Our director John Scagliotti had the great pleasure to be a guest on today’s “Where We Live” with host Lucy Nalpathanchil to talk about ancient LGBT history and today’s LGBT movement. Listen to the show here.
The “Before Homosexuals” crew while re-enacting the Sapphic plays of Natalie Clifford Barney at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro. In this photo: Liz LaVorgna, Mel Motel, Ariel Nelson, Gemma Symour, Anne Jedrzejewski, Krystie Curtiss, Nicole LoPresti, HB Lozito, John Scagliotti, and Remi Anderson.
“Before Homosexuals: The Prequel to Before Stonewall” couldn’t have been possible without the help of so many people: our donors, experts, crew, and our local Vermont community. Since so many of our local friends and neighbors assisted in the creation of this film, we have organized a Vermont Premiere screening of “Before Homosexuals” at the Latchis Theatre, presented by The Brattleboro Film Festival.
While John Scagliotti was news director at WBCN in 1975 he was arrested by the Boston Police vice squad and charged with “soliciting to commit unnatural and lascivious acts.” A jury dressed in festive St. Patrick’s Day attire quickly brought a verdict: guilty as charged. Scagliotti fought that conviction all the way to the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, and with the help of the ACLU, the initial ruling was overturned.
It was a landmark decision for gays and lesbians, and for personal freedom.
Representative Barney Frank at the time told Gay Community News: “This is binding. In effect, it has amended the state’s laws against unnatural acts.… Private consensual, homosexual sex is not convictable.”
Now, more than 40 years later, Scagliotti returns to the scene of the crime April 8th, 2017 at 2PM at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to present the world premiere screening of “Before Homosexuals: The Prequel to Before Stonewall” as part of the 33rd Annual Wicked Queer LGBT Film Festival. He will be joined by members of the crew and cast for a lively Q&A session after the screening.
As the late Louis Crompton says in “Before Homosexuals” about the Italian Renaissance, “A number of the artists themselves were undoubtedly homosexual.” Florentines had the most notorious reputations about their sexual proclivities. After interviewing Michael Rocke (Author and Senior Research Associate at Villa I Tatti the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies) and Dr. James Saslow (author of Ganymede in the Renaissance: Homosexuality in Art and Society) the evidence is clear. We offer this sneak peak of our section on Renaissance Florence from “Before Homosexuals”.
Tickets will be available March 23rd, 2017 for the world premiere screening event of “Before Homosexuals: The Prequel to Before Stonewall” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as part of the 33rd annual Wicked Queer LGBT Film Festival. Join director John Scagliotti and Dr. Bernadette Brooten at 2PM on April 8, 2017 and stay after the screening for a lively Q&A session.