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Out in America

Out in America

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After Stonewall: America's LGBT Movement

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.

Before Stonewall: America's LGBT Movement

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.

Two Dads, Two Moms: Gay Couples and Their Families

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)

TEDTalks: LZ GrandersonThe Myth of the Gay Agenda

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.

God Loves Uganda

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.

Being Me

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.

Becoming Me: The Gender Within

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)

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

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

Aristophanes Speech from Plato's Symposium

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.

Structural Foundations of the Gay World by Barry Adam

In this article, Barry Adam examines the social and historical foundations of the gay social world.

The Gay Science by Michel Foucault

In this interview, influential thinker Michel Foucault discusses his thoughts on sexuality.

Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire from Gender Trouble (Butler, Judith)

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
by Laumann, Edward O

9780226469577Edward O. Laumann; John H. Gagnon; Robert T. Michael; Stuart MichaelsThe Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United StatesThe Social Organization of Sexuality reports the complete results of the nation's most comprehensive representative survey of sexual practices in the general adult population of the United States. This highly detailed portrait of sex in America and its social context and implications has established a new and original scientific orientation to the study of sexual behavior. "The most comprehensive U.S. sex survey ever." -- USA Today "The findings from this survey, the first in decades to provide detailed insights about the sexual behavior of a representative sample of Americans, will have a profound impact on how policy makers tackle a number of pressing health problems." --Alison Bass, The Boston Globe "A fat, sophisticated, and sperm-freezingly serious volume. . . . This book is not in the business of giving us a good time. It is in the business of asking three thousand four hundred and thirty-two other people whether they had a good time, and exactly what they did to make it so good." --Anthony Lane, The New Yorker New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - HQ18.U5 S59 1994
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American Sexual Character : Sex, Gender, and National Identity in the Kinsey Reports
by Reumann, Miriam G.

9780520238350Miriam G. ReumannAmerican Sexual Character: Sex, Gender, and National Identity in the Kinsey ReportsWhen Alfred Kinsey's massive studies Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female appeared in 1948 and 1953, their detailed data spurred an unprecedented public discussion of the nation's sexual practices and ideologies. As they debated what behaviors were normal or average, abnormal or deviant, Cold War Americans also celebrated and scrutinized the state of their nation, relating apparent changes in sexuality to shifts in its political structure, economy, and people. American Sexual Character employs the studies and the myriad responses they evoked to examine national debates about sexuality, gender, and Americanness after World War II. Focusing on the mutual construction of postwar ideas about national identity and sexual life, this wide-ranging, shrewd, and lively analysis explores the many uses to which these sex surveys were put at a time of extreme anxiety about sexual behavior and its effects on the nation. Looking at real and perceived changes in masculinity, female sexuality, marriage, and homosexuality, Miriam G. Reumann develops the notion of "American sexual character," sexual patterns and attitudes that were understood to be uniquely American and to reflect contemporary transformations in politics, social life, gender roles, and culture. She considers how apparent shifts in sexual behavior shaped the nation's workplaces, homes, and families, and how these might be linked to racial and class differences. - Description from Syndetics
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Straights: heterosexuality in post-closeted culture
by Dean, James Joseph

9780814764596James Joseph DeanStraights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted CultureSincethe Stonewall Riots in 1969, the politics of sexual identity in America havedrastically transformed. It's almost old news that recent generations ofAmericans have grown up in a culture more accepting of out lesbians and gaymen, seen the proliferation of LGBTQ media representation, and witnessed theattainment of a range of legal rights for same-sex couples. But the changeswrought by a so-called "post-closeted culture" have not just affected the queercommunity--heterosexuals are also in the midst of a sea change in how theirsexuality plays out in everyday life. In Straights,James Joseph Dean argues that heterosexuals can neither assume the invisibilityof gays and lesbians, nor count on the assumption that their ownheterosexuality will go unchallenged. The presumption that we are allheterosexual, or that there is such a thing as 'compulsory heterosexuality,' heclaims, has vanished. Based on 60 in-depth interviews witha diverse group of straight men and women, Straights explores how straight Americans make sense of their sexual and genderedselves in this new landscape, particularly with an understanding of how racedoes and does not play a role in these conceptions. Dean provides a historicalunderstanding of heterosexuality and how it was first established, then moveson to examine the changing nature of masculinity and femininity and, mostimportantly, the emergence of a new kind of heterosexuality--notably, for men,the metrosexual, and for women, the emergence of a more fluid sexuality. Thebook also documents the way heterosexuals interact and form relationships withtheir LGBTQ family members, friends, acquaintances, and coworkers. Althoughhomophobia persists among straight individuals, Dean shows that beinggay-friendly or against homophobic expressions is also increasingly commonamong straight Americans. A fascinating study, Straights provides an in-depth look at the changing nature ofsexual expression in America. Instructors: PowerPoint slides for each chapter are available by clicking on the files below. Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - HQ72.8 .D43 2014
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Sexual orientation at work: contemporary issues and perspectives
by Colgan, Fiona; Rumens, Nick

9780415536493Fiona Colgan (Editor); Nick Rumens (Editor)Sexual Orientation at Work: Contemporary Issues and PerspectivesSexual Orientation at Work: Contemporary Issues and Perspectivesbrings together contemporary international research on sexual orientation and draws out its implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and heterosexual employees and managers. It provides new empirical and theoretical insights into sexual orientation employment discrimination and equality work in countries such as South Africa, Turkey, Australia, Austria, Canada, US and the UK. This book is novel in its focus on how sexual orientation intersects with other aspects of difference such as age, class, ethnicity and disability. It adopts new theoretical perspectives (e.g. queer theory) to analyze the rise of new 'gay-friendly' organizations, and examines important methodological issues in collecting socio-economic data about sexual minorities. Providing an accessible account of key issues and perspectives on sexual orientation in the workplace, Sexual Orientation at Work caters to a wide range of readers across business, feminist, and LGBT/Queer Studies fields. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - HF5549.5 .S47 S49 2015
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