It’s been over 40 years since protests at New York City’s Stonewall Inn sparked a civil rights movement among the gay and transgender communities. In anticipation of the television debut of the film about that event, Stonewall Uprising, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and WGBH Lab issued an open call, asking you to show us what’s happening in the gay rights movement since then. Your responses show us a variety of efforts by Americans to define love, family and identity for themselves.
Among the video submissions you’ll see folks battling for civil unions and the right to adopt, demonstrations in Reno, New York City and St. Louis; marvel at Varna Hardy’s depiction of Social Security discrimination and learn a new empathy for transgender individuals like Johanna, Tré Andre, Miss Major, Mycroft and Sabrina, who show us their determination in the face of rejection from family and co-workers.
These videos introduce us to LGTBQ artists, activists, students and retired people, teachers, southerners, military personnel, urban dwellers and even a puppet teased for being “grey”. Enjoy the creative and diverse perspectives. Each short reminds us that every eye looking through a viewfinder sees things differently. That’s why we invite everyone to participate in the Lab’s open calls. We say THANK YOU to each contributor for sharing a powerful story with us.
We offered five cash prizes of $1000 each to inspire your best work. We enjoyed every video we received, but some entries display a level of excellence in production or storytelling that deserve extra recognition. Without further ado:
You can view the five winners HERE and learn more about each of the winning producers.