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Before Stonewall1984

  • 4.3
In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the Gay Liberation Movement had begun. 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.

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Interesting interviews. The Eisenhower story was intriguing; the General sure wouldn't "pass muster" in today's Republican Party lol

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I still love this movie. It launched my career and for the first time put queer people into the dominant culture narrative.

This is an essential resource for oral history of the early and mid-twentieth century gay experience and reflects the diversity of queerness in the United States.

beautifully historic and powerful. loved it!!

Very informational of an era where people were being persecuted openly. This time period is not long ago and still continues in secret. Tolerance through education is one way today's homosexual community benefits from it's abusive past. As laws change around the nation, we are witnessing a slow process of evolutionary significance. The main resistant culture belongs to biblical followers. They feel a spiritual and intellectual advantage due to biblical scripture denouncing this behavior. I do believe that like slavery gave a certain group an advantage, this issue is in fact a civil course, allowing a un-even playing field. Where we are sworn to be free men, all in the quest for happiness? That's why it is extremely important to protect the LGBT community with laws. We have a governing body that separates church and state issues, we must pursue that, abide by that and enforce those issues to balance the playing field.

a must watch

great history of brave LGBT people

Great history! Every gay and gay-friendly person should know this stuff!

Terrific documentary about gay life with tons of amazing interviews and historical footage and photos.

A good historical piece

Interesting bit of history

Interesting how this all began. Only in America.