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Stonewall 35: ACA screens the film Myra Breckinridge at MonkeyWrench Books

June 25, 2004

On Friday, June 25, the Atheist Community of Austin returned to MonkeyWrench Books to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, historically seen as the beginning of the modern gay movement, when drag queens and their supporters resisted a police raid of a gay bar in Greenwich Village known as the Stonewall Inn for two consecutive nights, June 27-28, 1969. (The event also could have been called "Lawrence v. Texas 1," as the next day, June 26, was the first anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that decriminalized private homosexual conduct between consenting adults.) We used the occasion to acknowledge acclaimed author and fellow atheist Gore Vidal, a major figure in gay history both before and after the historic rebellion, and a noted critic of religious extremism, particularly its attempts to constrain human freedom, thought and pleasure. At our event, we screened a controversial movie adaptation of Vidal's novel, Myra Breckinridge (1970), a camp classic starring both Raquel Welch and Rex Reed in the title role, and featuring none other than Mae West in a legendary comeback. The screening drew familiar faces as well as new people, who had the chance to hear about ACA's activities and goals. Also, three of them officially joined ACA as members for the first time that night. ACA thanks all of those who attended the event or told others about it, and especially thanks MonkeyWrench Books both for use of the venue and for assistance with the publicity. The store, a volunteer organization run by a collective, is located at 110 E. North Loop (aka 53rd St., just west of Avenue F).

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