California queer history is storied and rich. Before there was Stonewall, there was the Black Cat riot in Silver Lake. On These Shoulders We Stand explores Los Angeles’ place in LGBT history from the mid-1960s through the 1980s, right before the AIDS crisis.
Using archival footage and interviews with pioneering activists, director/producer Glenne McElhinney takes us through One and the Mattachine Society, the lesbian controversy that disrupted the National Organization for Women.
History is made by people whose individual and collective acts shape and affect the world. These activists, many of whom are now in their 70s and 80s, hold valuable stories, personal and societal, and by sharing with us their experiences, they show us how each one of can make a difference. It is wonderful that the history and stories of seniors is being documented. These vital and important stories can give hope and inspiration in the movement for civil marriage equality, and remind us that gay or straight, our seniors have stories we need to hear, to record and to cherish, because without our past, our future is empty.