Lecturer and Alumna Direct Documentary on the Challenges of Older Lesbians

Monday, July 01, 2019
Photo of Sally Gearhart and dog in an old vehicle
A scene from A Great Ride, a documentary that features LGBTQ activist Sally Gearhart, professor emerita of Communication Studies.

SF STATE NEWS -- Aging can be rough for anyone. But when you’re part of a marginalized, often underrepresented community — LGBTQ seniors, for instance — it can be extra tough. San Francisco State University Lecturer of Health Education Deborah Craig and former San Francisco State student Véronica Duport Déliz shed light on those barriers through a short film that has a humorous yet poignant take on aging.

Co-directed by Craig and Déliz, the documentary A Great Ride looks at older lesbians who live in several different communities in Northern California. The film features SF State Professor Emerita Sally Gearhart, an LGBTQ activist who was the first open lesbian to obtain a tenure-track faculty position in the U.S. — a distinction she achieved while teaching at SF State.