aGLIFF: 30 Years of Reel Pride

aGLIFF- The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival – was founded in 1987 and became a 501(c)3 in 1995. This year we celebrate 30 years of programming for the Austin community. aGLIFF has grown tremendously in size and scope from a short four-day run of four films primarily focused on coming out and AlDS to a multifaceted nonprofit organization with year-round community programs culminating in our annual film festival program with over 100 films depicting a myriad of issues across cultures, race, immigration status, class, gender identity and expression, age, and religion.

Our goals:;xNLx;+ To create positive and visible film programs relevant to lives of LGBTQ+ identified people;xNLx;+ To educate the community about LGBTQ+ issues;xNLx;+ To produce and promote the best in LGBTQ+ community building events;xNLx;+ To support and partner with other organizations to enlighten the public;xNLx;;xNLx;This timeline was designed, compiled and written by Bears Fonte, copyright 2017.

1917-02-05 12:46:00

100 Years Ago: LGBT Immigrants banned!

US immigration law is modified to ban "persons with abnormal sexual instincts" from entering the United States.

1918-02-01 12:46:00

Barton Springs

In 1918, the city acquired Barton Springs, a spring-fed pool that became the symbol of the residential city.

1919-06-30 14:50:58

Different From the Others

A German film produced during the Weimar Republic, Different From the Others was banned at the time of its release, later burned by Nazis and was believed lost for more than forty years.

1920-01-01 10:49:19

Austin in 1920

1920 Census gives Austin a population of 34,876. Electric streetcar lines ran from Hyde Park in the north to Travis Heights in the south, and from Lake Austin in the west to the heart of East Austin with 23 miles of track.

1922-12-31 13:05:43


Often called one of the first art films to be made in the U.S., this Charles Bryant directed film was rumored to have used an entirely gay cast in homage to original writer Oscar Wilde, , as per star and producer All Nazimova's demand.

1924-09-26 00:00:00


Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc), The film stars Walter Slezak as the titular Michael, the young assistant, model and lover to the artist Claude Zoret (Benjamin Christensen), who steals from his lover to feed his carnal relationship with a woman.

1924-12-10 11:16:25

Society for Human Rights

Henry Gerber and six other men in Chicago found the Society for Human Rights, the United States' first known gay-rights organization.

1925-01-01 11:16:25

Eve Addam's Tearoom and Ma Rainey

Eva Kochever, a Polish-Jewish immigrant, opens "Eve Addam's Tearoom" in Greenwich Village. The lesbian gathering place had a sign at the door which read, "Men are admitted but not welcome." In 1926, the tea room was raided, and Eva Kochever was deported, charged with "disorderly conduct" and writing an "obscene" book, Lesbian Love. Meanwhile, Blueswoman Ma Rainey is arrested in her house in Harlem for having a lesbian party. Her protege, Bessie Smith, bails her out of jail the following morning. Rainey and Smith were part of an extensive circle of lesbian and bisexual African-American women in Harlem.

1928-01-01 12:46:00

The 1928 City Plan, institutionalized racism

"A City Plan for Austin, Texas," prepared for the City Plan Commission in 1928, most infamously institutionalized racial segregation. It recommended a plan to move "the negro population" east of East Avenue, where I-35 is today.

1928-07-01 09:48:13

Radclyffe Hall's Well of Loneliness

Radclyffe Hall's Well of Loneliness, a novel banned in England for its lesbian content, is published in the United States and becomes an immediate best-seller. In 1929, an appellate court holds that the book is not obscene, and the book is even more widely distributed.

aGLIFF: 30 Years of Reel Pride

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