Here are a few shots from Sunday’s Pride celebration in San Francisco.
I thought about the people I marched with in the GLF in the early 1970’s
and later, with Act–Up, in the 1980’s.
It felt good to hear the speakers honor the work we did in those decades
I thought of friends who passed from AIDS, or later from grief and trauma.
I think they’d be pleased that gay liberation became a global movement
for universal Human rights.
The Rights of People of Color are human rights.
The rights of Immigrants and refugees are human rights.
Women’s rights are human rights.
LGBTQ rights are human rights.
The right to age with dignity and respect is a human right.
The rights of the disabled are human rights.
Love, defiance and pride are strong weapons against hate and tyranny.
Bob Marley and The Wailers
(C) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved
If you live in San Francisco, June 24 is Pride Day.
I will be out all weekend loving life and taking pictures.
I dedicate this video to the men and women of the American Civil
We are all religions, races and nationalities. We are gay, straight and transgender.
We will never return to our closets.
We are everywhere and we will never give up.
I chose “We are Family” by Sister Sledge because it’s a happy and
I first made this video for Pride Month 2016.
We are always stronger together!
Now get up everybody and sing!
If I turned around every time somebody called me a faggot, I’d be walking backward – and I don’t want to walk backward.”
– Harvey Milk
Patrick Cowley was a gay liberationist who died as his brilliance was reaching its peak.
He is sometimes called the father of electronic dance music.
His influence is still clear in contemporary house music and techno.
Cowley played synthesizer on Sylvester’s 1978 hits “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” and “Dance (Disco Heat)” and he collaborated with Sylvester on his 1982 hit, “Do Ya Wanna Funk”
At 32, Patrick Cowley was among the first to die from the AIDS Epidemic.
“Going Home” is on the last track of Mind Warp, Cowley’s last album.
Cowley released Mind Warp in October of 1982, a month before he died from AIDS, which was still called GRID.
Cowley’s music embodies the energy and defiance that sparked and sustained the early Gay Liberation Movement.
“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
― John F. Kennedy
Liberating the human mind and human sexuality from the constraints of fear, bigotry, hate, and superstition is what gay liberation was about.
The revolution is never over!
Happy Pride Month!
‘The City” (c) Rob Goldstein 2016
Going Home 1982
by DISCOS BOLICHEROS
“Do You Wanna Funk” 1982
by DISCOS BOLICHEROS