Gay Power, 1971/2007/2012

Sharon Hayes, Kate Millett and the Women’s Liberation Cinema
16mm film, color, sound
33 min. (looped)

Script Excerpt
-Can you see okay?

Susan Kleckner led the crew…is she coming?

-She might be.

Good, they did a good job of filming it.

Everybody looks so relaxed.

It was a very different parade then, in those days. I mean we were very afraid. We didn’t know what would happen to us. ….maybe our mother’s would see us on the evening news. It was very scary. We look very brave but maybe we aren’t.

There’s Jill.

But you know among ourselves, we felt strong but then seeing the faces lined up against us on the streets, it was different.

This footage of the 1971 Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade and Gay-In was shot by the Women’s Liberation Cinema, a group that included Kate Millet, Susan Kleckner, Robin Mide, Lenore Bode and others. They were working together on a documentary which would premiere later that year called Three Lives. What you are looking is raw footage. It is a document of the day. Kate Millet says that the fact that there is something for us to look at tonight, something tangible from their efforts shooting that day, is an accident of history.

The images that we are watching tonight unfold in a loop. They start at the end…the end of the march that is, the Gay-In in Central Park, and end again at the end which is also the beginning. We will return to Central Park.