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LGBT Research Guide: Documentaries & Movies


Note: students may check out films for in library use only; faculty may check out films for up to three days

Before Stonewall: the making of a gay and lesbian community
Hodges Media Center HQ76.5 .B44 2000z
Traces the social, political and cultural history of homosexuality in America from the 1920s to 1969; the beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement after a police raid on Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City; and the three-day riot that followed.

After Stonewall: from the riots to the millennium
Hodges Media Center / DVD: HQ76.8 .U5 A384 2005
In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city’s gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the Gay Liberation Movement had begun. Chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the century. Captures the hard work, struggles, tragic defeats and exciting victories experienced since then. It explores how AIDS literally changed the direction of the movement.

Unlearning homophobia series
Hodges Media Center / DVD: HQ76.8.U5 U55 2004
Each of the documentaries tackles the emotional issue of discrimination based on sexual orientation and how it affects American families, communities, and churches. Straight from the heart explores parents’ journey to understanding and love of their gay and lesbian children. All God’s children explores homophobia in the African-American community. De colores presents lesbian and gay Latinos, their stories of strength, family and love, and breaking down cultural prejudice through deep-rooted love.

Being gay: coming out in the 21st century
Hodges Media Center HQ76.25 .B44 2005
This program presents the accounts and stories of people who have recently taken the step of coming out. Interviewees and experts discuss the benefits of this important transition by examining the six stages of coming to terms with one’s sexual identity.

It's elementary: talking about gay issues in school
Hodges Media Center LC192.6 .I87 1996
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. Presents footage of classroom activities and discussions with students exploring questions and issues presented to them by teachers and guest lecturers who come into their classes. Discusses school-wide presentations, activity-days, and how these events affect

The celluloid closet
Hodges Media Center PN1995.9.H55 R82 1996
Assembles footage from over 120 films showing the changing face of cinema homosexuality from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist triumphs of the 1990s. Many actors, writers and commentators provide anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians on the silver screen.

Fabulous! : the story of queer cinema
Hodges Media Center / DVD: PN1995.9 .H55 F33 2005
An overview of the recent history of gay and lesbian cinema, from Kenneth Anger’s pioneering Fireworks (1947) to Ang Lee’s Brokeback mountain (2005). Where documentaries about earlier times looked at the closeted world, "Fabulous!" celebrates films featuring gay characters and those made by out directors on homosexual themes.

Off the straight & narrow: lesbians, gays, bisexuals & television
Hodges Media Center PN1992.8.H64 O33 1998
Off the Straight & Narrow casts a critical eye over the growth of gay images on TV. Leading media scholars provide the historical and cultural context for exploring the social implications of these new representations. Off the Straight & Narrow challenges viewers to consider the value and limits of available gay images: who is represented, what they get to say, and how people respond to them

Reconciling homosexuality and Christianity
Hodges Media Center BR115.H6 W45 1999
Mel White speaks to an audience at the University of Tennessee on April 22, 1999.

Paragraph 175
Hodges Media Center D804.5.G38 P37 2000
Historian Klaus MÃuller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, many of whom were interred in concentration camps during World War II because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175, which states: An unnatural sex act committed between persons of the male sex or by humans with animals is punishable by imprisonment; the loss of civil rights may also be imposed.

Daddy & papa
Hodges Media Center PN1997 .C46434 2002
A documentary exploring the personal, cultural, and political impact of gay men who are making a decision that is at once traditional and revolutionary: to raise children themselves. Taking us inside four gay male families, this documentary traces the critical issues that inevitably intersect their private lives, the ambiguous place of interracial families in America, the wonder and precariousness of surrogacy and adoption, the complexities of marriage and divorce within the gay community, and the legality of their own parenthood.

The Edge of each other's battles: the vision of Audre Lorde
Hodges Media Center PS3562 .O75 Z667 2000
This video by Jennifer Abod is about poet Audre Lorde’s broad social vision and the translation of that vision into an historic transnational conference, which used her work, while celebrating her life.

That's a family!
Hodges Media Center HQ744 .T53 2000
Designed for children in elementary school, this film shows the many different shapes that families take today. Children describe their own families and explain concepts like "birth mom", "mixed race", "gay and lesbian", and "stepdad."

Tongues Untied
Hodges Media Center / Videocassette: E185.625 .T66 1989
Derogatory accusations, judgments, and jokes in our culture are met head-on by this video about black, male, and gay identity. Poetry, personal testimony, and drama unite to oppose the homophobia and racism that attempt to split a person into opposing loyalties.

Pink Triangles

Hodges Media Center / Videocassette: HQ75.5 .P56 1982
Takes a look at the nature of discrimination against lesbians and gay men and challenges some of society’s attitudes toward homosexuality. Also examines historical and contemporary patterns of racial, religious, political, and sexual persecution.

