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This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the online catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. All DVDs listed below are located in Media Services on the Lower Level of Bender Library. To search the library’s complete videos holdings on GLBTA topics keyword searches in the library catalog will be necessary: http://www.american.edu/library/mediaservices/index.cfm
Making the boys. 2011, 1 videodisc (93 min.). "Explores the drama, struggle, and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. The boys in the band sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later. Featuring anecdotes from the surviving cast and filmmakers"--Container. Streaming video.
Mala mala. 1 videodisc (89 min.). Explores intimate moments, performances, friendships and activism of trans identifying people, drag queens and other who defy typical gender identities in Puerto Rico. DVD 12965
The Matthew Shepard story. 2010, 1 videodisc (92 min.). "In a senseless act of hatred, openly gay college student Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998. This critically-acclaimed, moving film recounts the final days of Matthew's killers' trial -- and the weeks leading to Matthew's death -- with unnerving detail"--Container. DVD 12368
Memories of a penitent heart = Memorias de un corazón penitente. 2 videodiscs (72 min.). "Twenty five years after Miguel died from AIDS, his niece, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo, embarks on an excavation into a quagmire of unresolved family drama. Like many gay men in the 1980s, Miguel moved from Puerto Rico to New York City; he found a career in theater and a rewarding relationship. Yet, on his deathbed he grappled to reconcile his homosexuality with his Catholic upbringing. Now, decades after his death, Cecilia locates Miguel's lover Robert, who has been shunned and demonized by the family, in order to understand the whole story. Braiding recently discovered home movies, interviews, and contemporary vérité footage, Memories of a Penitent Heart dissects a family secret while exploring the AIDS crisis and the rarely heard story of Latino artists who died in the early days of the epidemic. This is a moving story about mistakes of the past and second chances that also questions how faith is used in times of crisis."--Tribeca Film Festival website, viewed December 28, 2016. DVD 13826
Milk. 2009, 1 videodisc (129 min.). His life changed history. His courage changed lives. Harvey Milk is a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, became a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977. His election makes him the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States. The following year, both he and the city's mayor, George Moscone, were shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blamed his former colleagues for denying White's attempt to rescind his resignation from the board. Based on the inspiring true story of Harvey Milk. Feature film. DVD 5460
Misfits. 1 online resource (73 minutes). In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a tiny youth center called OpenArms Youth Project is squeezed in between two of the city's two thousand churches. The center welcomes young LGBT kids between thirteen and nineteen, who have decided to come out in a very religious society. But the prize for being yourself is high - and you end up becoming a MISFIT. The three main characters: Larissa, Benny and “D” all go to the center, where they find love and support to confront the daily drama they are facing. While the general public opinion towards gays in the USA is slowly changing, this coming-of-age story closely follows the three young protagonists as they struggle to achieve a sense of self in a community that still widely condemns homosexuality. Streaming video.
Mississippi Queen: The GLBT Community and Ex-gay Ministries in the South. 1 streaming video file (63 min.). This critically acclaimed documentary by gay filmmaker Paige Williams explores the complex relationship between the GLBT community and ex-gay ministries in the South. Her personal struggle to reconnect with her parents, Judy and Jerry-devout Southern Baptists and founders of Mississippi's only ex-gay ministry-forms the core of a gentle yet probing film that challenges stereotypes, homophobia, the concept of identity, and collective shared beliefs about sexuality and religion. Mississippi Queen is "even-keeled and two-sided," says Paige, and "looks at both sides of the coin-homosexuality is a sin and homosexuality is not a sin." Additional commentary is provided by ex-gay ministers Wendy Leger and Sarah Cart, Love in Action's John Smid, and others who offer their opinions, reactions, and insights. Streaming video.
