Gay Revolt at Denver City Council, October 23, 1973 and How It Changed Our World
90 Minute Running Time
FREE! ONE NIGHT ONLY! Filmmaker Jerry Gerash to introduce film and lead post-film Q&A
Before Denver became home to one of the largest PrideFest’s in the county, passed Civil Unions and other critical law to protect the GLBT community, homophobia and discrimination was rampant in the Mile High City. There were illegal roundups, police brutality and unrelenting discrimination from city hall and the police all under the guise of Denver’s “Lewd Ordinance” and three other city laws.
Fed up and tired of living in fear, five courageous gay advocates organized the Gay Coalition of Denver and worked for ten months to organize the first GLBT hearing and teach-In ever at city hall. On October 23, 1973, more than 300 united gays and lesbians showed up at city hall, risking their jobs, housing and safety, to denounce the heinous discrimination. Their trailblazing efforts lead to the repeal of four city ordinances, the first in the country – Lewd Act, Loitering for Sexual Deviant Purposes, Renting a Room for Sexual Deviant Purposes and Anti-Drag law, which is documented in the film Gay Revolt. With other quick victories of the Gay Coalition, thousands came out of their closets and a powerful gay community was born, and so began the long struggle for total gay liberation and civil rights.
Reception in Henderson's Lounge 6-7:30pm
Event is FREE but seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. Tickets can be secured via the drop down menu.
A special thanks to our sponsors for making this evening possible:
Babes Around Denver
Councilwoman Robin Kniech
GLBT Chamber of Commerce
Imperial Court of the Rockies
Le Gente Unida
Mayor Hancock’s GLBT Commission
Out Front Colorado
Sie Film Center
DIRECTOR: Jerry Gerash