Arthur Dong interviews families in which conservative Christian parents oppose homosexuality despite having gay children.
The Female Closet
by Hammer, Barbara
Call Number: Videotape 2025
A look at the art and lives of Alice Austen, Hannah Höch, and Nicole Eisenman, as women and lesbians.
by Mehta, Deepa
Call Number: DVD 1227
In New Delhi, Sita, a beautiful and intelligent young woman, embarks on an arranged, loveless marriage to a faithless husband, Jatin. The extended family, owners of a video store, live together according to custom. Family tensions escalate. Eventually Jita and Radha develop a physical relationship far more emotionally sustaining than they have found with their husbands. Banned in India, this film was the first to confront lesbianism in that country.
Call Number: Peabody, HT177 .C57 F53 2003 VIDEO
Gay white professionals move into a black working-class neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio.
Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives
Call Number: Videotape 1272 [Annex]
Recounts the experiences of Canadian lesbian women in the 1950's and 1960's who sought romance in gay beer parlours and bars. Their stories are interwoven with a fictional love story and set against the tabloids and pulp novels of the time and illustrate the stereotypes and intolerance they faced.
The Freedom Files (Season Two)
Call Number: Peabody, KF4750 .F74 2007, CURR-DVD
Two of the nine episodes of this series include LGBT issues – “Freedom to parent : lesbian & gay families” and “Freedom to marry : same-sex couples."
Fresa y chocolate (Strawberry & Chocolate)
by Tabío, Juan Carlos and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Call Number: Videotape 1709
A politically serious college student meets a gay writer and an older woman who teach him things that aren't taught in school.
Further Off the Straight and Narrow: New Gay Visibility on Television, 1998-2006
Call Number: DVD 3488
Provides a compelling and nuanced examination of television's portrayal of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people. The documentary surveys network dramas, sitcoms, reality shows, and premium cable programming to show how these depictions are often marked by ambivalence and tension.
Heterosexism, Civil Rights, and Liberation
by Marshall, Joretta L.
Call Number: Divinity, BR115 .H6 M378 1997, VIDEO
Address delivered March 12, 1997 at a conference on the Vanderbilt University campus.
by Cholodenko, Lisa
Call Number: Videotape 2268 [Annex]
Depicts a naive young woman whose stock rises at a pretentious art magazine because of her budding relationship with a once brilliant photographer who had a breakdown years ago. The question is how deeply Syd is willing to immerse herself in Lucy's hedonistic, heroin-infused, lesbian lifestyle.
Honored by the Moon
Call Number: Divinity, E98 .S48 H666 1989, VIDEO
Presentation of the historical role of gays and lesbians in pre- Western Indian culture. These people were honored and considered to have special powers, "connectors" between the two worlds of male and female.
Ia lyublyu tebya (You I Love: The Heart Wants What It Wants)
by Stolpovskaia, Olga
Call Number: DVD 1940
Vera and Tim are successful, young professionals in modern Moscow. Their fast-paced lives crackle with the capitalist energy of excess, consumption and stress - and they are in love. But everything changes one night when Tim's car accidentally hits a cute, young guy named Uloomji.
It's Elementary: Talking about Gay Issues in School
Call Number: Peabody, LC192.6 .I87 1996 VIDEO
An exploration of what happens when experienced teachers talk to their students about lesbians and gay men. Students are asked to consider issues related to homosexuality at six elementary and middle schools. Footage of classroom activities and discussions are presented with students exploring questions and issues presented to them by teachers and guest lecturers who come into their classes.
Jodie: An Icon
by Parmar, Pratibha
Call Number: Videotape 1935
Discusses the actress Jodie Foster and why, in her on-screen roles, she has been viewed as a lesbian role model.
Judith Butler: Philosophical Encounters of the Third Kind
by Zadjermann, Paula
Call Number: DVD 3260
The first film profile on Judith Butler will serve to popularize her insightful analysis of sexual identity and gender roles at a time when the cultural and political debate over these issues pervades American society.
Keep Not Silent
by Alexander, Ilil
Call Number: DVD 1401
Examines the struggles of three Israeli lesbians attempting to live within the context of Orthodox Judaism.
Kiss of the Spider Woman
by Babenco, Hector
Call Number: DVD 3469
In a prison cell somewhere in Latin America, Molina and Valentin have only one thing in common--they are both victims of society. This is the complex story of the relationship that develops between two men with radically different perspectives on life.
Kissing Jessica Stein
by Herman-Wurmfeld, Charles
Call Number: DVD 2911
Fed up with her fruitless search for "Mr. Right" and tired of blind dates from hell, attractive journalist Jessica Stein whimsically responds to a classified ad -- from Helen! Making and breaking new rules of dating as they go, the two women muddle through an earnest but hilarious courtship that blurs the lines between friendship and romantic love.
Lance Loud!: A Death in an American Family
Call Number: DVD 1619
Presents a documentary follow-up on the life and death of Lance Loud, the eldest son in the 1970s television documentary "An American Family" and the first openly gay person on television.
La ley del deseo (The Law of Desire)
by Almodóvar, Pedro
Call Number: Videotape 360 [Annex]
Explores the relationships of a gay movie director, who has a transsexual brother (now a woman living with her daughter) and two lovers, one of whom murders the other and takes the director's sister (brother) hostage in order to see the director one more time.
by Sayles, John
Call Number: Videotape 364 [Annex]
The story of a young faculty wife whose boredom with her life and her husband's sexual indiscretions lead her to a night school course ... and an unexpected affair with her female professor. When the news gets out, Lianna finds herself cast out ... trying to understand her sexuality and her life.
Licensed to Kill
by Dong, Arthur
Call Number: Videotape 2111 [Annex]
Portrays seven men whose contempt for homosexuals led them to murder. Videotaped confessions, home and police videos of gay bashings and murder scenes, news reports and graphic evidence from police files are fused together with interviews by the filmmaker with seven convicted killers.
The Living End
by Araki, Gregg
Call Number: DVD 3164
Focuses on the relationship between a pair of young, HIV-positive gay outcasts.
Looking for Langston
by Julien, Isaac
Call Number: DVD 3297
A cinematic reconsideration of the life of revered Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Invokes Hughes as a black gay cultural icon, against an impressionistic, atmospheric setting that parallels a Harlem speakeasy of the 1920s with an 1980s London nightclub.
Ma Vie en Rose
by Vander Stappen, Chris and Alain Berliner
Call Number: Divinity, PN1997 .M115 1999, DVD
Ludovic is waiting for a miracle. With six-year-old certainty, he believes he was meant to be a little girl and that the mistake will soon be corrected. But where he expects the miraculous, Ludo finds only rejection, isolation and guilt--as the intense reactions of family, friends, and neighbors strip away every innocent lace and bauble.
by Van Sant, Gus
Call Number: DVD 2994
Harvey Milk is a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, becomes a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he is elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977, 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, are shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blames his former colleagues for denying White's attempt to rescind his resignation from the board.
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