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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!


Watch...

That Was Ray (2019) - Short Documentary Film from Kaustubh Singh on Vimeo.

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