Moonlight. 1 videodisc (approx. 111 min.). A young black man struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Feature film. DVD 13759
Mr. Angel. 1 videodisc (68 min.). Documentary shot over six years that chronicles the extraordinary life of transgender advocate, educator, and porn pioneer Buck Angel. Buck has survived addiction, homelessness, suicide, and relentless opposition to his gender expression. It explores his moving story to understand the complexities of someone who has overcome incredible obstacles, then shamelessly sought the spotlight and its backlash to share his message of empowerment. DVD 12493
Mutantes punk porn feminism. 1 online resource (92 min.). Is pornography an acceptable form of expression - and if so, can distinctions be drawn between different forms of pornography? This documentary raises all of these questions, seeking to provide the answers from the perspective of pro-sex feminism, which asserts that pornography must be wrested from patriarchal control, and that in the hands of women and sexual minorities, it can become a tool of liberation. Director Virginie Despentes (Baise-moi) takes a wide ranging look at the movement and maps the evolution of pro-sex, or "post-porn", from its pioneers like Annie Sprinkle to newer European work like Emilie Jouvet's Too Much Pussy! Filled with roughly two dozen interviews with the likes of B. Ruby Rich, Lydia Lunch, Annie Sprinkle, Catherine Breillat, Del La Grace Volcano, Maria Beatty, Coralie Trinh Thi, Carol Queen, Lynnee Breedlove, Norma Jean Almodovar, and other members of the post-porn movement, Mutantes is part of a very queer feminist revolution. Exploring in comprehensive fashion the various sexual niches of punk porn, queer porn, S and M, and transgender, the film goes a long way toward demystifying a movement that has been several decades in the making. Streaming video.
No Look Pass: The Story of Basketball Star Emily Tay. 1 streaming video file (87 min.). Balancing Hoop Dreams-style sports drama with a rich exploration of cultural and sexual identity, this film tells the story of Harvard point guard Emily Tay - specifically, her quest to play professionally in Europe, transcend the expectations of her conservative Burmese-born parents, and live openly and happily as a lesbian. While Tay's signature "no look pass" leaves no doubt as to her prowess on the court, she faces more difficulty with challenges like forestalling an arranged marriage or fitting into Harvard's daunting social and academic environment. Emily must discover her own American dream - which means moving to Germany, falling in love with a U.S. servicewoman living under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, becoming a team leader, and telling her parents who she really is. In short, she must find the courage to live her own game plan, even if she has to improvise. Streaming video.
The normal heart. 1 videodisc (143 minutes). This HBO Films drama tells the dramatic, poignant and often-exasperating story of the early days of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. DVD 11480
Off and Running. 1 online resource (75 min.). With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers - one mixed-race and one Korean - Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about her African-American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother. This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she's always known. She begins staying away from home, starts skipping school, and risks losing her shot at the college track career she had always dreamed of. But when Avery decides to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her identity, the results are inspiring. Off and Running follows Avery to the brink of adulthood, exploring the strength of family bonds and the lengths people must go to become themselves. Streaming video.
One against one. 1 videodisc (32 min.). Student activist Jacob Tobias fights against North Carolina's anti-equality measure, Amendment One. DVD 74
Orange is the new black. 4 videodiscs (730 minutes). Brooklynite Piper Chapman, whose wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates. TV series. DVD 11416
Oscar Wilde: A Concise Biography. 1 streaming video file (36 min.). This introduction to the life and literature of Oscar Wilde from the Famous Authors series begins by introducing Wilde's passionately political, literary, and flamboyant parents and nineteenth century Dublin, the earliest and strongest influences on the writer. Wilde went on to study classics at Oxford and develop his talents. The film discusses Walter Pater's large influence on Wilde's philosophy, most importantly his idea that everything beautiful was good, and the cultivation of Wilde's theatrical and decadent persona. Eventually, Wilde married, began editing 'The Woman's World,' and garnering literary success for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and his plays. The film finally explores the major scandal of Wilde's life, when he was criminally charged for homosexual acts which, while not secret in society, were formally exposed by his lover Lord Alfred Douglas' father. Wilde went to jail for this offense, and there wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol and De Profundis. Streaming video.
La otra familia. 2012, 1 videodisc (128 min.). When Nina, a drug addict is sent to prison, her young son Hendrix is left to fend for himself. The boy winds up in the custody of Jean Paul and Chema, a gay couple. After their initial misgivings, the couple end up loving Hendrix, whose innocence captures their hearts. Unfortunately, Nina wants her son back, but Jean Paul and Chema are determined to fight for the boy's well being. Feature film. DVD 3901
Out at work. 2009, 1 videodisc. [Original version] (56 min.) Looks at the lives of three gay workers as they struggle to gain equal rights and eradicate homophobic treatment in the workplace. [Out at work: America undercover] (ca. 58 min.) Includes two of the stories found in the orginal version of Out at work as well as the story of a stock trader who was maltreated and sexually harassed by his employers because of his sexual orientation. DVD 12043
Out in America. 1 streaming video file (57 min.). This critically acclaimed PBS documentary is an uplifting collection of unique, transformative stories and inspiring personal narratives told through the lens of the country's most prominent LGBT figures and pioneers, as well as many average, yet extraordinary, citizens from gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. The program weaves together diverse stories- from urban and rural America, from the heartland to New England, from San Francisco to Harlem. Deeply moving and often humorous, viewers will get a glimpse of awakenings, first crushes, unlikely soul mates, intimacy, and liberation. While separated by circumstance and upbringing, the film's subjects are all united in their shared experiences of self-discovery, coming out, pride and love as well as a triumph over adversity and a true sense of belonging. Against the backdrop of historical events, each also traces their own hopes, struggles, influences and contributions towards advancements in equality and broad social change. Streaming video.
