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A feature-length documentary on same-sex history from ancient Egypt to 1900 AD, featuring rediscovered works of art and poetry.
A feature-length documentary on same-sex history from ancient Egypt to 1900 AD, featuring rediscovered works of art and poetry.
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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.

Louis Crompton, Ph.D., interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"
Louis Crompton, Ph.D., interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"

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.

Ruth Vanita, interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"
Ruth Vanita, interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"

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.

James Saslow Ph.D., interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"
James Saslow Ph.D., interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"

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.

Bernadette Brooten Ph.D., interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"
Bernadette Brooten Ph.D., interviewed for "Before Homosexuals"

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.

Louis Crompton, prepping for his interview for "Before Homosexuals."
Louis Crompton, prepping for his interview for "Before Homosexuals."

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…”

Comes in: S,M,L,XL,2XL
Comes in: S,M,L,XL,2XL
Comes in: S,M,L,XL,2XL
Comes in: S,M,L,XL,2XL

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.

Charles Laquidara (left) and Andy Kopkind (right)
Charles Laquidara (left) and Andy Kopkind (right)

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!

New Rewards

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.

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    “BEFORE STONEWALL DVD” – Support our latest project while enjoying some of John Scagliotti’s other great films! Receive a DVD copy of the Emmy-winning film that started it all. “Before Stonewall” (1983) uncovers the history of the Gay and Lesbian community, prior to the Stonewall Rebellion. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    “AFTER STONEWALL DVD” – Support our latest project while enjoying some of John Scagliotti’s other great films! Receive a DVD copy of “After Stonewall” (1999), a retrospective of the Gay Rights Movement from the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion to the end of the 20th Century. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    “DANGEROUS LIVING DVD” – Support our latest project while enjoying some of John Scagliotti’s other great films! Receive a DVD copy of “Dangerous Living” (2003), the documentary presenting the realities of coming out in the developing world. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    “ANCIENT LOVE SPELL” – Makes a great gift! Call upon the spirits to bind your lover’s soul to your soul. Provide us the name of your heart’s desire, and our in-house priestess will do the rest. Receive a personalized Love Spell in the mail. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website. Not sure how the love spell works? See our Kickstarter video and find out!

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    “BEFORE HOMOSEXUALS T-SHIRT” – Show your pride with a fabulous “Before Homosexuals” logo T-shirt. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    SPECIAL EDITION MOVIE POSTER: MEN – Receive a special edition “Before Homosexuals” movie poster, featuring our heroes from across the centuries. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    SPECIAL EDITION MOVIE POSTER: TWO SPIRIT – Receive a special edition “Before Homosexuals” movie poster, featuring our heroines & heroes from across the centuries. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    WHERE THE BEARS ARE - Our director, John Scagliotti, has many balls in the air. One of his favorite projects is the Vermont Bear Film Festival, a private gay men's event in Vermont, that he runs with his partner Dave. With your contribution, you will receive one early admittance ticket to this film festival! There, John will show a sneak preview of "Before Homosexuals," with a short excerpt of the film. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    STONEWALL COMBO – Support our latest project while enjoying two of John Scagliotti’s other great films! Receive a DVD copy of "Before Stonewall" AND" After Stonewall." We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    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!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD – Be the first to see “Before Homosexuals!” Be granted access to an exclusive digital download of “Before Homosexuals,” in advance of the film’s DVD release. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    THE MOVIE! – Because of you and our many other generous supporters, this film is becoming a reality. Receive a DVD copy of “Before Homosexuals” in advance of the film’s DVD release. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    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.

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    THE DIRECTOR’S CUT! – Receive a DVD copy of the director’s cut of “Before Homosexuals,” in advance of the film’s DVD release. This version will include scenes removed for purposes of television broadcast and distribution, and will include an interview with director John Scagliotti about the film’s production. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    THE DIRECTOR’S COMBO PACK – Receive a DVD copy of the director’s cut of “Before Homosexuals,” in advance of the film’s DVD release. This version will include scenes removed for purposes of television broadcast and distribution, and will include an interview with director John Scagliotti about the film’s production. You will also receive a “Before Homosexuals” logo T-shirt. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    THE DVD COMBO PACK – Receive all four DVDS: “Before Stonewall”, “After Stonewall”, “Dangerous Living”, and “Before Homosexuals”. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    CROMPTON DEDICATION – In honor of the memory of Louis Crompton, celebrated historian and pioneer of LGBT studies, this reward includes a printed and bound copy of his full 43-page interview transcript for “Before Homosexuals.” This amazing interview was conducted a few weeks before Louis's passing. He so wanted to have us record his story that even in his last days he and his partner, Luis Diaz-Perdomo, afforded us so many hours of access to Louis and their home. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    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.