It takes a team!: making sports safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes and coaches.
Hodges Media Center GV708.8 .I88 2004
An education kit for athletes, coaches, and athletic directors. Accompanying discussion and resource guide, stickers, and poster available for free download from

Laramie inside out
Hodges Media Center HV6250.4 .H66 L37 2004
Filmmaker Beverly Seckinger, a native of Laramie, Wyoming, returns to talk with students, teachers, parents, and clergy about the impact Matthew Shepard’s murder has had on their community.

Small town gay bar
Hodges Media Center / DVD: HQ76.3 .U5 S635 2007
Deep in the heart of the "Bible Belt," homosexuals still face intolerance and adversity. Several spirited bar owners, however, have shown the courage to create places for people to call home. ... Kevin Smith, presents an intimate portrait of establishments that provide much more than an evening of entertainment.

Boy I am : a documentary
Hodges Media Center / DVD: HQ77.95.U6 B69 2006
Follows the transitions of Nicco, Norie and Keegan, three young New Yorkers from different race and class backgrounds, as they prepare and undergo female to male transition surgery. Reveals the conflict over the place of trans-males within the lesbian community.

Hide and seek
Hodges Media Center / DVD: PN1995.9 .E96 H53 2005
An exploration into lesbian adolescence in the 1960’s as told through a dramatization, archival footage and interviews of adult lesbians.

Gay youth
Hodges Media Center / DVD: HQ76 .G34 2005
Explores the emotional strain placed on gay youth by intense feelings of isolation. Isolation frequently leads them to drug and alcohol abuse, violence, homelessness and even suicide. Designed to break the silence surrounding adolescent homosexuality, it shows that information, acceptance, and support can make differences in the lives of these young people. Originally released in 1992.

Feature Films

Brokeback Mountain
Hodges Media Center PN1997.2 .B758 2006
It’s 1963, a time in the United States when life was simple, straightforward and the lines between the sexes and sex roles were crisply drawn and severely delineated. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist find themselves thrown together when they are hired to tend sheep in the remote area of Brokeback Mountain, Wyoming. Because of the job, the two are forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild. Ennis and Jack are inexorably drawn to each other through their proximity, loneliness and through a shared lack of tenderness and emotion in their lives and are emotionally, physically and psychically bonded to each other almost from the start.

Angels in America

Hodges Media Center PN1997.2 .A64 2004
Set in 1985. Revolves around two very different men with AIDS, one fictional, one fictionalized. Roy Cohn, personifies all the hypocrisy, delusion and callousness of the official response to the plague. Nothing shakes Roy’s lack of empathy: even on his death bed, he’s fighting with his gay nurse and taunting the woman he helped put to death, Ethel Rosenberg. The other patient is Prior Walter, who is visited by an angel and deserted by his self-pitying lover, Louis. Louis moves on to a relationship with Joe Pitt, a Mormon lawyer whose closeted homosexuality drives his wife to delusions and brings his mother to New York.

The Laramie project
Hodges Media Center PN1997.L336 2002
In October 1998, 21 year-old Matthew Shepard was found savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming. This film is a dramatization of a town forced to confront itself in the reflective glare of the national spotlight, responding with love, anger, sympathy, support, and defiance.

Children's hour
Hodges Media Center PN1997.C46434 2002
When a vindictive little girl is disciplined in an exclusive girl’s school, the child twists an overheard comment into slander. She accuses her teachers of lesbianism and her gullible grandmother spreads the gossip. Outraged, Karen and Martha fight back in court, but a child’s lie is hard to disprove.

Before night falls
Hodges Media Center PQ7390.A72 Z463132 2001
A look at the life of Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality get him in trouble with Castro’s Cuba and he spends two years in prison before leaving for the United States.

The adventures of Priscilla, queen of the desert
Hodges Media Center PN1997 .A2774 2000
With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Tick, Adam, and Ralph each has his own reason for wanting to leave the safety of Sydney. Christening their battered pink tour bus "Priscilla," the trio heads for the outback and into crazy adventures in even crazier outfits.

Chutney popcorn
Hodges Media Center PN1997 .C4896 1999
Lisa and Reena are in love, but when Reena agrees to become a surrogate mother for her childless sister, the cultural divide between Reena's Indian family and their lesbian lifestyle hits home. A heartfelt comedy about the cultural struggles between immigrant parents and their Americanized children and the strength of family ties.

Latin boys go to hell
Hodges Media Center PN1997 .L349 1998
A film about gay Latino men, including drag queens, in love, their various affairs, how their being gay squares with their Catholicism, their families, etc.

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