Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (1977)



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Twenty-six homosexual men and lesbian women give in-depth interviews to the filmmakers, revealing aspects about gay life which shatter widespread stereotypes. This 1977 documentary also examines the issues of racial minorities within the gay community. Among those interviewed are several factory workers, a truck driver, and a veterinarian. Many of the interviewees had previously been married with children, often losing visiting rights when their homosexuality was revealed. Several had been in the military. One highlight of the film is the interview with a New-Mexican lesbian couple who live cheerfully in extremely primitive conditions.


Critic Reviews for Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

[An] extraordinary, groundbreaking documentary.

Jan 26, 2010 | Full Review…

...may be the most important movie you've never heard of, much less seen. It was the first feature length documentary about gay people, made by gay people, and one of the first to treat homosexuality as a naturally occurring phenomenon.

Jul 3, 2010 | Rating: 88/100 | Full Review…

Word's bound to have something to share with the viewer, gay or straight.

Jun 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Sometimes it's moving.

May 21, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A landmark, but not a classic.

Jan 28, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The gift of time and perspective has added a few kinks to what seems a mostly pedestrian experience.

Jan 25, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives


This is a beautiful little time capsule shot in 1975 of interviews with 26 queer people, selected from 200 pre-interviews and edited from 50 hours of footage. More than anything, it taught me that I underestimated how advanced queer studies was in '75 and how commonplace that knowledge was among queer people of that era. Of course, it has the effect of showing the eternal struggles of queer life, and the struggles that have remained static because of our political climate. Also, the restoration looks beautiful.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

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