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During World War II in the Battle of Berlin, two women find each other. One is single, Jaguar; the other, Aimée, is unhappily married and mother to four sons. In war-torn Germany it was not safe to be Jewish; it was just as unsafe to be a lesbian. Trouble results when Aimée's husband, who is a German soldier, finds out about his wife's relationship to Jaguar.
4 friends, 3 guys, 2 couples ... you do the math! It's about the quest to find the "one" when "the one" doesn't know he's the "one." It explores the unlikely pairing of two guys thrown together by their respective best friends in hopes of igniting their own romance. They do everything they can to NOT fall in love, but finally they overcome the dysfunction of their parents and surrender to their hearts.
Audre Lorde's incisive, often-angry, but always brilliant writings and speeches defined and inspired the US-American feminist, lesbian, African-American, and Women-of-Color movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Audre Lorde, the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992, documents an untold chapter of Lorde's life: her influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change. The film explores the importance of Lorde's legacy, as she encouraged Afro-Germans -- who, at that time, had no name or space for themselves -- to make themselves visible within a culture that until then had kept them isolated and silent. It chronicles Lorde's empowerment of Afro-German women to write and to publish, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways. Previously unreleased archive material as well as present-day interviews explore the lasting influence of Lorde's ideas on Germany and the impact of her work and personality. For the first time, Dagmar Schultz's personal archival video- and audio-recordings reveal a significant part of the private Audre Lorde as well as her agenda -- to rouse Afro-Germans to recognize each other. 2012 marks the 20-year anniversary of Audre Lorde's passing.
Set in London's lower class suburbs, this is the story of a teenager who has discovered he's gay and in love with the teenager next door.
Becoming Me: The Gender Within by Watson, Mary Ann and Layton Seth Curl (dirs.)
Call Number: DVD 4171
Publication Date: 2009
"What ultimately determines a person's gender? Is it chromosomes, hormones, genitals, or an innate sense of self? In this Telly Award-winning program, five transgendered individuals between the ages of 20 and 50 speak openly about what it has meant to them to be transgendered--their first experiences of gender confusion, life after coming out, family responses, and more. Advice for others who may be questioning their own gender is provided, and the process of sexual reassignment surgery is addressed"--Container.
In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda's first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia. But one year into filming and just three weeks after a landmark legal victory, David is brutally murdered. This depicts the last year in the life of a courageous man whose wisdom, achievements and memory has inspired a new generation of human rights advocates.
When a gay lawyer is diagnosed with AIDS, he copes with coming out to his family and colleagues as they deal with their own prejudices.
East/West: Sex & Politics by Hick, Jochen
Call Number: DVD 3414
How does one build a movement for minority rights--especially gay rights--in a country without a democratic tradition? Moscow activist Nikolai Alekseev's crusade is made all the more difficult by the forces arrayed against him, from narrow-focus neo-nationalists to Mayor Luzhkov and Prime Minister Putin; from vehement, violent homophobes to the Russian Orthodox Church.
A gay teen finds out who he is and what he wants, who his friends are, and who loves him, in this autobiographical tale set in middle America in the summer of 1984. Eric gets a summer job at an amusement park where he meets Rod. A puppy-love infatuation begins as Eric realizes that if he's falling in love with a male, he must be gay.
The Gender Puzzle by Cohen, Janine (reporter)
Call Number: DVD 3417
Publication Date: 2006
Science is identifying new biological processes that determine a person's sex. How will these findings affect the transgender and transsexual community? This program explores the latest research into gender development and the medical, cultural, and legal issues at the heart of the "brain sex" school of thought. Showing how human genome research has shifted scientific focus away from chromosomes, the video examines the role of brain receptors and the discovery of the SRY protein, which establishes maleness. Interviews featuring people with intersex and transsexual experiences shed light on how gender identity emerges, and how it figured into one man's legal battle for the right to marry
Kia, a professor, speculates with her students about who might be a lesbian in American society. She is involved with Evy and they would like Kia's roommate, Max, to meet a woman. Kia sets her up with Ely, an ex-student of hers who is in the process of terminating a long-distance relationship. They finally go out on a date and everyone insists on getting all the details.
Two young couples in New York - one black and gay, one white and heterosexual - find their lives intertwined as they create new relationship norms, explore sexual identity, and redefine monogamy. Armed with art and unbridled optimism, Stan brunches with his girlfriend Annie, a schoolteacher, only to discover that she wants to take a break. Aaron confronts his boyfriend Marcus about their open relationship. The lives of these two couples become intertwined when Stan and Marcus meet online and hook up. Apparently, Stan has a bi-side, and Aaron walks in on the aftermath of Marcus and Stan's afternoon tryst. Meanwhile, Annie goes on a blind date with an older man David who makes his living writing scripts for reality TV shows, which feels more real than Stan's afternoons spent in the rehearsal space with his band. Annie confides in her fellow teacher Mandy about her relationship troubles. Mandy and Annie engage in some flirtation and decide to try a lesbian relationship, which, in turn, reminds Annie that perhaps she was in love with Stan all along. Eventually all of these characters must face the consequences of their choices and decide what matters to them most.
