The Pye Harris Legacy Project (PHLP), non-profit that teaches young people about the modern LGBT movement through interviews with elders, has begun a crowdsourcing campaign to edit videos into one-hour documentary. The project hopes to raise $60,000 to edit existing interviews and add more historical footage and photos of the Coming Out experience from different eras.
The Projects four short videos (Coming Out in the 1950s. Coming Out in the 1960s, Coming Out in the 1970s, and Coming Out in the 1980s) are available on youtube and have over 50,000 views. The success of the short videos has garnered interest from other non-profits and public broadcasting stations to create a longer video that can be broadcast in 2016.
“We are hoping that our Indiegogo campaign will get the word out so we can get these stories out to as many kids as possible” said Phil Siegel, Executive Director of PHLP. “We want future activists to know that we all stand on the shoulders of those that came before us, and that the LGBT movement did not just happen by itself. We have to make sure that we never become complacent.”
PLHP has also created a companion curriculum that has been distributed to schools that dovetail with the videos. The curriculum includes a series of activities and age-appropriate questions for young people to ask elders so they can learn directly from those who Came Out in other times.
Siegel adds “If we can just get one suicidal kid to realize that he/she is not alone, we have done our job.”
The PHLP was created in 2012 in honor of Ed Pye and Bob Harris, who met after WWII and were together for over 50 years until Mr. Harris death in 2008. Mr. Pye, who came out in the 1930s, created the PLHP to teach young people that there is a lot to learn from those who came before. And even though the social climates change, Coming Out can always be difficult if you thing you are alone.
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