In celebration of the progress of the LGBTQ civil rights movement, The Pursuit: 50 Years in the Fight for LGBT Rights made its Cleveland debut at the Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square in August 2016, one day before Pride in the CLE, the event that replaced the canceled 2016 Cleveland Pride parade.
Presented by WVIZ/PBS ideastream and KeyBank, the powerful documentary reflects on 50 years of change since protesters gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1965 and publicly called for an end to discrimination against homosexuals.
The film follows the stories and experiences of Gay Rights movement pioneers during the last 50 years. It features interviews, archival images, and footage of such leading LGBTQ figures as Michael Palumbaro, founding member of the Gay Activist Alliance, and John James, who marched in the first 1965 peaceful demonstrations at Independence Hall. It also features Jason Rudman, a KeyBank executive and ideastream Board member. He and husband Alvin McCray share their journey to start a biological family through surrogacy during a time before marriage equality existed.