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Dvd Release Date: 2012-02-14

Genre: Documentary,

Rating: NR

Duration: 1hr 15min


The Sons of Tennessee Williams is a documentary about the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast and fantastic culture of “drag balls” starting in the late 1950s. These men worked with the traditions of Mardi Gras to bring gay culture into public settings in the early 1960s. They staged a flamboyant, costumed revolution without politics or violence and won freedoms during a time, just as now, when laws and people fought against them. By 1969, there were four gay Mardi Gras krewes, legally chartered by the state of Louisiana and they succeeded in bringing down the “Jim Crow” laws that targeted gay people for offenses such as public assembly, same-sex dancing and cross-dressing.

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