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Stonewall Scotland presents: Before Stonewall

October 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free – £8
Two smiling men in army uniforms have their arms around each others shoulders in an old black and white image.

On June 27 1969, police raided The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York. In a spontaneous show of support and frustration, the city’s queer community rioted for three nights, an event often considered the birth of the modern LGBT Rights Movement. Revealing and often humorous, Before Stonewall exposes the fascinating decade-by-decade history of homosexuality in America, from 1920s Harlem through to World War II and the witch hunt trials of the McCarthy era. Essential viewing for all those who have celebrated their sexuality, or have been persecuted because of it.

In partnership with Stonewall Scotland, working to ensure LGBT communities here and abroad are Accepted Without Exception.


Tickets are priced on a sliding scale £0-£8 depending on what you can afford. To book, please use the button below.

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This event has an age rating of 12.

Film has English audio with English language subtitles/captions.

Film is relatively accessible to English-speaking blind and partially sighted audiences – there is some visual storytelling but a reasonable amount of explanatory dialogue with moderately bright images. Large print versions of handouts available.

The Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema has reasonable access for wheelchair users and welcomes assistance animals. Please get in touch with [email protected] for further venue access information.

Programme content notes will be available. Click here for a list of content notes for the 2019 Festival.

If you would like to reserve seating at this event, please contact [email protected].

We have a limited travel fund to assist people to come to the Festival for those who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for this, please contact [email protected].


In order to make SQIFF more accessible to those on a low income, we use a sliding scale ticket price of £0-£8 for our events. You can choose what you pay based on your circumstances – you won’t be asked for any proof / ID, we just ask that you are honest! Our ticket sales go towards supporting the vital work of LGBTQ+ filmmakers, artists and organisers. If you have a free ticket and can no longer use it, please contact the relevant venue box office to let them know so it can be used by someone else. For more info on what you should pay, click here.


October 5, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – £8
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The Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema
304 Maryhill Road
Glasgow, G20 7YE United Kingdom
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