The OutMuseum is the first LGBTQ+ arts and media virtual museum of its kind - available free to the public. Home to a combination of rotating and permanent exhibits centering themes, identities, and experiences which celebrate and commemorate the queer and trans communities we serve as an organization, the OutMuseum places the telling of our past, present, and future into the hands of those who have lived this past, are surviving its present and will be imagining a thriving future for it. Through short film collections, panels and roundtables, oral histories, and other multimedia within our slate of exhibits, this space offers the ability to foster discussions, increase access to art and information, and, most importantly, speak to histories that are regularly omitted from the record. Because what is history, if not storytelling? And it is all available for free!
Pioneering activist and filmmaker Pat Rocco (1934-2018) produced short-form gay erotica in the 1960s that was widely embraced by the gay community, and received positive reviews from the mainstream press, including Variety, the Los Angeles Times, and Playboy magazine. Rocco's prolific output of erotic films slowed in the early 1970s as market preferences shifted toward hardcore fare. In the late 1960s through the 1980s, Rocco shot historically important footage of gay demonstrations, parades, marches, festivals and events, providing some of the only existing moving image documentation of the major beginnings of the gay rights movement in the U.S. (from the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project)
In this collection, Outfest Now is proud to feature several restorations of Rocco's activist documentary shorts including Sign of Protest (1970), Changes (1970), We Were There (1976), and a speech from Harvey Milk delivered in Los Angeles while campaigning against the Briggs Initiative (1978). Additionally, enjoy his delightful trip to longtime friend Phyllis Diller's Brentwood home in A Date with Phyllis (2003).
Outfest Now sends immense thanks and gratitude to the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project for their generous support and groundbreaking work with these terrific restorations.
Pat Rocco and his partner are meeting his old friend, actress and comedian Phyllis Diller, at her home in Brentwood, California. Diller gives them a tour of her house, photos and other memorabilia documenting her long career. (from Outfest UCLA Legacy Project)