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Before Stonewall (1984)

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87 min | Documentary, History

The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement.
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Release date
Jun 27, 1985 (United States)

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Rita Mae Brown
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Maua Adele Ajanaku
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Red Jordan Arobateau
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Ann Bannon
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Lisa Ben
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Gladys Bentley
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Ivy Bottini
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George Buse
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Carroll Davis
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Martin Duberman
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Grant Gallup
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Allen Ginsberg
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Barbara Gittings
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Barbara Grier
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Mabel Hampton
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Harry Hay
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Dorothy Hillaire
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Evelyn Hooker
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Jheri
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Frank Kameny
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Jim Kepner
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Audre Lorde
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Nancy MacCulloch
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Bruce Nugent
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Henry Otis
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Johnnie Phelps
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Craig Rodwell
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Ted Rolfs
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Chuck Rowland
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Jose Sarria
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Donna Smith
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Ricky Streiker
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Hank Vilas
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Kenneth Anger
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Coral Browne
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Louis Dumar
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Betty Friedan
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Martin Luther King
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Mitchell Lewis
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Jimmy Mordecai
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Thomas Morris
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Alla Nazimova
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7.6 / 10 | 766 votes