BEFORE HOMOSEXUALS: A Benefit for the GLBT Historical Society

November 11 only




This benefit screening of Before Homosexuals takes the viewer on a wondrous tour of same-sex desire from ancient times to Victorian crimes. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker John Scagliotti guides us in this expedition of erotic history, poetry and visual art in this point-of-view documentary. He explores how the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the growth of LGBT political power in the 1990s cleared the path for artists and scholars to re-discover pre-20th century same-sex desires. Weaving dozens of expert interviews with art and poetry, he revels in lesbian love spells from ancient Rome, homoerotic verses of Michelangelo, censored chapters of the Kamasutra, Native American two-spirit rituals and more. A prequel to the 1986 PBS national broadcast Before Stonewall, Before Homosexuals unearths the garden of human sexual delights and the endurance and creativity of “an army of lovers”. Screening sponsored by The Center for Independent Documentary and Pride of the Ocean Saving History Film Cruise

About the beneficiary: The 32-year-old GLBT Historical Society maintains one of the largest collections of LGBTQ historical material in the world, including approximately 1,000 hours of film and video, 1,000 hours of recorded sound, and more than 500 oral histories. The society also sponsors San Francisco’s GLBT History Museum. This event will support the society’s video and film assets, including its oral history and digitizing projects.

Tickets: $12.50 general admission / $10.00 GLBT Historical Society Members with membership card or copy of receipt.

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