Word Is Out

Sat, May 30, 2009, 3:30pm

A classic in every respect, WORD IS OUT was the first documentary made by gay people, about gay people, for gay people. Released in 1978 WORD IS OUT captured the exuberance and the diversity of the emerging gay liberation movement. For the first time, lesbians and gay men were able to see ourselves represented on screen, in all our complexity and beauty. A collective of three women and three men, mentored by filmmaker Peter Adair, interviewed 26 lesbians and gay men of varying ages and backgrounds. Their stories ranged from being a dyke in the military in WWII, getting electroshock therapy in the 1950s, to the new post-stonewall generation with its radical politics and gender activism.

After 30 years, WORD IS OUT remains incredibly intimate, often funny, and deeply moving. It manages to simultaneously be a time capsule into the proudly gay 1970s, as well as the closeted decades preceding it. It is a must-see for anyone who is interested in understanding who we are, where we’ve been, and how we got to where we are today.

WORD IS OUT dir Mariposa Film Group 1977 USA 130 min.
Community Partners: Portland PFLAG & SMYRC