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Sex and Gender Identity & Diversity

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Out in America

This critically acclaimed PBS documentary is an uplifting collection of unique, transformative stories and inspiring personal narratives told through the lens of the country's most prominent LGBT figures and pioneers, as well as many average, yet extraordinary, citizens from gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. The program weaves together diverse stories from urban and rural America, from the heartland to New England, from San Francisco to Harlem. Deeply moving and often humorous, viewers will get a glimpse of awakenings, first crushes, unlikely soul mates, intimacy, and liberation. While separated by circumstance and upbringing, the film's subjects are all united in their shared experiences of self-discovery, coming out, pride and love as well as a triumph over adversity and a true sense of belonging. Against the backdrop of historical events, each also traces their own hopes, struggles, influences and contributions towards advancements in equality and broad social change. (79 minutes)





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.

TEDTalks: LZ Granderson: The 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.

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)

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)



Books and eBooks

Acting out: combating homophobia through teacher activism
by Blackburn, Mollie V

9780807750322Acting Out!: Combating Homophobia Through Teacher ActivismIn this volume, teachers from urban, suburban, and rural districts join together in a teacher inquiry group to challenge homophobia and heterosexism in schools and classrooms. To create safe learning environments for all students they address key topics, including seizing teachable moments, organizing faculty, deciding whether to come out in the classroom, using LBGTQ-inclusive texts, running a Gay-Straight Alliance, changing dsitrict policy to protect LBGTQ teachers and students, dealing with resistant students, and preparing preservice teachers to do antihomophobia work. The book discusses examples of antihomophobia teaching accross elementary, secondary and university contexts, and discussions of the consequences of this work. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - LC212.8 .A27 2010
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Gender Trouble
by Judith Butler

9780415389556Judith P. ButlerGender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of IdentityOne of the most talked-about scholarly works of the past fifty years, Judith Butler's Gender Troubleis as celebrated as it is controversial. Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural, 'essential' notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, Butler starts by questioning the category 'woman' and continues in this vein with examinations of 'the masculine' and 'the feminine'. Best known however, but also most often misinterpreted, is Butler's concept of gender as a reiterated social performance rather than the expression of a prior reality. Thrilling and provocative, few other academic works have roused passions to the same extent. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - HQ1154 .B88 2007
Gender Trouble Book Cover







Articles to Consier

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.




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