HBO Documentary Honors the Life of Gay-Rights Activist Vito Russo


If you were born after the AIDS epidemic broke out in the gay community, here’s an LGBT history lesson for you: HBO has started airing “Vito,” a new documentary about the life of New York City gay activist Vito Russo. Vito, as he was commonly known, was one of the starters of the gay rights movement; he helped found many of today’s well-known gay rights organizations.

He was an early member of Gay Activists Alliance. He was also one of the co-founders of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which was formed to ensure that media representation of gays and lesbians was accurate.

The documentary features archival interviews with Vito, as well as insights from gay rights activists, including: Larry Kramer and Arthur Evans. “Vito” also offers personal accounts from some of his closest friends, including Lily Tomlin and Bruce Vilanch, and his family members.

The next airing of “Vito” will be on Wednesday, July 25 at 8 p.m. For more information, check the documentaries section on

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