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By backing this project, you are supporting queer cinema, history, and the legacy of the Starlite Lounge.

The Starlite Project is a feature length documentary and online-offline network strategy currently in production.

In 1959, a decade prior to Manhattan’s Stonewall riots, across the bridge in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Starlite Lounge was founded as a non-discriminating establishment for gay people of color. A half century later it came as quite a shock to the neighborhood and the gay community when the Starlite Lounge, now the oldest, Black-owned, non-discriminating establishment was given notice to vacate and ultimately forced to close its doors.

The closing of the Starlite Lounge signals not only the loss of a neighborhood meeting place. For residents and patrons city wide it was a family, a legacy, a safe haven, and a living history of the LGBTQ community.

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