Flyers, clippings, articles, correspondence, article draft, screenplay excerpts, news releases, photographs, production schedule,
film publicity, and notes documenting controversy regarding the film
Cruising (1980), a crime-drama that elicited opposition from gay and lesbian activists for its portrayal of homosexuality. The collection
documents actions directed against the production and release of the film, as well as controversy within the gay and lesbian
community over the issue of censorship.
In July of 1979 a writer for the
Village Voice published excerpts from writer/director William Friedkin's screenplay for his film
Cruising, which elicited strong reactions from gay activists, some of whom subsequently organized efforts to disrupt on-location shooting
of the movie. Opposition centered on the film's portrayal of New York's gay men's leather bar scene. Gay and lesbian groups
protesting the film's release included "Stop the Movie
Cruising," based in San Francisco, and "People Concerned About the Movie
Cruising" (Los Angeles). Actions intended to interfere with the production of the film--for example, through pressure on corporate
sponsors--produced controversy within the gay community regarding the issue of censorship.