Out in Mumbai: A Victory for India's LGBT Community. 1 online resource (52 min.). Established under British colonial rule, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalized consensual sex between adults of the same gender, declaring it "against the order of nature." On July 2, 2009, the Delhi High Court passed a landmark judgment repealing the antiquated clause, thus fulfilling a basic demand of gay rights activists and bringing closure to a decade-long legal battle. This film follows three members of Mumbai's LGBT community as they make their way through the city and celebrate the first anniversary of the historic verdict. Through their widely varied personal stories, the documentary explores the reality of living a queer identity in today's India - a struggle between tradition and change, and a journey towards true equality. Streaming video.
Out in the dark. 1 online resource (96 minutes). Nimer, an ambitious Palestinian student in the West Bank, dreams of a better life abroad. One fateful night in Tel Aviv, he meets Roy, an Israeli lawyer, and the two fall in love. As their relationship deepens, they are both confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept Nimer for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality. When Nimer s close friend is caught hiding illegally in Tel Aviv and sent back to the West Bank, where he is brutally murdered, Nimer is forced to choose between the life he thought he wanted and his love for Roy. Streaming video.
Out in the open. 1 online resource (89 minutes). Out in the Open will, once and for all, destroy the misconceptions, fears, and myths about the LGBTQ community. This uplifting documentary is geared towards at risk youth across the world, as well as their families, friends, and teachers. Featuring interviews with celebrities, politicians, and everyday allies who openly embrace the LGBTQ community, this feel-good film asserts that no single person is the same and that all people should be celebrated. DVD 12287 and Streaming video.
Out in the silence. 2010, 1 videodisc (56 min.). Filmmaker Joe Wilson returns to his hometown of Oil City, Pa., after his wedding announcement appears in his small hometown newspaper causes controversy, and he receives a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen who is being tormented in school. Challenges viewers to rethink their values and close the gaps that divide communities on this controversial issue. DVD 6508
Out Late. 1 online resource. (63 min.). Out Late is an inspirational and moving documentary about five individuals who made the courageous and life-altering decision to come out as lesbian, gay, or transgender, after the age of 55. Why did they wait until their 50's, 60's, or 70's to come out? And what was the turning point that caused each of them to openly declare their sexuality? From Canada to Florida to Kansas, we explore what ultimately led these dynamic individuals to make the liberating choice to live openly and honestly amongst their family, friends and community, perhaps for the first time in their lives. Their stories are "nothing less than extraordinary." Please preview prior to using this video as it contains adult content. Streaming video.
Outrage. 2010, 1 videodisc (89 min.). Reveals politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation while leading secret lives, the double standards the media sets for these politicians, and the harm inflicted. Includes analysis from Congressman Barney Frank, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, and others. DVD 7189
The Parade. 1 streaming video file (115 min.). Directed by Srdjan Dragojevic. A group of gay activists in Belgrade strikes a tense alliance with Limun, a Serbian crime boss, whose fiancée demands an extravagant wedding that only struggling gay theater director Mirko and his friends can provide. In exchange, macho Limun reluctantly agrees to provide security for the group's Pride parade. It is a tall order: previous attempts to march met with mass violence from right-wing skinheads. When Limun's gang balks at the assignment, he recruits a band of former Balkan war combatants, now dear friends, who will stand up to the aggressors Seven Samurai style, in this rollickingly shrewd and humane comedic take on a vital human rights issue. Country of production: Serbia. Feature film. DVD 3399
Pariah. 2012, 1 videodisc (87 min.).. Alike is a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents and younger sister in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity--sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward. Feature film. DVD 10115
Passionate politics: The life and work of Charlotte Bunch. 2011, 1 videodisc (58 min.). "Brings Charlotte [Bunch]'s story to life, from idealistic young civil rights organizer, to lesbian feminist activist to internationally recognized leader. Charlotte's story is told by women from Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean who have worked with her to put women's rights on the global human rights agenda. Interwoven throughout the film are excerpts from Charlotte's personal letters that illuminate her determination to create a more just world"--Container. DVD 3362
A Perfect Ending. 1 videodisc (106 min.). She's elegant, wealthy, and proper, an upstanding wife and mother with three grown children, a swanky estate, and a horrible husband. But when Rebecca confesses to her friends about her unsatisfactory love life, they set her up with an exceptionally talented high-class call girl named Paris and, needless to say, the lives of both Rebecca and Paris are changed forever. Feature film. On order 1/12/2018. Check catalog for call number.
