Melissa Etheridge Narrates 'After Stonewall'

Sequel to PBS's 'Before Stonewall' documents gay and lesbian life following landmark New York riots of 1969

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge lends her acclaimed voice to the narration of After Stonewall, the long awaited sequel to the Emmy Award winning 1984 documentary Before Stonewall. Etheridge said, "I am deeply honored to be a part of this important telling of our community's history and contributions." After Stonewall is scheduled to air nationally on PBS stations throughout the U.S. on June 23, 1999 at 9:00pm EDT, according to the documentary producer, John Scagliotti.

Etheridge's narration chronicles the growth and empowerment of the gay and lesbian community following the historic 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, which represent a pivotal moment in the struggle for visibility and equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people. "Having Melissa give the voice of gay and lesbian history makes a very resonant statement to all viewers about the importance of our story," said John Scagliotti, After Stonewall's creator and producer. "We are equally proud she has agreed to share her talents with us in this personal and memorable way."

As with its popular predecessor Before Stonewall, After Stonewall includes archival and never-released footage from the gay and lesbian community, including personal videos and 8mm home movies, as well as exclusive interviews conducted by Scagliotti with many of the principals. After Stonewall explores many facets of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities, with domestic and international footage, including glimpses of last year's Gay Games in Amsterdam. "People must be educated about the profound effect and change gays and lesbians have had on the shaping of the 20th century," said Scagliotti. "These people and their stories prompted our country to question its own fundamental values with regards to family, work, religion and relationships."

Significant underwriting funds for After Stonewall were made available through grants from Subaru of America, Inc., the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by the Soros Documentary Fund, the Gill Foundation, the H. Van Ameringen Foundation, the Joseph and Sally Handleman Charitable Foundation, and many individual contributions.

Information and images from After Stonewall can be accessed by visiting the documentary's Web site at http://www.afterstonewall.com.

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