On July 2, 1990, Julio Rivera was brutally murdered in the P.S. 69 schoolyard by a hunting party looking to “stretch out” a gay man. In the days that followed, life in Jackson Heights seemed to go on as though nothing had happened: no articles in the paper, no results from the police investigation, and no noise from the large, local LGBTQ population, which was resigned to not rocking the boat, for fear it would only make things worse. But a change was happening. Julio´s friends and family came together, and with the support of AVP, embarked on a four month struggle to pressure the police into running a serious investigation, which led to New York State’s first successfully tried hate crime homicide. Their greatest legacy, however, was the empowerment of the Queens LGBTQ population to openly demand their rights as equal members of the community. This is their story.
Please join us for this intimate hour-long work-in-progress screening on May 25 with filmmaker Richard Shpuntoff. To RSVP and confirm the time, please email Richard at: shpunt[email protected] and put “Julio RSVP” in the headline. Order Cheap