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On June 27, 1969, police raided The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. In a spontaneous show of support and frustration, the city's gay community rioted for three nights in the streets, an event that is considered the birth of the modern Gay Rights Movement.
The award winning film Before Stonewall pries open the closet door, setting free the dramatic story of the sometimes horrifying public and private existences experienced by gay and lesbian Americans since the 1920s. Revealing and often humorous, this widely acclaimed film relives the emotionally-charged sparking of today's gay rights movement, from the events that led to the fevered 1969 riots to many other milestones in the brave fight for acceptance.
Experience the fascinating and unforgettable, decade-by-decade history of homosexuality in America through eye-opening historical footage and amazing interviews with those who lived through an often brutal closeted history.
Entertaining and enlightening! --Los Angeles Times
Funny, sad, courageous and touching! --Seattle Times
Shocking, revealing, humorous and thoroughly compassionate! --San Francisco Examiner
a white washed, homonationalist, doctored telling of american queer history.Published 2 months ago by eduardo
Excellent documentary, nice to see considering there is so little of our history documented like this.Published 3 months ago by Connie Jewell
A fascinating if somewhat limited history. I would have liked a bit more depth, though a pursuit of depth often leads to inaccuracy. All in all, a pleasant experience.Published 12 months ago by L. Davis Palmer
Lets white wash queer history. Dress it up in straight clothes and show that we queers are just like everyone else. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderfull done history of gay life before the rights of today. Also give to those who were the leaders who lead the way for todays rightsPublished 16 months ago by john kohorst
Someone was brilliant in choosing the right people to focus on and interview in this film. All of them are brave, interesting and have wonderful and sometimes very painful stories... Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Brink
Watched for a class this Spring, very informative, recommend watching After Stonewall as well! Gives you a better insight on the struggle for LGBT equality in America.Published 17 months ago by BPD
This is an incredible documentary examining the event leading up to the Stonewall riots. Anyone studying historical events relating to LGBT issues, will benefit from watching this. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Barbara Ashland