Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives is a 1977 documentary film featuring interviews with 26 gay men and women. In the 1970s the gay movement was just beginning and the gay community was largely invisible. At the time, straight people determined the public perception that evoked very negative images. The interviews are stories of coming out, falling in and out of love, and struggling against prejudice, stereotypes, and discriminatory laws. The participants range in age from 18 to 77 and live across the country - from San Francisco to New Mexico to Boston. Their lives are just as diverse - a housewife, student, conservative businessman and a sultry drag queen. The film startled audiences when it was released in theaters and on television. It was the first full-length feature film that revealed the gay community in such a candid and honest way. The film served as an icon of the gay rights movement.