Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives + Trevor
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Director: Peggy Rajski, Mariposa Film Group
1977 / 156min / 35mm
In the mid-1970s the Mariposa Film Group, a collective of queer filmmakers, traveled the country to interview more than two dozen men and women from various backgrounds to talk plainly and directly about their lives as gay men and lesbians. The result is a time capsule of an era when each individual’s participation in its filming was an act of courage. With Rajski’s Trevor, a heartfelt dark comedy that doubles as a charming story of self-realization and advocacy, conceived after the director witnessed writer and performer James Lecesne portray the Diana Ross-loving teenager “Trevor” in his one-man show Word of Mouth. Prompted the creation of The Trevor Project, the country’s first and only 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ+ youth.
Trevor presented in DCP. Trevor preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive. Word Is Out: Some Stories of Our Lives preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the David Bohnett Foundation, The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation, and Outfest