Don’t Erase My History
A group of Bay Area youth take us on a quest for the very history that has “no name” in their schools. Together they open archival closets and talk with LGBTQ artists, activists, and pioneers. In a world where their queer history is still regularly erased, what will they discover?
Featuring interviews with: Phyllis Lyon, Senator Sheila Kuehl, Jewelle Gomez, Cherrie Moraga, Holy Old Man Bull, and Martin Meeker.
Created by: Jonathan Cabusao, Kim Chatham, Tarryn Cooper, Isabel Malonzo, Milcah Orbacedo, Ashley Schwartz-Earp, Kelsey Thomas, Teilyn Thompson, and Jazmine Wong.
This Ally Action project is a program of the California Council for the Humanities’ California Stories: How I See It campaign, in partnership with the Digital Storytelling Institute of ZeroDivide.
For more information on the Council and the Community Stories Initiative, visit www.calhum.org/grants/community-stories-grant.
Watch Film Online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyDvUShvvyM
Purchase Film: www.amazon.com/Dont-Erase-History-Jewelle-Gomez/dp/B0028K3HAK
Created for classroom use.
Duration: 30 minutes
Teacher’s Guide coming soon.
Copyright © 2008 by Ally Action, Inc.
“I showed this film to a group of 50+ youth I was preparing to lobby for the passage of SB 572, the Harvey Milk Day bill. It was an extremely useful tool to facilitate discussion of why it’s important to talk about LGBTQ history. Thank you!” (Alice Kessler, Equality California)
“It makes me, as a teacher, want to know more–not only for myself, but for the students I teach.” (Middle School Teacher)
“This film has reminded me how important it is to affect all of my students in my teaching practice, and to encourage my peers to do so also.” (High School Teacher)
“The bias of history (and how people react when this is pointed out) is something I’ve taught about and that I already believed to be important. This film was empowering in that I saw young people taking an active role in making things better.” (UC Berkeley Professor)
“It is an important tool that has so far been absent from schools” (University Outreach Coordinator)
Jewelle Gomez, Senator Sheila Kuehl, Holy Old Man Bull, Cherrie Moraga, Martin Meeker, Phyllis Lyon
2008 Los Angeles Film Festival
2009 NFFTY Film Festival, Seattle
2009 Santa Cruz Film Festival
2009 Frameline 33: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival