|Myself, Glenne McElhinney, Stuart Rosenstein|
Ron and I went to the PFLAG fundraiser this month where they hosted a film, On These Shoulders We Stand, hosted by the filmmaker, Glenne McElhinney.
It was an inspiring movie. I had no idea of the seriousness of the struggles that the LGBT community had in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Listening to the stories that these people told were very scary and sad. To know that you could be arrested for dressing in jeans if you were a woman and then not officially be booked for three days so no one would know where you were was horrifying. I was impressed that the LGBT community has a history of standing up to the powers-that-be. They were able to organize and protest and make huge strides for the community.
As I looked around at the event and saw the crowd of 60 or more and then realized a large group were teenagers, I was struck by the thought that these folks fought not just for themselves but for the future of LGBT youth. I was impressed with the teenagers; they were respectful and asked good questions.
It’s a shame that so often the younger generation does not really understand what the older generations have done for them. It is so much for so for the LGBT community. If it were not for the older LGBT generation protesting, going to jail and fighting for their civil rights, today’s kids would not have the rights that they have now. It is now our childrens’ turn to pick up the torch and fight for their rights, in turn giving future generations inspiration to continue to be heard.
I was able to meet the filmmaker and have lunch with her. What an awesome lady. She had so much knowledge about the history of the LGBT community and since I love history I could of listened to her stories for hours.
I highly recommend finding this movie and watching it. It will truly inspire you.