Portrait of Jason. 2014, 1 videodisc (108 min.). This portrait of Jason Holliday, a black gay prostitute who dreams of a career as a nightclub performer, is drawn from twelve consecutive hours of filming in a New York City apartment. As he reminisces about his life, Holliday discusses his homosexuality and the gay subcultures in San Francisco and New York. He jokes with the off-screen filmmaker and crew and maintains a sense of humor even as he recalls hustling, heroin addiction, and jail time. Holliday also performs for the camera, impersonating female entertainers and movie personalities such as Mae West, Butterfly McQueen, and Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the wind. DVD 11677 and Streaming video.
Prejudice: More than black and white. 1 streaming video file (35 min.). Muslims, blacks, gays, people with disabilities, and immigrants of every ethnicity and color: they and many other groups have stood in the spotlight glare of intolerance, easy targets for every sort of discrimination and violence. What makes people prone to irrational hate, and what steps can individuals and society take to eradicate it? In this program, psychology professors Susan Fiske, of Princeton University, and Mahzarin Banaji, of Harvard University; representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other pro-tolerance groups; and victims of prejudice share their insights and experiences. A pro-gay Baptist minister who formerly took a biblical stance against homosexuality and an ex-Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who now speaks out for tolerance also offer their views. Contains inflammatory language and images. Recommended for grades 9-college. Streaming video.
Pride. 1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.). U.K. gay activists work to assist miners during their extended strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. Feature film. DVD 11730
Prodigal sons. 2009, 1 videodisc (86 min.). "Returning home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, [filmmaker Kimberly] Reed hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother...along the way [the film] uncovers stunning revelations...and unforeseeable twists of plot and gender...Questions of sexual orientation, identity, severe trauma and family love are effortlessly explored as the subjects freely open up their lives to the camera." -- Container. DVD 7337 and Streaming video.
Project Yellow. 1 online resource (44 min.). A documentary by an Asian gay man about Asian gay men and the stigma they often face. Yellow is a documentary about the Asian male phenomena perceived in the media and gay culture and how it reflects from their childhood. Streaming video.
Queens and cowboys: A straight year on the gay rodeo. 1 online resource (94 minutes). Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo chronicles a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). Roping and riding across North America, the IGRA's courageous cowboys and cowgirls must face many challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals at the end of the season. Along the way, they'll bust every stereotype in the book. This award-winning film tells the story of five members of the International Gay Rodeo Association. From Wade Earp, a descendant of cowboy legend Wyatt Earp and one of the best competitors on the circuit, to Char Duran, a female bull rider who's never won a buckle but seems determined to die trying, Queens and Cowboys weaves the stories of its protagonists over the course of an entire rabble-rousing year. Streaming video.
Queer China, Comrade China = zhi tong zhi. 1 streaming media file (118 min.). We are in an age where images possess power to affect the world. We intend to review and summarize the development of homosexuality as an issue in the past 30 years with an archive of images. We aim to trace and document the homosexual equal rights movement in China and highlight the historical moments such as the decriminalization and depathologizing of homosexuality, along with a visual report of Chinese people's conception shifts and positive media exposures. Our film will also present the achievements in legislation, academic research, literary creation in publication, artistic works on display and the joint efforts of combating HIV/AIDS by sexologists, medical professionals and community-based LGBT groups. In this feature length documentary, we interviewed 30 prominent figures in the LGBT community, who have experienced the sea changes of views and lifes lifestyles regarding homosexuality in the past 30 years. By documenting and preserving a significant part of our history, we aim to investigate the present and explore the future. Streaming video.
