"Exploring NYC Civil Rights History through Personal Stories By a Gay Jewish Baby Boomer who started coming out when homosexuality was a mental illness and criminal act"
This Program explores Social Justice through the eyes and life of a gay son of two Holocaust Survivors who grew up in NYC when segregation was still the law of the land. It has been performed in a College theater setting, and as a class lecture in colleges, High Schools, Synagogues, Churches, etc.
This is a series of stories of someone who grew up in New York shortly after the end of World War II, as a son of two German Jewish Refugee Holocaust Survivors, and becomes active in the LGBT Movement in the 1970's, and even becomes a German citizen in 2007. Through these eyes the audience sees how segregation and discrimination was prevalent during the post War World era in New York City.
Photo of the intersection of 7th Avenue and Christopher Street in Greenwich Village
during the political push to get a "Gay Rights Bill" passed in NYC in the 1980's.
The presentation is a multi-media show with slides and graphics reinforcing the stories. The first show was conceived at Marymount Manhattan College in 2014. The following quotes were from that production.
"I just want to thank Rick Landman for having the courage to debut his show in my Arts and Social Justice course at Marymount. I also want thank you so much for allowing my students to collaborate with you & join you on this beautiful journey of storytelling. What a wonderful exercise in combining art, social justice, aad storytelling. Gracias!" Daphnie Sicre, Instructor.
Sample of Comments from the students:
I walked away excited to go tell someone else about what I had just experienced. I was absolutely fascinated by Rick's story, humored by his impressions, and inspired by his preservation and good spirit. There are so many aspects to Rick that make him amazing; that I could make a list that goes on and on and on. I am amazed that someone can know that much about their family history, about their religion, about events throughout history, and about themselves. Rick truly knows himself and can define his identity, which I think is something many people struggle with- is knowing who they are.
I really loved the premise for all of it and I really got a strong sense of his passion for it and I think its a really important issue and history that people really need to be aware of. I left with a lot of new information I hadn't had before! He has such an inspirational story and has done so much for the LGBTQ community as well as the Jewish community.