Issue No. 08 | Identity Checks
Who Are You?
“Black History Month is in the shortest month of the year, and the coldest—just in case we want to have a parade,” said the comedian Chris Rock in 2015. This month, we’re throwing a parade of sorts, with a selection of stories that explore the subject of identity. Anchored by The Loving Generation—a documentary series about mixed-race Americans born just before and after the 1967 Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision—our February issue features narratives about the tenuous coming-out of older transwomen, a beautifully-animated video series about a mysterious murder in Australia, and a devastating, Oscar-nominated short profiling the loving marriage of an elderly couple named Edith and Eddie. We believe that the much-maligned concept of “identity politics” is something to take seriously; the personal is, has been, and always will be, political.
Nominated for an Academy Award®, this devastating short film tells the story of the country’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Edith and Eddie are deeply in love, but that’s not where the story ends.
5 Parts | 12 min This series features distinct perspectives on, pathways to, and experiences of homelessness. The 2015 interviews were conducted while each subject was having a portrait painted or drawn, as part of a project called Face New York. https://www.bowery.org/donate/
The Loving Generation
4 Parts | 37 min The 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia overturned all laws forbidding interracial marriage. The Loving Generation tells the story of how a generation of Americans born to one black and one white parent experience race and identity in a divided United States.
In the late ‘60s, California university campuses were teeming with new ideas. This group of UCLA students put them in a magazine called Gidra.