Queers in the kingdom: Let your light shine! 1 online resource (75 minutes). Queers in the Kingdom traces the legacy of historical evangelical Christianity through the rise of the secular university and the struggles of the Christian college to remain relevant. This documentary exposes evangelical Christian culture in the U.S. as the underlying force that legalizes Bible-based homophobia. Nowhere is this more evident than in the 200+ well-established Christian Colleges where LGBT students must remain closeted and celibate or risk being expelled and condemned as sinners. Streaming video.
Reaching for the moon. 1 videodisc (114 min.). Based on the true love story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares. This English-language 1950s period piece recounts the years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop when she left America to live and write in Rio de Janiero, where she would fall in love with well-off architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Feature film. DVD 11435
Rent: Filmed live on Broadway. 2009, 1 videodisc (152 min.). A year in the life of a group of friends who love, fight, and laugh together as they face important social issues such as AIDS, homosexuality, drug abuse, and homelessness. DVD 5526
Sex in Africa: Perspectives on sex-related concerns in Ethiopia, Mali, and South Africa. 1 streaming video file (49 min.). The Call of Africa: The Voice of a Continent. In Africa, views on sex vary widely from conservative to liberal and from traditional to progressive. Topics covered in this program include gay rights, protected under the law only in post-apartheid South Africa; the practices of female genital excision and "dry sexual intercourse"-each described in detail-as they relate to severe female health issues and the violation of a woman's right to her own body; the practice of "dry sex" as it relates to the spread of HIV; and female prostitution as a means of subsistence-and, if a prostitute is fortunate enough to hook up with a wealthy foreigner, a chance for her and her family to escape poverty. Streaming video.
Sexual Revolution. 1 online resource (52 min.). Sex and the church. Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch continues his exploration of how Christianity has shaped western attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality through history. Travelling from North East England to Germany and Italy, he explains how the Christian church took control of marriage in the 11th century, turning a civil institution into a sacred rite of Christianity. And he reveals how the Protestant Reformation launched a sexual revolution. Streaming video.
A single man. 2010, 1 videodisc (100 min.). After the death of his longtime partner, a British college professor struggles to find meaning in his life. As he dwells in the past, he begins to contemplate suicide. A series of events and encounters will lead him to question if there really is a meaning to his life after all. Feature film. DVD 7250
Singlehood and Other Options. 1 online resource (27 min.). Our families, ourselves. Staying single and cohabitating are two ways people choose to live instead of getting married. Marriage may not be an option for some; others make a conscious choice not to marry. Streaming video.
A sinner in Mecca = Athim fi Makkah. 1 videodisc (79 min.). A gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia faces two challenges, filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. For Parvez Sharma (an AU alum) he faced these challenges when he embarked on his Hajj pilgrimage. DVD 13503
The skinny. 2012, 1 videodisc (100 min.). "[A] sharply scripted comedy about a group of four young black gay men and their lesbian best friend who arrange to meet up in New York City one year after their graduation from Brown University. Though their plans for a weekend of fun start off well -- relaxed in each other's company as only old friends can be -- old tensions quickly resurface. Drinking, drugs, hidden desire and the demands of promiscuity put friendship, trust and even lives at risk."--Container. Feature film. DVD 11374
The sons of Tennessee Williams. 2011, 1 videodisc (82 min.). Tells the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast culture of public "drag balls" that predates established gay liberation history in the U.S. by nearly ten years. DVD 9689 and Streaming video.
