Joining Paris Is Burning (1990) and How to Survive a Plague (2012) in the top tier of documentaries concerning LGBTQ+ history and culture, this 1984 film relays queer experiences in the half millennium preceding the Stonewall uprising of 1969, an event many recognize as the public debut of the gay rights movement in the United States. Codirectors Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg utilize revealing interviews with gay elders and riveting archival footage to recount an essential story about a once secret and scattered group living on the fringes of heteronormative society. Political activist Harry Hay describes how gay men cruised each other in the 1920s and ’30s—wearing a red necktie, for example, so that a similarly inclined man might approach and ask a coded question like “Do you have a match?”—while feminist writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde calls out white lesbians for empathizing with her in private but never standing up for her in public. The documentary probes these intersections and prioritizes the stories of ordinary citizens alongside gay icons such as Lorde and Allen Ginsberg to illuminate a subculture during its push from the “twilight world” of the demimonde into the light of the broader social sphere. Their collective struggle for acceptance and equality, replete with indignities that seem to chase every hard-won fight, continues with the current generation.