Preview Trailer : The Long Road Forward-Chapter 1. This is the follow up film series to the 2004 film "Original Pride". In this first chapter, The Brotherhood, takes us back to the beginning, back to how gay men formed a club against all odds during the height of McCarthyism and the search for Communists.
The club now 60 years old, is one of the most iconic gay men's motorcycle club in the world, setting the standard as the first and oldest gay men's leather/motorcycle club. But the road to get to where The Satyrs are today was not always easy, for Senator, Joe McCarthy, sought anyone in the 1950's who could be caught in a dragnet and labeled a Communist. Just being a "homosexual" in those days automatically branded you as a "commie". If you were caught, publicly outed or entrapped as a "sexual deviant" you lost everything...your job, your home, your life and most likely your family.
Seven men, former military guys, came together with their love of motorcycles and formed the club. But unbelievably, nearly 100 years earlier, gay life was "accepted" until 1914. So how did it take 40 years for these men to brave the world quietly and form a gay club against all odds? These seven men found the courage to form a gay men's club that would become the blueprint for all clubs to come after the death of McCarthy in 1957.
This is the first chapter of five films covering the nearly 60 years of the Satyrs history. The story of the club and its member is important to gay history, including members who fought bar raids and overturned the laws in California Supreme Court that prevented L.A.. Police Chief Parker from false-entrapment of gay men in the bars. The club at 58 years old, is still going strong, with 200+ members over the years and bonded by a brotherhood of motorcyclists.
The Satyrs have been written and talked about by many historians and writers. But for the first time ever, the full, in-depth coverage of one of America's most iconic gay organization is revealed in it's entirety to the public. It is the first full-accounting of the history of the oldest, continuously running, gay organization in the world.