Gays Against Guns

Gun violence in America is out of control. Over 40,000 dead every year. Profits soar for the gun industry, while most mass shootings no longer even make headline news. Yes, gun violence is horrific. But GAYS AGAINST GUNS are not. These are a gaggle of ex-ACT UP rabble rousers – the same people who brought you marriage equality. And now they’re taking on the NRA. They are hilarious. Irreverent. Whip smart and fearless. You don’t want to fuck with these gays.

GAG came together in immediate response to the Pulse massacre, and instantly grabbed worldwide attention as “the most exciting form of street protest since the 1960s”. The movie captures their exhilarating mix of colorful street theatrics, direct action, and civil disobedience, as they demand an end to the gun violence epidemic. We follow GAG as they invade rural gun shows in drag, protest NRA puppet politicians, and create their haunting processions of white-veiled ‘Human Beings’ representing gun violence victims.

But the film goes deeper. It’s a veritable how-to of queer activism and resistance under a virulent homophobic regime. Yes the Trump election was a horror – but that did not stop these queens. The film shows how it made them stronger and more razor focused in their mission to break the gun industry’s chain of death, and the bigotry that feeds it.

Paul Rowley