Womens Magazine

Queers and cultural revolution – June 15, 2015

Not all queers just want to get married.

Outside The Frame: Queers For Palstine Film Festival, offers a radical alternative to Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.  Frameline, which boasts that it’s the largest queer cultural institution in the world, has had a long partnership with the Israeli government.  Outside The Frame, a free one-time only event, June 19-21, will present 28 films by filmmakers who have pledged not to screen at Frameline until the festival agrees to respect Palestinian calls for a cultural boycott of Israeli institutions.

Lisa Dettmer talks to organizer Amanda Bloom and filmmaker Jennifer Abod, whose film The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen will have its Bay Area sneak preview at Outside The Frame. 

The singer Ronnie Gilbert, who passed away last week, was best known as a member of The Weavers, the singing group that also featured Pete Seeger.  Gilbert’s bright career was abruptly interrupted when the group was targeted by the House Unamerican Activities Committee in the 1950s.  She moved to California, raised a daughter and became a psychotherapist. In the 1980s, she connected with Holly Near and joined the vibrant women’s music scene, eventually coming out as a lesbian.  Adrienne Lauby, Thyme Siegel and Shelley Berman of KRCB’s Outbeat Salon interviewed Ronnie in 2009 about how the partnership with Holly Near and the women’s and lesbian movement impacted her life.  We listen to part of the interview, as well as some of Ronnie’s songs.

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