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AFTER STONEWALL LOGO
Long time activists Barbara Gittings (left) and her partner Kay Tobin Lahusen tell the world just how many years they have been fighting for gay rights in After Stonewall. (credit Wayne Marquardt)
The early gay militants would no longer hide who they were at London's First Gay Liberation Front March, Trafalgar Park, August 1971; a rare photo in After Stonewall. (credit Peter Bull)
Looking for an instant cure from the "sickness" of homosexuality, Phil Johnson (left) & Frank Kameny (both interviewed in After Stonewall)
dance together at the American Psychiatric Association Banquet in Dallas, Texas, 1972. (credit Kay Tobin Lahusen)
Producers of After Stonewall walking through NYC's Gansevoort Meatmarket, site of the recreation of the Stonewall riots in Nigel Finch's film "Stonewall", John Scagliotti (center), Janet Baus (left), Dan Hunt (right). (credit DJ White)
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FROM THE RIOTS TO THE MILLENNIUM
Thirty years ago, America's lesbians and gays a largely
closeted, fragmented and shunned community experienced a profound
turning point. On June 27, 1969, in what is considered the birth of the
modern gay civil rights movement, the homosexual, bisexual and transgendered
patrons of the Stonewall Bar in New York City spontaneously united and
fought back against chronic police harassment, jeers and arrests. AFTER
STONEWALL, a 90-minute special airing on PBS Wednesday, June 23, 1999, 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings), chronicles the gay and lesbian experience since the Stonewall riots.
From the emergence of the 70's Gay Liberation Movement and
Womyn's music festivals to the onslaught of AIDS, the vibrant Gay
Games movement and Ellen DeGeneres' highly publicized coming out
performance, AFTER STONEWALL presents a story as compelling, rewarding and provocative as the individual lesbians and gays who defined the era.
Narrated by celebrated musical artist Melissa Etheridge, AFTER STONEWALL
captures the struggles, defeats and triumphs of a proud, though still
stigmatized, community. The film records the personal accounts of gays and lesbians who have transformed not only their own lives, but also American society and the world community. According to program producer John Scagliotti, "These are the stories that prompted the public to question its own fundamental values with regard to family, work, religion and relationships.... Through this film, viewers will be educated about the profound influence gays and lesbians have had on the shaping of the 20th century."
Archival and never-before-released footage from the gay and lesbian community, including personal videos and 8mm home movies, provides the centerpiece of AFTER STONEWALL. Filmmakers interviewed more than 200 people for the film, including author Armistead Maupin; early activists Frank Kameny, Jewelle Gomez and Barbara Gittings; Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.); novelist Dorothy Allison; presidential advisor David Mixner; drag entertainer Charles Ching; best-selling author Rita Mae Brown; gay community leader Elizabeth Birch; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals from all walks of life.
AFTER STONEWALL is the sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary BEFORE STONEWALL, which succeeded in bringing gay and lesbian issues to national attention with its PBS release in 1986. BEFORE STONEWALL, which was produced by Robert Rosenberg, John Scagliotti and Greta Schiller, remains a popular educational documentary repeatedly shown on public television and in homes, schools and workplaces as an honest depiction of the earliest, yet neglected, history of gay life in America. READ THE ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE
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