Emmy Award-winner John Scagliotti guides us in a wondrous tour of erotic history, poetry and visual art in this point-of-view documentary on same-sex desire from ancient times to Victorian crimes. 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. With dozens of experts he revels in lesbian love spells from ancient Rome, censored chapters of the Kamasutra, Native American two-spirit rituals and more. A prequel to Before Stonewall, Before Homosexuals unearths the garden of human sexual delights and the endurance and creativity of “an army of lovers”.
A Note From The Director:
Our film, “After Stonewall” allowed us to show how every institution had to change in the late 20th century to accommodate the millions of LGBT people who came out making demands for justice and equality. That liberating process in the late 20th century also helped the producers find this newly uncovered material of early same-sex love and desire that now makes up the film “Before Homosexuals.”
“While [we were] making ‘Before Stonewall’ there were no LGBT archives. In order to make the film, [we] had to interview hundreds of people from all over America. They provided us with the material and history that we needed. This film ‘Before Homosexuals’ is our history. This is the history lesson that we all need. This film is the affirmation of same-sex love that was etched in stone some 2,500 years ago.”
THE FILMMAKER: John Scagliotti has produced many now-classic documentaries, such as BEFORE STONEWALL, AFTER STONEWALL, and DANGEROUS LIVING. He also created the first LGBT radio show (THE LAVENDER HOUR, 1973) and television series on PBS (IN THE LIFE, 1991 to 2012). In recognition of his service to the LGBT community, he received an honorary doctorate from Marlboro College, VT.