HOMO VIDEO: Where We Are Now
December 12 1986 – February 15 1987
While the political and social conditions for homosexuals become worse, gay men and lesbians continue to resist and , in fact, have escalated their resistance in the Reagan era-in response to AIDS, the Supreme Court ruling against homosexuals in Hardwick vs. Bowers, the Meese Commission on Pornography. What is most promising is that there seems to be a genuine acknowledgment that the issues confronting us are not exclusive to gay men or lesbians but are our collective concern. What has begun to occur, as our lives are threatened from within and our freedom threatened from without, is that we have begun to address our “differences”, at least those which we have constructed within our own movement, and have shifted the counter-cultural emphasis of the earlier sexual liberation movements to a new politics which can more effectively link gay and lesbian concerns to each other and to the broader struggle against patriarchy, discrimination, and repression. Today’s goal, as evidenced not only by these videotapes but equally by gay and lesbian fiction, history and theory, film and photography, is neither to affirm the dominant heterosexual practice nor the institutionalized subculture of gay life, whether female or male, but rather, to challenge the various ideological apparatuses which continue to harass, contain, and suppress the condition of homosexuality.