Description: Gay San Francisco by Jonathan Raymond, is a previously lost documentary depicting queer life in San Francisco five decades ago. Shot between 1965-1970, Gay San Francisco features a collection of incredible footage of San Francisco's thriving LGBTQ culture, with a focus on the Tenderloin, San Francisco's first queer neighborhood. Scenes from gay bars are intercut with fascinating interviews featuring gay men, lesbians, and trans women discussing issues from harassment to sex to job security. The film also includes a not-to-be missed Halloween drag show at On The Levee, one of SF's many historic gay bars that closed their doors long ago.
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May 20, 2020 Subject:
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November 13, 2018 Subject:
Wonderful trip back in time!
Thanks for making this available. Although it certainly is dated in style, it does capture the era of the late 1960s. Regarding the drag show at "On The Levee", all of the background music was performed live by legendary organist and entertainer David Kelsey. It was wonderful to see that he is featured playing "Tico Tico". I recognized many of the drag performers by name. Along with David Kelsey, it was terrific to see the segment with the great Charles Pierce. These two were incredibly talented entertainers who each went on to fame in the San Francisco nightclub scene for many years after this was filmed.
August 4, 2018 Subject:
Snapshot of a byogone era!
The tawdry and exploitative tone taken by the narrator of this film sets it up as Grand Camp nowadays.
Made decades before the legalization of gay marriage, before the legalization of homosexuality and before the AIDS crisis, this film shows a much more lighthearted, bohemian and underground gay scene which is now only a memory.
The standout set piece here is a Halloween drag show in the second reel that has to be seen to be believed. A lot of the jokes will go over the heads of younger people.
As usual, ladies who love ladies get short shrift, but at least they do merit some mention. There is some degree of nudity and strange b-roll scenes of same sex lovemaking that are included to spice things up (I guess).
It is difficult to determine to what degree this film was made to document the gay scene of the late 1960s in an unbiased manner and to what degree it was meant to mock or demean its denizens. Today, this film is a time capsule of how men and women were forced to live in an era of "the love that dare not mention its name."
No doubt this film could make up the basis for a good drinking game. Quite entertaining!