Just Because of Who We Are

Abigail Norman

1986, 28:00 minutes, colour, English


When gay groups target violence against gay men, and feminists focus on heterosexual attacks, lesbians get lost in the shuffle.
From queer bashing to family rejection, from arrests to attempts at institutional "cures," the women in this tape recount their experiences with warmth and unquenchable spirit. Meanwhile, in the arenas of Church and State, on the streets and in City Hall, anti-gay forces clash openly with lesbians and gay activists fighting for their rights.

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