The Sons of Tennessee Williams

The Sons of Tennessee Williams

DVD - 2012
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Tells the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast culture of public "drag balls" that predates established gay liberation history in the U.S. by nearly ten years.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : First Run Features, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD 306.766 Son

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jmmason Aug 18, 2012

This thing is an embarassment to gay men everywhere. While the coastal cities of San Francisco and New York were working during the 50's, 60's, and 70's to forge a homosexual culture, the gay men of New Orleans were putting on dresses and staging balls. OK, its part of the mardi gras culture. But don't confuse getting gussied-up in drag with gay politics. There is nothing progressive about men putting on dresses. It's telling that when we get to the early 80's this thing spends almost 2 minutes "talking about" the AIDS crisis. They seem much more devastated later on when the hurricane destroys their dresses in storage. To have been a New York fag during this time frame and to consider all the history that we created and endured...I have nothing but contempt for the queens of New Orleans. And, why in hell drag Tennessee Williams down with them? What a diss-service to a real Southern gay pioneer.

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