Before Stonewall

The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community.

Director: Greta Schiller

Stars: Rita Mae Brown, Allen Ginsberg, Lisa Ben, Evelyn Hooker

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Product Description

On June 27, 1969, police raided The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York. 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. Revealing and often humorous, the award winning Before Stonewall exposes the fascinating and unforgettable decade-by-decade history of homosexuality in America, from 1920’s Harlem through to World War II and the witch hunt trials of the McCarthy era. Before Stonewall is essential viewing for all those who have celebrated their sexuality, or have been persecuted because of it.


  • "An immaculately researched, joyfully told and infinitely inspirational film about ordinary lives made extraordinary."
    -Gay Times

  • "a foundation course in the history of gay rights... thoroughly engrossing"
    Gaydarnation
  • "Touching, warm and funny... a near-perfect balance between historical and political perspectives"
    -Time Out

  • "A fascinating documentary...alternately lively, funny, sad and intelligent"
    -Chicago Tribune
Cast: Rita Mae Brown, Allen Ginsberg, Lisa Ben, Evelyn Hooker
Director: Greta Schiller
Country: USA
Language: English
Format: PAL
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 88 mins
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD Release Date: 22-06-2009
VoD Release Date: 22-06-2009
DVD Extras: Panel Discussion | Interview with Allen Ginsberg | Interview with Audre Lord | The Black Cat Café | 'Tiny & Ruby' Short Film