Gay USA ★★★★½

there was one shot amidst some of the older footage of a woman and it shows her sign ‘i am a lesbian and i am beautiful’ and i think it’s simplicity is what broke me, it’s very hard to see beauty in being a lesbian sometimes when you have grown up with slurs and objectification and being told by your own family members to not even say it out loud because it’s “inappropriate”, it’s very hard to see beauty when your entire life you’ve been presented as this warped idea of the feminine, that you are ugliness but it’s just something so special to see all these people, in 1977 and before, just, out and living life and revelling in their identity even when you know that so many of them didn’t make it to tell their stories, they are beautiful, we all are.