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That Was Ray

Country: USA, Language: English, 18 mins

  • Director: Brenten Brandenburg; Jordan Gorman
  • Writer: Kaustubh Singh
  • Producer: Kaustubh Singh

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A belated and most deserving obituary...for a man who tried to make things better and safer.

Activism is a strange and beguiling creature...if you don't subscribe to 'their' [current] raison d'être and 'their' ways of getting things done...you -usually - are shunned and vilified.

There's only one 'activism' and the LGBT [activist] community have been and still are proud subscribers to this ethos...with a few notable exceptions. The Lavender Panthers being one.

Criminally erased from LGBT history...this film makes partial amends. There's nothing as fickle as the LGBT community!


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The(ir) Blurb...

That Was Ray chronicles the life of Reverend Raymond “Ray” Broshears. Ray was at the forefront of the San Francisco gay rights movement in the late 60s to mid-70s. While he preached peace and acceptance, he also founded a militant group, The Lavender Panthers, which curbed hate crimes with the threat of violence. He was a radical and polarizing figure who fought violence with violence, alienating himself from his fellow gay-rights activists and straight peers alike. Due to their controversial methods, Ray and the Panthers were largely forgotten, until now.

Cast & Characters

Eric Markowitz as Self - Journalist
Paul Gabriel as Self - SF Community Historian
Troy Perry as Self - Founder, LA Pride Parade
Jim Van Buskirk asSelf - Co-Author, Gay by the Bay
Elisa Rleigh as Ray's Best friend