Reviewed at AFI/L.A. Film Fest, June 15, 1993. Running time:76 MIN.
Gay and lesbian bashing in the Chicago area is the focus of “Green on Thursdays,” a docu that is both a cautionary tale and an urgent call for activism. The increasing homophobia and other hate crimes in the U.S. should make pic relevant to viewers on PBS, cable and in schools.
For the most part, pic consists of interviews with the victims and survivors of gay-directed violence. Title refers to a 19th century practice by which gay men secretly identified each other by wearing green ties on Thursdays.
Film’s most interesting section deals with gay activists’ determination not to react as “an oppressed and passive community.” Out of this grew a network of organizations.
What’s missing here is an exploration of the sources and causes of bashing and how these hate crimes fit into the broader issues of racism and sexism.