Did you know that the very first "Harvey Milk Day" will be celebrated in the state of California this month?
In celebration, a number of local organizations got together and arranged for a special screening in Napa of a brand-new documentary.
The film, "On These Shoulders We Stand" by Glenne McElhinney, "chronicles the lives of eleven elders, from their early years to their coming out, to their groundbreaking activism for the rights of all LGBT people. Contrary to popular belief that the struggle for gay rights was confined to New York City and San Francisco, the film profiles several Los Angeles activists who helped change the course of both California and LGBT history. The film shows postwar Los Angeles to be a city of startling contrasts. In this tale of two cities, there is one, a city with a substantial, vibrant gay community, and the other, a city obsessed with rendering that community invisible, kept in the closet or locked in its jails."
The film will be previewed on Friday, May 21, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church (625 Randolph Street in Napa) starting at 7 p.m.
Following the film and a Q&A session with the director, the troops of the Napa Guerilla Gay Bar will head over to Cuvee Restaurant (1650 Soscol Avenue) for a bite to eat and something to drink. The warm and friendly atmosphere of Cuvee will be the perfect place to discuss the film or just catch up with friends.
We should start arriving at Cuvee about 9 p.m.