Film is based on a vacation in Barcelona taken by John Lennon of the Beatles and their manager, Brian Epstein in 1963. They were there to relax after a series of concerts, the complex friendship between the two men was tested by an unspoken tension, and never again returned to its unique intimacy.
"This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before, Erwin told a co-worker, Anton, that he loved him. "Too bad, you aren't a woman," he replied. Erwin took Anton at his word. Trying to salvage something from the wreckage love has made of his life, he now hopes that Anton will not reject him again." www.imdb.com
"In 1952, a Catholic bishop makes an exceptional visit to a prison to hear a dying inmate's confession. Once inside the chapel, the bishop is taken hostage by Simon, a childhood friend. With the aid of his fellow inmates, Simon's version of the events that took place forty years earlier are reenacted. The action moves seamlessly through time between the crude prison and the actual events of 1912. The drama culminates on the tragic night when both men's fates were decided"--Slipcase for container.
A chance encounter with struggling B-movie star Ronnie Bostock opens up a whole new world to buttoned-up British author Giles De'Ath. Focuses on the genteel obsession of an older man for a younger man.
At age 8, Neil and Brian played on the same baseball team in their small Kansas hometown. Now 10 years later, Neil is a hustler and Brian a nervous introvert who believes he has been abducted by aliens. As their lives intersect, they discover a shared past shrouded in mystery.
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.
Each year an estimated one in two thousand babies is born with anatomy that doesn't clearly mark them as either male or female--with what is known as an intersex condition ... [The film] profiles several people born with ambiguous sexual anatomy, who have managed to deal with some very difficult family and social issues, but today are living 'ordinary' and productive lives."
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.
Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria by Stryker, Susan and Victor Silverman
Call Number: DVD 3413
Tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States -- a 1966 riot in San Francisco's impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn.
"A porno-political-palooza that makes quick work of the phenomenon of 'terrorist chic, ' the people who emulate terrorists without necessarily understanding the moral implications of what terrorism actually means"--Container.
"Prior to the 1960s, the idea of same-sex parenting had yet to reach the consciousness of most Americans. The majority of gays and lesbians did not even consider parenting, fearing the stigma their children might face. By 2000, however, the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that a full one-third of lesbian couples and roughly a quarter of gay male couples had opted to become parents. This program captures six gay/lesbian families in their day-to-day lives. Two of these families are families by adoption, two are co-parenting families, and two are lesbian families by insemination. Man-on-the-street interviews as well as emotional testimonials from the 15 adults and 11 children featured in this film provide a range of perspectives on gay parenting"--Container.
Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach works dead-end jobs to support his sister and her son. Not certain about his life, he paints, surfs and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe. When Gabe's older brother returns home for the summer, Zach suddenly finds himself drawn into a relationship he did not expect. Struggling to reconcile his own desires with those of his family and friends, he is finally forced to be true to himself. He discovers that with the power of love he can have a future with promise.
Toccoa, Georgia. Robert Eads is a 52-year-old wise-cracking cowboy who was born female and transitioned into living as a man after bearing two sons. Fifteen years later, he has fallen in love with Lola Cola, a vivacious and magnetic woman who was born male. Together they are coping with Robert's terminal case of ovarian cancer.
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.
"Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway." www.imdb.com
"Gerardo, a gay teenager, roams the streets of Mexico City in search of some else to reveal the secret, hidden between the lines of a goodbye letter from his ex-lover. In his journey through barren alleys and roadways, he is haunted by images: each masculine body he sees reminds him of his lover"--Container.
"A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world. This exhilarating trove of original documentary material and archival footage is as much a vivid portrait of a time and place (San Francisco's historic Castro District in the seventies) as a testament to the legacy of a political visionary"--Container.
"TransGeneration, a[n] ... eight-part series, is a year-in-the-life look at four college students--Gabbie, Lucas, Raci, and T.J.--who are juggling the challenges of academia with their commitment to transition from their birth sex"--Container.
Bree Osborne, a pre-operative transsexual, learns she fathered a child back when she was Stanley Osborne. The wheels of fortune take Bree and her teenaged son on a cross-country trip that will change both their lives.
"Portraits from inside the movement for transgender rights. Meet Daan, Mara, Namoli and Pauline. Find out what being transgender means to them, and see what they are doing to make the world a better, more accepting place." www.imdb.com
Gabriel, an aspiring writer of Broadway musicals, meets Mark, an exotic dancer, on the subway. They spend the night trying to find somewhere to be alone, forced to contend with Gabriel's selfish roommate, his irritating best friend, and a vicious drag queen at a gay dance club.
Romance, politics, sex and humor all collide during two men's 11-year journey of passion, self-discovery and adventure. Tommy is a sexy, blond gay activist who meets the handsome, muscular Alan, a closeted Republican, at a party in 1973. An intense love affair ignites, setting in motion a torrid and unpredictable relationship that steers its way through the turbulent political and social climate of the '70s and '80s.
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.
"The first film which gives African homosexuals a chance to describe their world in their own words. Often funny, sometimes ribald, but always real, this film introduces us to gender pioneers who are demanding their right to construct a distinct African homosexuality"--Container.
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