Vito Russo

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New York, New York, USA
Vito Russo was involved with many important projects in the early history of the gay and lesbian movement, and he was there fighting for change until his death from complications caused by AIDS in 1990 at the age of 44. A New York native, Russo was one of the earliest activists to study the media's impact on our lives and recognize that media representation partially determines how lesbians and gays are treated. Russo's work in media arose from his love of films. In the early 1970's, he organized screenings of camp classics at New York's Firehouse for the Gay Activist Alliance. Read more...


Character: Himself

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Character: Himself, film historian

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