Before Homosexuals is the prequel to the Emmy Award-winning film Before Stonewall.
On Saturday, December 20th, we achieved our fundraising goal before the campaign closed on December 21st, but we hope that won't dissuade you from joining our project and being a part of history. Contributions can continue to be made through our fiscal sponsor, The Center for Independent Documentary at http://documentaries.org/cid-films/before-homosexuals/
When all is said and done, the most prominent reason for this prequel is simple: when we began the research work for Before Stonewall we had intended to begin where it should have begun - in ancient times.
Because of extreme homophobia in the historian world in 1983 - be it museums, universities, archives (homosexuality wasn't even a category at the National Archives), anthropology fields and foundations that funded such historical explorations, we were unable to go back in our historical timeline for Before Stonewall to anything further than the people we interviewed whose life spans in 1983 (almost all our interviewees of Before Stonewall are now dead) brought us to the early 1920's. They became our primary sources and much of the archival and stock footage material came out from under their beds or from their attics.
Now due to a important changes in the field of historical preservation and primary research in that world we are now able to find the material that allows us to make what we now call the prequel to Before Stonewall.
Part of that reality we had to overcome will be interwoven into the narrative of Before Homosexuals and will include that point of view by the director, John Scagliotti.
We Need Your Help
With some early funding, we were able to do some amazing work! We've interviewed dozens of experts from around the world. Our editing machine is now overflowing with material on images, stories, and poetry, spanning thousands of years of same-sex history.
We need your help now to bring our four and a half hour long rough-cut down to feature-length. Your generous contributions will help us pay for editing as well as motion graphics. This film depends on motion graphics, because much of the materials available to us are paintings, sculpture, text, and stories. There is no archival footage from ancient Egypt! So we need your help to bring our history to life in full high definition.
Other Ways You Can Help
In addition to directly supporting this Kickstarter campaign, become one of our Saving History Ambassadors! Spread the word about our project. Tell your co-workers, friends, family-- anyone who needs to hear about this important documentary. Go to our Facebook page and like, share, and post your thoughts.
Thank you for your generous support.
UPDATE – 11/21/2014
We, the "Before Homosexuals" crew could not possibly put together this film project without the tireless efforts of LGBT researchers like Louis Crompton. His course on gay studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1970 was one of only two in existence! His final book, “Homosexuality and Civilization” chronicles 2,500 years of LGBT world history. Because of this, we are happy to announce that “Before Homosexuals” will be dedicated to his memory.
We were fortunate enough to interview Louis in 2009, weeks before his passing. His four-hour-long interview is overflowing with valuable information on our history. Since we can only include a tiny fraction of his interview in the final film, we are making available his full-length transcript in a new reward, offered by this Kickstarter campaign. The CROMPTON DEDICATION reward will include a printed and bound copy of his full 43-page interview transcript for “Before Homosexuals.”
Thank you to Louis and the other researchers who have been working to bring to light this lost history.We would especially like to thank Louis's husband, Luis Diaz-Perdomo, for affording us access to Louis and their home, during Louis’s last days, so that we could conduct this important interview.
UPDATE - 11/24/14
Hey folks, we have some fabulous news. Our T-shirts have arrived! Yes, our “Before Homosexuals” T-shirts are printed and ready to go. Aren’t they neat? On the front, you will see our lovely “Before Homosexuals” logo, and on the back is a quote from one of our interviewees, Bernadette Brooten. “Without preserving this, our lives are totally wiped out… it depends upon each fragment of information being saved…”
With a $50 contribution, you get one of these limited edition T-shirts, and with a $150 contribution, you get the T-shirt and a copy of the “Before Homosexuals” director’s cut on DVD. Now that’s pretty cool.
NEW COMBO PACKS!
In response to some requests we've received, we've decided to add a bunch of new combo packs! Thinking you might want a T-shirt and a DVD? Or maybe that special edition poster sounds neat, but so does the lesbian love spell? Well, now you can have both!
"But I've already made a donation. What can I do?" Glad you asked! If you've already made a donation, but would like to have one of these fabulous combo packs instead, just update your donation to one of these new rewards. You won't be billed twice at the end. Your request and donation will simply be changed from the old one to the new one. So go ahead and take a peak.
