The Leather Archives & Museum Presents...
QUEARBORN & PERVERSION TO SCREEN AT THE LEATHER ARCHIVES & MUSEUM FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY ON JANUARY 16, 2010 AT 8PM.
If you missed the showing at the Music Box Theatre in October, here's your second chance...Come for the film and stay for the talkback with Filmmaker Ron Pajak (pictured right) and legendary leatherman, Chuck Renslow!
Filmmaker Ron Pajak's documentary, QUEARBORN & PERVERSION, will be shown on Saturday, January 16th at 8:00PM at the Leather Archives & Museum (6418 N. Greenview Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626).
Co-produced by the Chicago History Museum, QUEARBORN & PERVERSION has taken ten years of research and includes eighty oral histories that have been collected, representing various demographics of the pre-liberation lesbian and gay landscape in Chicago.
Interviewees include Augie Flanagan, one of the first lesbian bar owners; Studs Terkel, who reminisces about his meetings with Pearl Hart, a pioneering attorney and friend of the community; Chuck Renslow, a founding father of male beefcake photography; and Yvonne Hudson and Ernestine Medley, who reveal how they overcame racism in being accepted by their white sisters.
Enriching and illustrating these compelling interviews are treasured private photo collections, old home movies and print memorabilia. Each person's interview gives voice to an important component of the struggle to live an emotionally honest life at a time when society's labels of "pervert" and "sick" brainwashed many.
The film also explores the nation's first organized homosexual-rights group established by writer Henry Gerber, the subsequent development of a strong social underground structure for men and women in the 1940's and 1950's, and such early rights organizations as Daughters of Bilitis and Mattachine Midwest.
Then, in 1969, the strategic placement of a classified ad explicitly in search of a gay roommate by activist Henry Wiemhoff in the University of Chicago's college newspaper, "THE MAROON", sowed the seeds of the newly emerging Gay Liberation movement.
QUEARBORN & PERVERSION concludes in the early 1970's with the flashpoints of the first gay right's march (not yet identified as a parade), same-sex dances and the opening of the first community center.
Suggested donation $5-10 sliding scale at the door. All proceeds from the door benefit the Leather Archives & Museum. Film will be followed by a talkback with the filmmaker and featured cast member, LA&M founder, Chuck Renslow. DVD copies of the film will also be available for sale after the screening.
For additional information, contact Ron Pajak, 312/925-7800 - firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit www.quearbornandperversion.com
Film maker, Ron Pajak
For more information on the Leather Archives & Museum, including information on how you can rent our beautiful Etienne Auditorium for your event, visit us at http://www.leatherarchives.org or write to Director of Programming, Jennifer Tyburczy, at email@example.com.
About Leather Archives & Museum
About the LA&M : The Leather Archives & Museum is a unique museum, library and archives with collections centered on leather, fetishism and sadomasochism. For more information, please visit http://www.leatherarchives.org