Vito

  • 2011
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  • NR
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A profile of Vito Russo (1946-90), a pioneer in the gay-rights movement of the early 1970s, who was also known as the author of "The Celluloid Closet," a 1981 book that examined LGBT characters in... More

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Vito: Life Of Gay Rights Activist Vito

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On June 27, 1969, a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar, took a surprising turn when patrons decided it was time to fight back. As a riot erupted in Greenwich Village, a new era in the gay rights movement was born. Among the crowd that day was 23-year-old film student Vito Russo. In the aftermath of the infamous rebellion, a raid on an after-hours bar he frequented ended with a young gay man impaling himself on a fence while trying to escape the police. This is when Vito found his voice as a gay activist and critic of homosexual representation in the media. Over the next 20 years, until his death from AIDS in 1990, Vito Russo was one of the most outspoken and inspiring activists in the LGBT community's fight for equal rights.
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