Southwest of Salem. 1 videodisc (91 min.). This film follows the story of four young Latina women -- known as the 'San Antonio Four' -- who have been fighting since 1994 to clear their names of false charges and wrongful convictions that they gang-raped two young girls in Texas. Using the women's home video footage from 21 years ago combined with recent verité footage and interviews, the film explores their personal narratives and their search for exculpatory evidence to help their losing criminal trials, documenting their struggle against mythology, homophobia, ritual-abuse hysteria, and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration. DVD 14745
Stonewall: The making of a gay and lesbian community. 2010?, 2 videodiscs (175 min.). Disc 1, Before Stonewall: Chronicles through interviews and historical footage the social, political and cultural history of homosexuality in America from the 1920s through 1969. Covers many of the milestones in the fight for gay acceptance and equal rights, culminating in the 1969 riots following the police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. Disc 2, After Stonewall: Traces the Gay Liberation Movement in America from the 1969 Stonewall riots through the 1990s capturing the hard work, tragic defeats and exciting victories experienced. Also explores how AIDS changed the direction of the movement. DVD 8801-8802
Stonewall uprising. 2011, 1 videodisc (90 min.). Explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. When police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived. DVD 8717
Stories of our lives. 1 videodisc (62 min.). "A schoolgirl gets suspended for her budding relationship with a fellow female student. A young man eager to explore his sexuality at a clandestine gay club in Nairobi contends with the explosive reaction of his homophobic friend. A closeted gay man falls in love with his befuddled straight best friend. On June 30, 2013, the Nest Collective began archiving the stories of queer Kenyans. After several months of touring and collecting hundreds of compelling stories, they turned some of the resulting stories into this anthology film. The film remains banned in Kenya." -- Container. DVD 14665
Strange frame. 2013, 1 videodisc (95 min.). This animated sci-fi story explores the theme of the transformative power of love between two women. As our story begins it is the 28th century, 200 years after the Great Earth Exodus. We're on Ganymede, one of Jupiter's moons. Our hero Naia is a feisty, young singer-songwriter who falls in love with the beautiful saxophonist Parker. The two embark on their new relationship and also form a band and now they have to not only make it as musicians but also to fight for their freedom. Feature film. DVD 13723
The Strange History of Don't Ask Don't Tell. 1 online resource (79 min.). Suspenseful, deeply engaging and heart-wrenching, The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell illustrates the tumultuous evolution of a controversial policy which fostered hate and intolerance within the military - and undermined the very freedoms American soldiers fight for - by forcing gay and lesbian soldiers to lie and live in secrecy. In 1993, President Bill Clinton, trying to deliver on his election promise of lifting the ban on gays in the military, encountered vehement opposition that resulted in the compromise legislation, known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Streaming video.
Suited. 1 online resource (78 min.). Suited tells the story of Bindle and Keep, a Brooklyn tailoring company that looks beyond the gender binary, creating custom-made suits for gender non-conforming and transgender clients. Clothier duo Rae Tutera and Daniel Friedman take a holistic approach to their work, considering each client's personal narrative, which becomes inextricable from the creation of the perfect suit. Among those who share their unique stories are a transgender man preparing for his wedding, a New York City cab driver looking to feel comfortable for a big birthday, a young law student struggling through job interviews, and a 12-year-old trans boy whose bravery is only rivaled by his nervousness about looking good for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. A modern, evolved look at gender through the conduit of clothing, this illuminating documentary elucidates the private and emotional experience that those who struggle with gender identity go through when it comes to fashion. With heart and optimism, Suited spotlights the intimate journey of coming into a new identity, accepting difference, and living bravely in one's own skin, underscoring the important message that one size truly doesn't fit all. Streaming video.
Tab Hunter confidential. 1 videodisc (90 min.). In the 1950s, movie star Tab Hunter was America's boy next door. Nothing, it seemed, could damage his skyrocketing career. Nothing, that is, but the fact that Tab Hunter was secretly gay. Now, Tab Hunter's secret is out. In this documentary, we will meet for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us the whole story of a happy and healthy survivor of Hollywood's roller coaster. DVD 13722
Tal como somos Latino GBT community. 1 streaming video file (71 min.). The gay, bisexual, and transgender community still struggles to find its place among the rich traditions of Latino culture. This extended documentary examines the lives of seven Latino GBT men and women, offering profound insights into their relationships with family and loved ones while exploring their sexuality in the contexts of culture, religion, and work. This version offers more in-depth material than the 34-minute edition (item #39229) and features a greater number of on-camera participants. Subjects include Gus and Marcelo, a young couple; Oscar, a dancer and choreographer; Gabriela, once a boy, now a woman; Ernesto, an HIV-positive bisexual; and David, a burdened New Yorker. In addition, the film's host - Dusty, a Panamanian social activist - interweaves these stories with his own wise commentary. Streaming videos.
