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Before Stonewall (1984)

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The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement.

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Rita Mae Brown ...
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Red Jordan Arobateau ...
Himself - writer
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Herself - university professor
Lisa Ben ...
Herself - former secretary
Gladys Bentley ...
Herself - Nightclub Singer (voice) (archive footage)
George Buse ...
Himself - newspaper reporter, former Army Chaplain
Carroll Davis ...
Himself - performer
Martin Duberman ...
Himself - historian and playwright
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Himself
Barbara Gittings ...
Herself - gay activist
Barbara Grier ...
Herself - publisher
Mabel Hampton ...
Herself - dancer, former domestic worker
Harry Hay ...
Himself - political activist
Dorothy Hillaire ...
Herself - Native American activist (as Dorothy 'Smilie' Hillaire)
Evelyn Hooker ...
Herself (as Dr. Evelyn Hooker)
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New York City's Stonewall Inn is regarded by many as the site of gay and lesbian liberation since it was at this bar that drag queens fought back against police June 27-28, 1969. This documentary uses extensive archival film, movie clips and personal recollections to construct an audiovisual history of the gay community before the Stonewall riots. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Over the Rainbow
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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Judy Garland
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A Landmark Documentary
5 November 2000 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I have lost count of the number of times I have seen this wonderful documentary. The archival material alone -- film clips and still photographs of gay life in America between 1900 and the '60s -- is enough to make this film a treasure; but it is the interviews with survivors of the pre-Stonewall era that make Before Stonewall a priceless heirloom of gay studies and a must in the personal education of any socially conscious person interested in gay culture.


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