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Documentary on Community Hero Ray Hill Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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By Megan Smith

With the defeat of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) on November 3, it is more crucial than ever to share our city’s deep-rooted LGBT history with a global audience. That’s why the filmmakers at Proud Pony International have launched a new Kickstarter campaign to help fund their full-length documentary—The Trouble With Ray—spotlighting Houston community hero Ray Hill’s 50 years of activism in Texas’ LGBT rights movement.

10367128_864305756953060_3554669924478933916_n“For nearly five decades, the man whom the U.S. Supreme Court branded ‘Citizen Provocateur’ has been a loud, unapologetic voice for those who couldn’t speak, and his style of activism continues to shock and inspire today,” the creative collective said in a statement. “With unique Southern charm and a nothing-to-lose attitude, Ray Hill can still convince just about anybody that where there’s life, there’s hope. The Trouble With Ray connects Texas’ audacious LGBT history to today’s ever-changing political and cultural landscape.”

The film also includes interviews with other Houston LGBT trailblazers, such as Mayor Annise Parker, Judge Phyllis Frye, and Sissy Farenthold. “Thanks to a small group of activists—with Ray Hill’s mouth at the megaphone—a thriving LGBT community charged out of the closet to join a bold, national movement,” Proud Pony said.

The Kickstarter for The Trouble With Ray launched on November 10 and will continue through December 9. To donate to this project, visit bit.ly/rayhilldoc.

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Megan Smith

Megan Smith is the Assistant Editor for OutSmart Magazine.

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