Tangerine. 1 videodisc (88 min.). It is Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles. The film notably stars and is about two transgender women of color. Feature film. DVD 12856
Taxi zum Klo. 1 online resource (90 minutes). Three decades after it first hit cinemas and shocked mainstream audiences, Frank Ripploh's groundbreaking debut feature returns in this digitally remastered director's cut. Hailed as one of the defining forces behind the queer cinema genre, the film is now, for the first time, widely available on home video and complete with rarely-seen special features.Ripploh's semi-autobiographical snapshot of the life of a gay schoolteacher captures an unyielding vision of gay culture in 1981 West Berlinches Through his gritty portrayal of a dual lifestyle one that combines daily lesson plans and nightly hookups in public bathrooms Ripploh laid bare the dark secrets of the closeted lifestyle and contributed to the birth of a new genre. Taxi Zum Klo is a pivotal piece of cinematic history that shows audiences how far a film can go and how much the modern gay mainstream has evolved. Feature film. DVD 8805 and Streaming video.
Tea and sympathy. 2011, 1 videodisc (122 min.). Drama about a teenaged boy at a New England boarding school who is wrongly accused of homosexuality. The wife of a housemaster offers the boy her understanding and love when she finds that he is deeply troubled about the accusations and questioning himself. Feature film. DVD 12549
Thy will be done: A transsexual woman's journey through family and faith. 2011, 1 videodisc (55 min.). "Follows male-to-female transsexual Sara Herwig in her journey to ordination in the Presbyterian Church ... Highlights that point of tension where gender, family relationships and faith intersect"--Container. DVD 11773 and Streaming video.
Tom à la ferme = Tom at the farm. 1 videodisc (103 min.). In this disorientating suspenseful psychological thriller, Tom, a young advertising copywriter, travels to the countryside for the funeral of his boyfriend Guillaume where, he is shocked to learn, no one knows who he is, nor the nature of his relationship with the deceased. When Francis, Guillaume's elder brother, imposes the rules of a twisted game to protect his grieving mother and family honor, Tom now has to play the peacekeeper in a toxic household whose obscure past bodes even greater darkness for his "trip" to the farm. Feature film. DVD 13660
Tomboy. 2012, 1 videodisc (82 min.). "Laure is 10 years old and a tomboy. On arrival in a new neighborhood, she lets Lisa and her crowd believe that she is a boy. Summer becomes a big playground and Laure pretends to be "Mikael", a boy like the others, different enough to get the attention of Lisa, who falls in love with him. Laure takes advantage of her new identity as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret."--Container. Feature film. DVD 6609
The Topp Twins: Untouchable girls. 2011, 1 videodisc (84 min.). Tells the story of the world's only yodeling country singing and comedy lesbian sibling duo, the Topp Twins (Jools and Lynda Topp), who have inspired a generation with their politics and celebration of joy. DVD 6050
Transcending Gender: Portraits from the Community. 1 streaming video file (43 min.). If the challenges and complexities of a transgendered lifestyle are hard for some people to identify with, first-hand accounts of those experiences may be the best means of creating more understanding. This program features real-world portraits of individuals from the transgendered community-men and women describing for the camera what they've gone through and, in other scenes, going about their daily lives. Namoli Brennet, a singer-songwriter, talks about audience perceptions and overcoming barriers through music, while Daan Erikson, a student, reflects on awkward school experiences, compassion from a grandparent, and upcoming sexual reassignment surgery. Transgender activists Pauline Park and Mara Keisling also share their insights. Streaming video.
Trinidad. 2009, 1 videodisc (85 min.). Uncovers Trinidad, Colorado's transformation from a Wild West outpost to "sex change capital of the world," and follows three transgender women who may steer the rural ranching town toward becoming the "transexual Mecca.". DVD 11823 and Streaming video.
Two Dads, Two Moms: Gay Couples and Their Families. 1 streaming video file (52 min.). Profiling families in the U.S., France, and Spain, this program focuses on the children of gay couples and how their experiences resemble or differ from more conventional upbringings. Most of the film's participants are in their late teens or early adulthood and have acquired a broad-minded, philosophical perspective on what they and their parents have gone through - although childhood was hardly challenge-free for any of them. In Paris, Bastien reflects on his father's belated coming-out process, the divorce it caused, and how it shaped their current family. In Valencia, Sushila and Gauri - both born in developing countries - discuss what it means to be adopted into a new culture by a lesbian couple. And in a Boston suburb, brothers Zachary and Kyle behave like "typical" teenagers - flirting with Goth culture, indulging a favorite pet, playfully punching Dad in the arm during breakfast - even though a second Dad is also present, and even though both boys were born through surrogate motherhood. Fathers Cliff and John were the first same-sex couple in America to produce a family that way. Streaming video.