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    “UNCOMMON HEROES” – Copy of book, “Uncommon Heroes”, signed by two of the profiled heroes: US gold medalist, Greg Louganis, and filmmaker John Scagliotti, from the director’s own personal collection. We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    CREDIT FUNDERS – Add your name to the historical record! Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    FILM TRIM: BARBARA GITTINGS – Save an actual piece of history! Framed and matted: photograph of lesbian activist Barbara Gittings with film trim from the editing bin of “Before Stonewall” (produced by John Scagliotti) and a page from her interview transcript. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    FILM TRIM: FRANK KAMENY – Save an actual piece of history! Framed and matted: photograph gay activist Frank Kameny with film trim from the editing bin of “Before Stonewall” (produced by John Scagliotti) and a page from his interview transcript. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    FILM TRIM: BRUCE NUGENT – Save an actual piece of history! Framed and matted: photograph of gay artist Bruce Nugent with film trim from the editing bin of “Before Stonewall” (produced by John Scagliotti) and a page from his interview transcript. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    FILM TRIM: ALLEN GINSBERG – Save an actual piece of history! Framed and matted: photograph of gay beat poet Allen Ginsberg with film trim from the editing bin of “Before Stonewall” (produced by John Scagliotti) and a page from his interview transcript. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND MELISSA ETHERIDGE AUTOGRAPHED CD:

    Melissa's 2nd album "Brave and Crazy", signed by Melissa herself with the inscription,

    To the After Stonewall Crew,
    Thank you for setting our history "straight"
    Love,
    Melissa Etheridge

    We will always be grateful to Melissa Etheridge for making our "After Stonewall" film so unforgettable with the contribution of her voice as the narrator of the film and with her music.

    As an added bonus, if you would like to receive this incentive in time for the holidays, we will be glad to ship it to you after the campaign ends on December 21.

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    FILM TRIM: AUDRE LORDE – Save an actual piece of history! Framed and matted: photograph of self-described black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet Audre Lorde with film trim from the editing bin of “Before Stonewall” (produced by John Scagliotti) and a page from her interview transcript. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    FILM TRIM: CASTRO DISTRICT STREET SCENE– Save an actual piece of history! Framed and matted: photograph of a street scene in San Francisco's Castro District (can you guess the street?), with film trim from the editing bin of “Before Stonewall” (produced by John Scagliotti) and a page from the film's script. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR – Here’s your opportunity to ask director John Scagliotti about the ins and outs of the creation of “Before Homosexuals”. You’ll have an hour-long, one-on-one Skype meeting with the director. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    ORIGINAL “BEFORE STONEWALL” MOVIE POSTER – Receive an original copy of the “Before Stonewall” movie poster, signed by producer John Scagliotti. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    QUEER NATION – Receive a rare copy of The Nation special Issue “A Queer Nation”, edited by the late Andy Kopkind, partner of John Scagliotti, who made a major contribution to the film “Before Stonewall” by interviewing Allen Ginsberg and writing much of the narration for the film. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    WEEKEND WITH THE DIRECTOR – Is a Skype interview not enough for you? With your contribution, you are invited to stay for a weekend at the director’s (John Scagliotti) farm. Stay in a cozy cabin, located on the director’s property. And enjoy a lovely meal, prepared by the director, at his home in Vermont. Available weekends are negotiable. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals”, under the heading of “Thank You for Your Support.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    MAJOR CREDIT FUNDERS – Add your name to the historical record! Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals,” under the heading of “Major Funders.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    THE LAVENDER HOUR – “Before Homosexuals” director John Scagliotti made his bones in the radio business, by producing the very first GLBT radio show on commercial radio (WBCN Boston). That show was “The Lavender Hour.” With your contribution, you will receive a CD complete with all of the original episodes from this groundbreaking program. Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals,” under the heading of “Major Funders.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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    CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT – Add your name to the historical record! Your name will be included in the credit roll of “Before Homosexuals,” under the heading of “Co-Executve Producer.” We will also add your name to our “Thank You Honor Roll” on our official website.

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