Here are the new rewards we've just added:
THE LEGACY COMBO PACK – Get both the limited edition "Before Homosexuals" T-shirt (S,M,L,XL,2XL) and your choice of one of John Scagliotti's previous films (Before Stonewall, After Stonewall, or Dangerous Living). We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.
2-SPIRIT COMBO PACK – Break out of the gender binary box with this combination reward. Receive a limited edition "Before Homosexuals" T-shirt (S,M,L,XL,2XL) AND a limited edition "Before Homosexuals" movie poster, featuring our heroes from history, who were too fabulous to be defined by simply male or female. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.
WOMEN ROCK COMBO PACK – Receive a special edition “Before Homosexuals” movie poster, featuring our heroines from across the centuries AND a limited edition "Before Homosexuals" T-shirt (S,M,L,XL,2XL) AND a personalized Ancient Lesbian Love Spell to bind your lover's soul to your soul. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.
HE-MAN COMBO PACK – Receive a limited edition "Before Homosexuals" T- shirt (S,M,L,XL,2XL) AND a limited edition "Before Homosexuals" movie poster, featuring our studly heroes from antiquity. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website. By the power of Grayskull!
FILM FANATIC COMBO PACK – Receive all four DVDS: “Before Stonewall”, “After Stonewall”, “Dangerous Living”, and “Before Homosexuals”. AND a limited edition "Before Homosexuals" T-shirt (S,M,L,XL,2XL) AND a "Before Homosexuals" postcard, signed by our director, John Scagliotti. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.
We'll be adding new rewards all month long, so be on the look out!
UPDATE - 12/08/14
Charles Laquidara's radio show on Boston’s WBCN, “The Big Mattress,” was one of the hottest and most important morning shows in the nation. My late partner Andy Kopkind and myself were fortunate to work with Charles at WBCN. (I actually did the news on "The Big Mattress" at 6AM). Charles is a heterosexual man, but he was one of Andy Kopkind and my closest friends. While no longer at WBCN, Charles continues to incite and inform his many fans via social media. He is exciting, curious about life and his surroundings, and was able to surround himself with like-minded people. This is one of the reasons why his radio show was so incredibly smart and successful.
We learned much from him, and from us he learned what it meant to be gay in the US. So it comes as no surprise that Charles supported and continues to support my film work covering LGBT history. He recently became a backer with a pledge to my "Before Homosexuals" Kickstarter campaign. While this film is about early same-sex history, I have always tried to make my work accessible to those who are not LGBT. Beginning from the national air date in 1986 on PBS of "Before Stonewall" and the TV show IN THE LIFE (21 years on PBS,) my media projects have reached out to thousands of “straight” folks.
So now I am reaching out to my straight allies to help fund "Before Homosexuals", and I am pleased to report many are doing so already. So in honor of Charles and the many others who "get it," we the "Before Homosexuals" team have created a couple new rewards for our allies. We need your support!
THE LAQUIDARA FACTOR - Thank you! Your support not only helps us to make this documentary project a reality, but it also demonstrates that the LGBT community has allies! Your name will be added to our Thank You Honor Roll on our official website (www.beforehomosexuals.com) under the heading "Allies". We can't do it without you!
THE LAQUIDARA COMBO - Receive DVD copies of both "Before Stonewall" and "After Stonewall." Watch them, and share them with your loved ones. Educate the people around you about LGBT history. You have the power to make a difference! Your name will be added to our Thank You Honor Roll on our official website (www.beforehomosexuals.com) under the heading "Allies". We can't do it without you!
Risks and challenges
This film has the potential to be truly powerful, and we know there is a worldwide audience ready to learn about their history--one that until recently has been deliberately kept hidden, ignored, and even destroyed. With your generous support, our goal is to finish the film by the end of 2016.
As with any film, finishing funds is what actually determines the release date. And those Kickstarter rewards based on the release of the film will be sent out accordingly. Through our Facebook page, we will keep our contributors updated on the progress of the film, and we look forward to maintaining an open communication with all of our supporters.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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