Two spirits. 2009, 1 videodisc (65 min.). Examines the role of two-spirit people in the Navajo culture in the context of the story of a gay youth named Fred Martinez. Martinez was a nádleehí or a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, who was murdered in a hate crime at the age of sixteen. Discusses the traditional Native American perspective on gender and sexuality and the need for a balanced interrelationship between the feminine and masculine. Includes interviews with Martinez's mother, Pauline Mitchell. DVD 7812
Undressing Israel: Gay men in the promised land. 1 online resource (66 minutes). When many people think of Israel, it is often in terms of modern war or ancient religion. But there is much more to the Jewish state than missiles and prayers. In his debut as a documentary filmmaker, adult-film entrepreneur and political columnist Michael Lucas examines a side of Israel that is too often overlooked: its thriving gay community. Undressing Israel features interviews with a diverse range of local men, including a gay member of Israel's parliament, a trainer who served openly in the army, a young Arab-Israeli journalist, and a pair of dads raising their kids. Lucas also visits Tel Aviv's vibrant nightlife scene and even attends a same-sex wedding in this guided tour of a country that has emerged as a pioneer for gay integration and equality. Streaming video.
Victim. 2010, 1 videodisc (100 min.). Eclipse (Criterion Collection. Melville Farr, a closeted, married barrister who bravely takes on a blackmailer targeting a group of vulnerable gay London men from various walks of life. Feature film. DVD 9891-9894
Vito. 1 online resource (93 min.). On June 27, 1969, a police raid on a Greenwich Village gay bar called the Stonewall took a surprising turn when patrons decided to fight back. A new era in the Gay Rights Movement was born and 23-year-old film student Vito Russo was among the crowd. Over the next twenty years until his death from AIDS in 1990, Vito would go on to become one of the most outspoken and inspiring activists in the LGBT community's fight for equal rights. He was a pivotal part of three well-known organizations during their formative years: GAA (Gay Activists Alliance); GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation); and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power). His seminal book "The Celluloid Closet" explored the ways in which gays and lesbians were portrayed on film, what lessons those characters taught gay and straight audiences, and how those negative images were at the root of society's homophobia. He continued writing, lecturing, speaking out and acting up until just months before his death. Streaming video.
We were here: The AIDS years in San Francisco. 2011, 1 videodisc (90 min.). David Weissman's We Were Here revisits the San Francisco of the 80s and 90s, using the city's experience with AIDS to open up a conversation about both the history of the epidemic and the lessons to be learned from it. Yet the film reaches far beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself as it illuminates the power of a community that comes together with love, compassion, and determination. DVD 10391
Weekend. 2012, 1 videodisc (97 min.). Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs). A tale of a one-night-stand that develops into a weekend-long idyll for two very different young men in Midlands, England. It's an emotionally naked film that's both an invaluable snapshot of the complexities of contemporary gay living and a universally identifiable portrait of a love affair. A one-night stand develops into a weekend-long idyll for two very different young men in the English Midlands, in an emotionally naked film that's both a snapshot of the complexities of contemporary gay living, and a portrait of a love affair. Feature film. DVD 10364
Were the world mine. 2009, 1 videodisc (95 min.). When Timothy (Cohen) is cast as Puck in A midsummer's night's dream, the young gay man stumbles upon a secret love-potion recipe hidden in the script. He creates comic chaos as he turns much of his narrow-minded town gay, starting with the rugby jock of his dreams. Feature film. DVD 6684
William S. Burroughs A Man Within. 1 online resource (88 min.). Featuring never-before-seen archival footage of William Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants including John Waters, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, and others this film is a probing, yet loving look at the man whose works at once savaged conservative ideals, spawned countercultural movements, and reconfigured 20th century culture. Burroughs was one of the first writers to break the boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950s. His novel Naked Lunch is one of the most recognized and respected literary works of the 20th century and has influenced generations of artists. The intimate documentary, narrated by Peter Weller and with a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth, breaks the surface of the troubled and brilliant world of one of the greatest authors of all time. DVD 8144 and Streaming videos.
The youth & gender media project. 2010, 1 videodisc (25 min.). I'm just Anneke: When 12-year-old tomboy Anneke has an identity crisis at the onset of puberty, her doctors put her on Lupron, a hormone blocker that temporarily delays the hormones of adolescence to give her more time to make a decision on who she wants to be. Family journey: Families across the country discuss the emotional and intellectual transformation that the parents and siblings must go through in order to successfully nurture their gender nonconforming family members. DVD 9051