Vito Russo

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Vito Russo (July 11, 1946 – November 7, 1990) was an American LGBT activist, film historian and author.wikipedia
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The Celluloid Closet

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He is best remembered as the author of the book The Celluloid Closet (1981, revised edition 1987), described in The New York Times as "an essential reference book" on homosexuality in the US film industry.
The film is based on Vito Russo's book of the same name first published in 1981 and on lecture and film clip presentations he gave in 1972–1982.

GLAAD

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In 1985 he co-founded the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a media watchdog organization that strives to end anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, and advocates for LGBTQ inclusion in popular media. Russo's concern over how LGBT people were presented in the popular media led him to co-found the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a watchdog group that monitors LGBT representation in the mainstream media and presents the annual GLAAD Media Awards.
The founding group included film scholar Vito Russo; Gregory Kolovakos, then on the staff of the NYS Arts Council and who later became the first executive director; Darryl Yates Rist; Allen Barnett; and Jewelle Gomez, the organization's first treasurer.

Gay Activists Alliance

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After witnessing the Stonewall riot in 1969 and hearing about another raid the following year, Russo became avidly involved in the emerging Gay Activists Alliance. Russo developed his material following screenings of camp films shown as fundraisers for the Gay Activists Alliance.
Some early members included Jim Owles, Marty Robinson, Tom Doerr, Kay Lahusen, Arthur Bell, Arthur Evans, Bill Bahlman, Vito Russo, Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, Jim Coles, Brenda Howard, David Thorstad, Michael Giammetta and Morty Manford (son of Jeanne Manford).

GLAAD Media Award

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Russo's concern over how LGBT people were presented in the popular media led him to co-found the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a watchdog group that monitors LGBT representation in the mainstream media and presents the annual GLAAD Media Awards. The Vito Russo Award is named in his memory and is presented to an openly gay or lesbian member of the media community for their outstanding contribution in combating homophobia.

Jeffrey Schwarz

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It is directed by Jeffrey Schwarz of the Los Angeles production company Automat Pictures.
His first job in the film industry was as an apprentice editor on The Celluloid Closet, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's film adaptation of Vito Russo's seminal book.

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

Russo appeared in the 1989 Academy Award-winning documentary Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt as a "storyteller," relating the life and death of his lover Jeffrey Sevcik.

Merrill College

Also in 1990, Merrill College at UC Santa Cruz established Vito Russo House to promote Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender awareness and provide a safe and comfortable living environment for queer, straight-supportive and all students who value and appreciate diversity.
Merrill also gained a reputation as a campus center of openness and acceptance for gays and lesbians; in 1991 it established the Vito Russo House in one of its student residences.

Vito (film)

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A documentary film on the life of Russo, Vito, had its festival premiere within the 2011 New York Film Festival, went on to screen within such festivals as Maryland Film Festival, and had its television premiere on HBO June 23, 2012.
The film documents the life of Vito Russo, gay activist, film scholar, and author of The Celluloid Closet.

Lesbian

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The Vito Russo Award is named in his memory and is presented to an openly gay or lesbian member of the media community for their outstanding contribution in combating homophobia.
It is the first to claim a film character who identifies as a lesbian, and film historian Vito Russo considers the film a complex treatment of a multifaceted character who is forced into silence about her openness by other lesbians.

National LGBTQ Wall of Honor

In June 2019, Russo was one of the inaugural fifty American “pioneers, trailblazers, and heroes” inducted on the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor within the Stonewall National Monument (SNM) in New York City’s Stonewall Inn.

Massimo Consoli

He was a close friend of American author and activist Vito Russo and Italian activist Mario Mieli.

Legacy Walk

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In 2016, Russo was inducted into the Legacy Walk.

United States

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Vito Russo (July 11, 1946 – November 7, 1990) was an American LGBT activist, film historian and author.

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Vito Russo (July 11, 1946 – November 7, 1990) was an American LGBT activist, film historian and author.

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Vito Russo (July 11, 1946 – November 7, 1990) was an American LGBT activist, film historian and author.

Author

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Vito Russo (July 11, 1946 – November 7, 1990) was an American LGBT activist, film historian and author.

Anti-LGBT rhetoric

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In 1985 he co-founded the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a media watchdog organization that strives to end anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, and advocates for LGBTQ inclusion in popular media.

Stonewall riots

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After witnessing the Stonewall riot in 1969 and hearing about another raid the following year, Russo became avidly involved in the emerging Gay Activists Alliance.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

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Russo obtained his undergraduate degree from (FDU) Fairleigh Dickinson University and went on to receive his Master's in film at (NYU) New York University.

New York University

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Russo obtained his undergraduate degree from (FDU) Fairleigh Dickinson University and went on to receive his Master's in film at (NYU) New York University.

Museum of Modern Art

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While earning his Master's, Russo also working with the film departments at a Gay Community Center and New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Camp (style)

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Russo developed his material following screenings of camp films shown as fundraisers for the Gay Activists Alliance.

Roxie Theater

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He traveled throughout the country from 1972 to 1982, delivering The Celluloid Closet as a live lecture presentation with film clips at colleges, universities, and small cinemas such as the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco and the Hirschfeld Biograph in Dublin.

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He traveled throughout the country from 1972 to 1982, delivering The Celluloid Closet as a live lecture presentation with film clips at colleges, universities, and small cinemas such as the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco and the Hirschfeld Biograph in Dublin.

Dublin

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He traveled throughout the country from 1972 to 1982, delivering The Celluloid Closet as a live lecture presentation with film clips at colleges, universities, and small cinemas such as the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco and the Hirschfeld Biograph in Dublin.