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1979 Gay Freedom Day Parade - Part One

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Uploaded on May 9, 2009

June 24, 1979. Here is Bay Area television news coverage of the eighth annual Gay Freedom Day Parade And Celebration on Market Street, San Francisco. Coverage begins with film (not video, remember) of Gay Freedom Day Marching Band & Twirling Corps, led by Jon Simms. Also seen and heard is future S.F. Mayor the Hon. Willie Brown, Jr., Supervisors Louise Renee, Harry Britt and Carol Ruth Silver and vociferous comedian emcee Robin Tyler, who lashes out at an absent Mayor Dianne Feinstein. Seen: Lesbian Nurses, Lesbian Chorus, Gay Fathers, Harvey Milk Gay Democratic Club, and Bay Area Physicians For Human Rights. There is also a rally celebrating the recently murdered Supervisor Harvey Milk. A strange offshoot of one newscast featured a bitter young boxer named Mick Kowalski, who traveled to the parade in hopes of understanding why his wife left him for another woman.

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