In 1969 the patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village transformed a routine police raid into the beginning of the LGBT movement with three nights of rioting—an event which has since become a cornerstone of modern gay history.
“Before Stonewall” moves through 20th century history and examines the social and cultural context leading up to this “sudden” burst of political energy: highlighting the social experimentation of the Roaring Twenties, to the discovery of the true size of this “hidden society” during World War II, to the scapegoating of homosexuals during the McCarthy era, to the development of the early homophile rights movement.
“Before Stonewall” provides an informative and engaging portrait of the history of LGBT experience in America. Using filmed recollections and a wealth or archival material, it traces the social, political, and cultural development of the LGBT community.
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