Hank Wilson (1947-1008)
Hank was the fiercest gay activist you never heard of. Beginning in the 1970s, he started more than 20 organizations. His Gay Film Festival in 1977 became what is now The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, the longest-running and largest LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world. The AIDS Memorial Candlelight March, which he co-founded in 1983, is now the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, organized by 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries. For 20 years Hank ran the Ambassador Hotel, a 150-room residency hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, where he pioneered a harm-reduction approach to social services. During the worst years of the AIDS epidemic, thousands of people with HIV found housing and care at the Ambassador. Many hundreds died there.
- Hank Wilson Wikipedia
- The City of Saint Francis Loses Its Own Saint Henry, by Bob Ostertag
- Hank Wilson: Teresa of the Tenderloin, by Tom Carter
Hank was an extremely modest man who avoided the spotlight in general and cameras in particular. In place of all the pictures and footage Hank managed to avoid, the film will feature the animation of Jeremy Rourke.
Bob Ostertag has published more than 20 CDs of music, 5 books, and, as part of Living Cinema, several movies. His writings on contemporary politics have been published on every continent and in many languages. Bob was an intimate friend of Hank Wilson.
The GLBT Historical Society, whose archives hold the Hank Wilson papers, is serving as the fiscal sponsor for the movie.
Thanks to Hank is also supported by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, who canonized Hank as the Patron Saint of Plague Survivors, Queer Underdogs, Housing Justice, and Compassionate Action.