Out in America
Narrated by Melissa Etheridge. 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. After Stonewall, the sequel to Before Stonewall, chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the century. It captures the hard work, struggles, tragic defeats and exciting victories experienced since them. It explores how AIDS literally changed the direction of the movement. The two films, Before & After, tell the remarkable tale of how homosexuals, a heretofore hidden and despised group, became a vibrant and integral part of America's family, and, indeed, the world community.
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. Before Stonewall pries open the closet door--setting free the dramatic story of the sometimes horrifying public and private existences experienced by gay and lesbian Americans since the 1920s. Revealing and often humorous, this widely acclaimed film relives the emotionally-charged sparking of today's gay rights movement, from the events that led to the fevered 1969 riots to many other milestones in the brave fight for acceptance. Experience the fascinating and unforgettable, decade-by-decade history of homosexuality in America through eye-opening historical footage and amazing interviews with those who lived through an often brutal closeted history.
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 films 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 throughalthough childhood was hardly challenge-free for any of them. In Paris, Bastien reflects on his fathers belated coming-out process, the divorce it caused, and how it shaped their current family. In Valencia, Sushila and Gauriboth born in developing countriesdiscuss 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 teenagersflirting with Goth culture, indulging a favorite pet, playfully punching Dad in the arm during breakfasteven 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. (52 minutes)
In a funny talk with an urgent message, LZ Granderson points out the absurdity in the idea that there's a "gay lifestyle," much less a "gay agenda." What's actually on his agenda? Being a good partner and being a good parent.
With "God Loves Uganda", Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda's terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. Thanks to charismatic religious leaders and a well-financed campaign, these draconian new laws and the politicians that peddle them are winning over the Ugandan public. But these dangerous policies and the money that fuels them aren't coming from Africa; they're being imported from some of America's largest mega-churches. Using vérité, interviews, and hidden camera footage, the film allows American religious leaders and their young missionaries that make up the "front lines in a battle for billions of souls" to explain their positions in their own words. "God Loves Uganda" will leave you questioning just how closely this brand of Christianity resembles the one you think you know.
There are any number of self help books that will tell you how to find yourself. But what if truly being yourself involved changing your gender? Would you have the courage to do it? Eleven-year-old Isabelle does. To the world she looked like a young boy. But she knew that she was really a girl. Being Me tells Isabelles story and the story of the family, the doctor and ultimately the community that backed her decision to truly be herself. Isabelles story is remarkable and inevitably raises many questions for families, doctors and society in general. Along the way, meet other people who've confronted the same feelings and discover that a growing and significant number of children are finding themselves in the same situation.
What ultimately determines a persons gender? Is it chromosomes, hormones, genitals, or an innate sense of self? In this Telly Awardwinning program, five transgendered individuals between the ages of 20 and 50 speak openly about what it has meant to them to be transgenderedtheir 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. Contains clinically explicit language. An expanded version of Becoming Me: The Gender Within with graphic operating-room footage of male-to-female and female-to-male SRS performed by Dr. Marci Bowers is included on DVD only. A viewable/printable instructors guide is available online. (40 minutes)
On November 20, 2013, Bayard Rustin was posthumously awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Rustin was at most of the important events of the Civil Rights Movementbut always in the background. This film asks "Why?" It presents a vivid drama, intermingling the personal and the political, about one of the most enigmatic figures in 20th-century American history. One of the first freedom riders, an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph, organizer of the march on Washington, intelligent, gregarious, and charismatic, Bayard Rustin was denied his place in the limelight for one reasonhe was gay.
Articles for Consideration
While it may seem that the considerations of gay, straight, and bisexual relationships are something modern, it is important to note that thinkers and philosophers have considered these issues for millenia. This writing comes from Plato's Symposium (written around 375 BC), a dialogue examining love. In it playwright Aristophanes tells the myth of mankind's sexual origins.
In this article, Barry Adam examines the social and historical foundations of the gay social world.
In this interview, influential thinker Michel Foucault discusses his thoughts on sexuality.
This chapter from Judith Butler's Gender Trouble examines gender, sexuality, and desire.
Books and eBooks
The social organization of sexuality: sexual practices in the United States
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