LGBT Seniors Tell Their Stories | LA LGBT Center

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An Oral Historical past is an ongoing project of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Senior Services Department. This quick film captures the point of view of eleven LGBT seniors in Los Angeles who came of age during a time in which imprisonment, day-to-day discrimination, physical violence and abuse had been commonplace. Exemplifying elegant survival, the men and women you will meet in An Oral History, produced the neighborhood we have these days achievable. From the “Daughters of Bilitis” and “Mattachine Society” to the marches led by Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, the history of the LGBT movement has typically been forgotten, ignored or ignored. This is an try to give voice to and shine the light on the stories and lives of these folks.


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50 thoughts on “LGBT Seniors Inform Their Stories | LA LGBT Center”

  1. ok we don’t give a fuck if your gay just don’t be spreading that bs with our kids. it’s not our fault u guys have a identity mental disorder

  2. Thank you.
    Really, THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    It’s thanks to you that we can now be ourselves in most places, it’s thanks to you that I have hope.

    I am a 14 year old lesbian, I live in Bolivia in Latin America. Over here gay marriage is still light years away, as well as lgbt acceptance (although I have noticed HUGE changes lately) and it’s really difficult for me to accept myself fully and to go through every day without the fear of being offended or insulted in any way -since I am "openly gay"-.

    I used to say I was bisexual, but I only said it because I thought people would still want me if I was at least "50% straight", only recently have I finally got past that phase and entered the "accepting my gayness" one and I haven’t been happier in my short span of life. Although there are some assholes out there that fuck up my day from time to time, I am truly happy and I stay positive, because I know someday I’ll be able to walk on the streets holding a girl’s hand.

    Once again, thank you <3
    You inspire me to keep fighting and to stay strong.

  3. I’m trying to hold it together after watching this but the tears are streaming down my face. I’m sure everybody in Starbuck’s thinks I’m insane, and honestly, I don’t care. I personally want to thank all of you. In my eyes each one of you are LGBTQ pioneers. I’m taking little bits of each of your stories and weaving them into the fictional novel I’m writing. I would love to interview each one of you. Hugs and kisses XOXOXO.

  4. Fuck- MY HEART. It is so incredibly important that we hear these people. It is so important that we know that not only young people are lgbt. We need to listen and support them, it’s because of them that we have our rights. Thank you so much.

  5. "Must be your side of the family, all of mine are men."
    "Really? What about your cousin Sidney?" Damn that mom is savage af

  6. When I was really young I knew I was not straight. I know now I’m pansexual. I kinda knew what sexuality meant that much as a kid but I do now. I started coming out when I was 11. When I was around 7-8 I hated myself because where I live I was 7-8 when gay marriage was legal and I was raised in a homophobic household. I repressed it so much and acted like a straight cis female. I’m still trying to figure out my gender but I have always known I was at least not straight just didn’t except it until I was 10 or 11. I know it seems like I was to young but you know I may still be figuring it out but at least I came out and I’m currently really happy with myself. I’m glad our society is more excepting now even though I live in a very homophobic place I still strut my pride. I don’t care what anybody else thinks anymore (except for the fact I’m only out to most friends and my mom). I’m here and I’m queer and I’m striding with pride!

  7. Utterly beautiful and spell binding. Thank you so much for making this film and for the amazing people who were in it.

  8. I fell apart when Theresa started talking about how she and her girlfriend couldn’t dance in a bar or touch in public. How far we’ve come.

  9. So sad most of these wonderful people weren’t born later when society could accept them for who they are at a younger age. Hope the best for them, and the people who have supported them! 🙂

  10. this made me feel so happy, knowing that we’re not the only generation going through a "phase", because it isn’t one. homosexuality is real, it is valid, and quite frankly, in this video, it is extremely adorable.

  11. This is amazing! Because of these people I can be who I really am! Thank you soooo much. We can never thank your generation enough!

  12. Thank you so much for helping to build the LGBT community and making it safer for us to be ourselves <3 You are so inspiring

  13. Bless these individuals for being so BRAVE! It’s sad that it took the rest of the world this long to catch up.???

  14. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for enduring. Thank you for paving the way, bearing the brunt of the pain, thank you for being authenticly you! I haven’t met you, but I love you! By just existing and living my path was made easier! Thank you, with tears in my eyes and joy and greatfulness in my heart, I thank you!

  15. I am 80 years old and have lived in the closet since I was 13 years. I come from the background of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I love my religion, but I still know that I am gay. DeWayne of Utah

  16. I raise a glass to us all, and to those who lost their life in the struggle to become who we are. We are all heroes.

  17. guess those days were the best to be gay in a way because though it was harder gay people honestly were looking for love and commitment but now most gay people are just looking to have a good time sexually they do not want love or commitment.

  18. Thank you to everyone who came before me. The countless people who were brave enough to fight for basic human rights, the ones that now allow me to feel free. To everyone who helped change the world and make it a better place for LGBT people.

    thank you.

  19. This is a beautiful video and I just want to say that I am a 13 year old lesbain. I have not come out to my parents yet, only my closest friends and people online. My parents are super religious and would KILL me if they found out I liked girls. You all are very brave individuals, and I want you to have a great day, Thank you.

  20. This is just… Wow. So many beautiful men and women telling their stories for me to hear. I’m 16 and going to my first gay bar tonight. They gave me courage. I hope I can find the kind of love they spoke about with my future wife.

  21. can you believe that the people who could have been imprisoned for being gay are still alive today!? we’ve come so far in so little time. it’s mind blowing.

  22. I complain about being discriminated now for being gay. And what it’s like now is nothing like it was then. These people are honestly so amazing.

  23. My husband and I thank you for paving the way for us. You made our lives so easy compared to yours. I came out in 1982. Although it was very difficult for me to come out, I know it was 1000x harder for you. Thank you all again for being so brave!! All gay individuals today have it a lot easier because of you.

  24. Seeing lgbt seniors gives me hope. as a queer person have a hard time seeing myself living a long and happy life but through them, I see the potential for a future.

  25. Seeing old LGBT people gives me so much hope. You see everyone saying ‘wake up it’s not the past anymore it’s 2017’ and acting like no one was LGBT before the 21st century, but they were! We’ve always existed and people need to see this.

  26. Heroes. I hope they know what they did for us today. This is something that shows me that being out and showing people who you are, instead of hiding, is important. Even if it takes a lot of courage. There are still people who can’t come out or are afraid or even ashamed..

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