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LGBT trailblazer Richard “Dick” Leitsch remembered in online doc

Mr. Leitsch discusses his life and legacy with his best friend, Paul Havern.
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 One Stride: Chosen Family - YouTube

Activist Richard “Dick” Leitsch passed away last month on the weekend of New York Pride. He was 83. 

But an online documentary made possible by Barefoot Wine, remembers Leitsch and his contributions to the community including his famous "Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar in NYC in 1966 which defied laws at the time that prohibited service to gay customers. 

Leitsch also held an important position in 1966 as the president of the Mattachine Society that holds a place in history as one of the first LGBT gay rights organizations in the United States. 

On June 28, 1969. Dick Leitsch took a cab to the Stonewall Inn after hearing about some commotion on the radio. He was the first journalist to report on the incident.

In the new documentary short directed by Stephen Winter and presented by Barefoot Wine,  One Stride: Chosen Family, Mr. Leitsch discusses his life and legacy with his best friend, Paul Havern, offering viewers a few last intimate moments with the legend himself.

The project is dedicated to Dick in memory of his life and work in the community.