Almost spiritual in nature, a disco ball seems to rest immediately atop Sutro Tower, the icon which gave Sutro Tower Video its name.
A woman dancing Pink Saturday, the night before the 1991 Gay & Lesbian pride parade in San Francisco.
A fine fairy, who walked alongside the dykes on bikes near the front of the 1991 Gay & Lesbian pride parade.
A group shot of the parade as it arrived near Civic Center in San Francisco, June 30, 1991.
Much of the police department controversy of the 1991 parade focused on this officer, Richard Cairns, who had led an unprovoked attack on (mostly) gay men in the Castro the year before, and was convicted of the crime, yet not fired by the police department.
"Homos! in the Hills" was a loosely-knit documentary of the San Francisco gay & lesbian pride weekend of June 29 and 30, 1991, including footage from Pink Saturday and the LGBT parade. Also there is some footage in the video from a local cable access television show of the time, "Electric City," and a bit of footage off the local ABC television affiliate's local news broadcast.
The theme of the parade in 1991 was "Hand in Hand Together." However, it was marred with controversy. AIDS was still killing people, but many in the mainstream didn't want to be reminded. ACT UP tactics were offending many of those folks. The parade had become acceptable enough that the local police chief rode in it for the first time, much to the chagrin of long-time activists.
I believe 1991 was the first Pink Saturday celebration on the night before the parade, a street fair-like celebration, hosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. It was crowded but still fun that year (last year a man was murdered and others shot in gang warfare during the event).
By the time of this video in 1991, the assimilationist steam roller of the LGBT community had taken hold, and the parade was on the verge of becoming the mainstream cesspool of branding and advertising that it now is, but there was still less corporate sponsorship and some political activism that harmed back to the earlier decade of the 1970s. Unfortunately, this has since been virtually completely absorbed and denied by the big money overshot consumption-branding-mindless celebration that happens now yearly.
I still managed to have some fun in 1991, and though crowd estimates at that time were likely in the range of a half a million people, it was still more manageable than I've found it the last few years at Pride. After a disastrous visit to the San Francisco Civic Center last summer (2011) for the post parade festivities, I vowed it was my last ever attempt to negotiate the mob.
There is some male frontal nudity toward the end of the video. Two men dancing naked on their terraces of apartments on Castro Street, and one or two others in passing who were in a bus visiting the area right then.
"Homos! eating Chinese Food."
—Titles by DB
"It's time to buy a Gay Travel Guide and start traveling."
—Gay fortune cookie
"Cops kill Queers! Get out of our parade!"
"If I could, I would [enact needle exchange]. Unfortunately, state law makes it a criminal act and we can't change that without an act of the legislature."
—Mayor Art Agnos
"Something is definitely wrong!"
—Electric City, Cheap TV
Videos with an asterisk (*) are available for viewing courtesy of the Internet Archive.
The Detaxilification of Quemalt Aite (1992)
(sketched out: never produced)
►Homos! in the Hills (1991)*
The Last Time Dennis Saw Iowa (2005)
(see also: "Red Meat and Red Jell-O")
Sturm in der Deutschstunde (1992)
A Tour of San Francisco (1987)
(the very first "movie")