The Rainbow Minute celebrates this weekend’s Reel Pride Richmond with a series highlighting the history of LGBT film festivals.
Author and gay activist Vito Russo was born in 1946 and later studied cinema at New York University.
In 1970, he staged the first-ever gay film festival, to raise money for the Gay Activist Alliance.
His life’s work was an analysis of gay portrayals in Hollywood movies of the past. “In a hundred years of movies, homosexuality has only rarely been depicted on the screen,” he said. “When it did appear, it was there as something to laugh at, or something to pity, or even something to fear.”
In the 70′s he gave lectures all across America, asserting that these gay stereotypes in movies have perpetuated the oppression of gay people.
In 1981, Russo’s ground-breaking book, “The Celluloid Closet,” showcased his work. In 1996, it became a television movie narrated by out actress Lily Tomlin.
“The Rainbow Minute,” a radio show on WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM every Weekday at 9:03am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
The Rainbow Minute is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM, WRIR Richmond Independent Radio, every Weekday at 7:59 a.m, 12:29 p.m. and 4:59 p.m. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.