This is an important film that should be seen during Pride month and periodically thereafter.
If you missed the premiere screening of "San Diego’s Gay Bar History" at the San Diego LGBT Film Festival or just want to see it again, KPBS is streaming it for free on their site.
Directed by Paul Detwiler, this documentary is very important to San Diego’s LGBT history because it spans decades of struggles, persecution, and widespread tragedy.
More than that it chronicles the spaces in which the community would gather to not only have fun but discuss ways to forge change in a hostile country. Out of these bars came activists and leaders who found strength through the bullying from law enforcement, widespread homophobia and paranoia during the AIDS crisis.
They eventually became politicians, rallied for equal rights, infiltrated the entertainment industry, created charitable organizations, all of which changed California, maybe the country, right here in America's Finest City.
Leaders featured in this movie include Bridget Wilson, Richard “Omar” Lowery, Big Mike, Nicole Murray Ramirez, Papa Tony, Susan Jester, Benny Cartwright, Morgan Hurley and many others.
This documentary also won the award for Best Documentary at FilmOut's San Diego LGBT Film Festival.
You can watch "San Diego’s Gay Bar History" by clicking HERE.
You can also download the KPBS app on entertainment streaming devices such as Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV.