MIGHTY REELS: Pride in the 70s

Harvey Milk gestures at the crowd during the 1975 Gay Freedom Day parade on O’Farrell Street.

Friday, June 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This program is now available for on-line viewing.

In celebration of Pride Month, media preservationist John Raines devotes his ongoing Mighty Reels series to a look back at Pride in the 1970s. Beginning with amateur video of the 1973 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day parade and festival — a casual party in the park — the program surveys annual marches in the city through 1981. Harvey Milk appears in some of the reels, both before and after becoming California’s first openly gay elected official. Rare film and video drawn from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society include a Super 8 retrospective lensed and introduced by Lou Perica (1930-1989), a longtime member of San Francisco’s gay community. Admission: $5.00; free for members.