A new 14-minute video has just been made available for gay teens to learn about the history of the gay community. The newly formed Pye/Harris Project produced "Coming Out in the 1950s: Stories of Our Lives."
In the video, three teen journalists interview gay elders about their experiences in coming out during the McCarthy era, when there was no visible gay community. Stories include Hadley Hall, an ROTC member who was outed and summarily discharged; Ron Rebholz, an academic who gave up a promising relationship to pursue an education because of the fear he experienced if the relationship continued; and Phyllis Lyon, on her experiences founding of the first lesbian organization in America, the Daughters of Bilitis.
Those interested in having a copy to share with a youth organization or gay-straight alliance should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .