America You Kill Me
The rise, the fall and the legacy of gay rights warrior Jeffrey Montgomery
Freep Film Festival Spirit of Detroit Award 2022 Award Winning Film
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About The Film
“He is among the most visible and accomplished advocates for safety and equality of GLBT people in Michigan history... a hero and living legend.” Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
For many Americans, it may seem as though the recent waves of change in Gay Rights happened overnight, but this is not so. A brutal road against vicious intolerance and opposition was slowly paved for decades, by generations of activists across the nation who fought hard for every step. This is a feature-length documentary film about the life and impact of one such leader.
In 1985, a young man was killed outside of a bar in Detroit. After the funeral, his boyfriend was horrified to learn that police were not even going to investigate the murder.
To them, it was 'just another gay killing', and not worth the resources. Jeffrey Montgomery became a man with a mission.
In 1991 he co-founded the Triangle Foundation to fight back against anti-gay violence and support victims of hate crime attacks and abuse. Undeterred by death threats, vandalism, sabotage, or even being placed on the hit-list of the Aryan Nation, he wielded his own fierce intellect and razor wit to confront politicians, testify at court hearings, and push local/national media to better report on gay issues. Through advocacy and legal support, Triangle grew to encompass other needs of the community such as job discrimination, housing discrimination, social representation, and more.
By 2003, far from the coasts, it would become the 4th largest statewide LGBT organization in the country. In 2007 Montgomery retired in controversy, with his health in decline but his radical voice intact. This film illuminates the path, and sacrifices, between a time when local law enforcement ignored gay lives as disposable, to one when Detroit police liaisons to the gay community dance in Pride marches.
Despite recent progress, the gay community prepares to face renewed opposition, and new attacks. This story examines the fate of progressive leaders who devote their lives to tireless work on behalf of others, and how individuals can impact the lives of those around them. That by organizing strategically, with focus, the flame of that influence can be made to grow ever larger.
Please note the film includes adult themes and is recommended for 18 plus audience.
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