A Long Road To Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years

2018 | USA | 1hr 53min
Directed By: William Clift
Language: English
Q&A to follow screening

The Advocate is the largest LGBTQ publication in the United States and the only surviving publication of its kind that was founded before the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. The Advocate’s roots mark the beginning of the LGBTQ rights movement.

On New Year’s Eve in 1967, at the Black Cat tavern in Los Angeles, undercover cops brandished guns, beat gay patrons and handcuffed 14 people. The Black Cat incident led to the gay rights newsletter called PRIDE (Personal Rights in Defense and Education). These founders later turned the letter into a news-magazine, renaming it The Los Angeles Advocate.

Narrated by Laverne Cox, this moving documentary focuses on major events and watershed moments in LGBTQ history through never-before-seen archival footage and engaging interviews (Ricky Martin, Darryl Stephens, John Waters, Gloria Allred, Gavin Newsom, Dustin Lance Black, Margaret Cho, Robbie Rogers, and many more).

Starting with the Black Cat, the film covers Stonewall, the 70s and the disco sexual revolution that continued from the late 60s, the AIDS crisis, marriage equality, and the trans movement to present day. We've come a long way, but we've still got a long way to go.

Community Partners

Historical Society of Long Beach

Point Foundation 

Human Rights Coalition

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