‘Personal and Political’
BAYARD & ME with Walter Naegle &
THE LAVENDER SCARE w/ Director Josh Howard
Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s Bayard adopted his younger boyfriend Walter Naegle to obtain the legal protections of marriage. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and a time when gay marriage was inconceivable. He reflects on the little known phenomena of intergenerational gay adoption and its connection to the civil rights movement.
THE LAVENDER SCARE
With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that lasts for forty years and ruins thousands of lives, while thrusting an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement.
QFest New Jersey LGBT Film and Digital Media Festival strives to support and promote LGBT film & digital media, the individuals who create it, and the people and stories they highlight. QFest, the only annual LGBT film & digital media festival in NJ, is produced by QSpot, one of New Jersey’s largest LGBT community centers.