Philly Queer Media Activism Series

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Kiyoshi Kuromiya, who passed away in 2000, was as unique as he was brazen: Not only was he one of the most fervent and fearless queer and AIDS activists in Philadelphia’s history, but the Japanese-American visionary who worked at the side of Martin Luther King Jr. also fought just as tirelessly for equal rights for blacks, peace during wartime, democratized access to the internet and ending transphobia. Having been born in an internment camp during WWII, Kuromiya’s entire biography is notable—and Che Gossett and Luce Lincoln couldn’t agree more. They’ve been toiling away on Kiyoshi Kuromiya: A Queer of Color and AIDS Activist Inspiration, a film project that documents the enduring impact of one man’s mission to advocate for just about every community that’s struggled in America over the past four decades.

One key resource that proved invaluable to Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Gossett says, is the 40 boxes of Kuromiya’s stuff found in the William Way Center’s archives. The production’s coming along, in large part, due to the inspiration found in connecting to Kuromiya’s survivors. “It’s very powerful,” said Gossett, “to listen to himself narrate about his life because he’s no longer here. And I was able to find a lot of interesting archival material.”

For tonight’s launch of Philly Queer Media’s new arsenal of programming, Gossett will be on hand to present some bits of the still-unfinished Kiyoshi Kuromiya, show off some of those great archival finds and speak about the fascinating lessons to be gleaned from its subject’s life. And there are many. From the infamous and momentous LGBT protest at Independence Hall in 1965, to the Black Panther Party’s Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention at Temple in ‘69, to his lead litigant status in the Critical Path AIDS Project’s Supreme Court overturning on the Communications Decency Act on internet censorship, Kuromiya’s lent his voice to so many struggles. Someone’s got to fight. He did so with legendary might. // BILL CHENEVERT

Thurs., March 20, 6:30pm. Free. Temple University, 201 Annenberg Hall, 2020 N. 13th St. phillyqueermedia.com
 

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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2020 N. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 03/20/2014. .

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