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Alonso Duralde - Hollywood Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Representation and Perseverance in Film

Renowned film critic Alonso Duralde discusses his new book, "Hollywood Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Representation and Perseverance in Film."


For generations, members of the LGBTQ+ community in Hollywood needed to be discreet about their lives, but make no mistake, they were everywhere, both in front of and behind the camera. With Hollywood Pride, renowned film critic Alonso Duralde presents a history spanning from the dawn of cinema through the "pansy craze" of the 1930s and the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s, all the way up to today. He showcases the hard-working actors, writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, art directors, and choreographers whose achievements defined the American film industry and charts the evolution of LGBTQ+ storytelling itself—the way mainstream Hollywood decided it would portray (or erase) their lives and the narratives created by queer filmmakers who fought to tell those stories themselves.


Illustrated with more than 175 full-color and black-and-white images, Hollywood Pride points to the bright future of LGBTQ+ representation in cinema by revealing the story of the community's inclusion and erasure, its visibility and invisibility, and its triumphs and tragedies.


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