In honor of the 48th annual Chicago Gay Pride Parade, which will take place this Sunday in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, we’re looking back at the parade’s early history.
Close to 100,000 Chicagoans saw “Pink Triangles Rising” in 1986 on Image Union on Channel 11. It was one of the most controversial shows of the year. Thanks to Dan Dinello for writing this introduction and providing the film!
Pink Triangles Rising
By Dan Dinello and Tom Corboy, 1982
|In 1982, as news of AIDS first spread widely, the Chicago Gay Pride Parade confronted trouble. “Pink Triangles Rising” documents a day in Grant Park when the gay community protested discrimination and celebrated sexual diversity in the face of a pathetic demonstration by anti-gay Nazis. Pro-gay Socialists also showed up to scream at the Nazis. One of the filmmakers even got arrested for throwing an egg at a Nazi. The title of the film pays homage to Kenneth Anger’s gay-themed “Scorpio Rising.”|
At the time, Tom Corboy was my student at Columbia College Chicago. We intended to start a production company and “Pink Triangles Rising” was our first film. We didn’t make any more films together. After his student days, he made a 30 minute documentary called “Rock ‘n Roll Disciples” which was about the Elvis Presley cult.
A filmmaker, journalist and author, Dan is the author of Technophobia! Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology, as well as Finding Fela: My Strange Journey to Meet the AfroBeat King – a memoir of a 1983 trip to Lagos, Nigeria, to film African musical legend Fela Kuti. Professor Emeritus at Columbia College Chicago & a DGA member, Dan directed episodes of the Comedy Central Television show Strangers With Candy as well as several award-winning short films — all starring Stephen Colbert (The Late Show), Paul Dinello (The Late Show), and Amy Sedaris (At Home With Amy Sedaris).