality. The GLBT community during Pride is an entertaining and engaging multi- ethnic group than can bring attention to the issue of human rights with diversity, insight, and of course plenty of fabulousness.


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