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GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender People) Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): New Additions To the Collection

New Additions to the Collection

Becoming More Viable
"Are you male or female? For four young transgender adults this is not a simple question. Since early childhood, these four defied societal norms to be their true selves and become more visible. Sean is a trans male comedian from a small affluent town in upstate New York. Katherine is a Bangladeshi trans girl from a family steeped in their cultural traditions. Olivia had to leave her family in Atlanta and enter the shelter system in order to be the woman she knows she is. The unforgettable Morgin is a fully transitioned woman pursuing her musical ambitions and attempting to make her way in the world. Becoming more visible shines a humanizing light on their different stories to help ignite the awareness and understanding needed to put an end to the discrimination of transgender people."

Gay USA
"Film of 1977 lesbian and gay pride parades and marches throughout the United States. Intercut with on-the-street interviews with gay men and women on their lovers and how they came out."

The Gospel of Eureka
"Welcome to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a one-of-a-kind oasis in the Ozarks where Christian piety rubs shoulders with a thriving queer community. Narrated with homespun humor by Mx Justin Vivian Bond, this lushly photographed documentary spotlights the space where the town's seemingly contradictory factions intersect."

Here's Looking at You Boy: The Coming-Out of Queer Cinema
"A documentary about the coming of age of gay films. Traces its development from the 1950s to the 21st century, Back then, whenever a homosexual character appeared, they were doomed to either die or go mad at the end. In recent times, the gay and lesbian film community exudes a self-confidence, which has been characterized by award-winning films.."

I Am Devine
"The dynamic, fun, and often poignant portrait of the legendary Divine. Learn about his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth, and his rise to fame as an internationally recognized drag superstar."

Inside the Chinese Closet
"The intricate tale of Andy and Cherry looking for love and happiness in Shanghai. They are homosexual but their families demand a (heterosexual) marriage and a baby from them. Because being single and childless would mean an unacceptable loss of face for their rural families in the remote countryside where they live. Will Andy and Cherry deny their happiness and sexual orientation to satisfy their parents' wishes?..."

Jewel's Catch One
"..celebrates the legacy of a legendary Los Angeles nightclub, Catch One, and the life-changing impact its owner, Jewel Thais-Williams, had on her community. For four decades, Jewel broke down racial and cultural barriers and built the oldest black-owned disco in America, creating one of the original safe spaces for LGBTQ, Black and Aids impacted communities."

Kings, Queens & In-Betweens
"Through the compelling stories of eight performers in the thriving drag scene in the unlikely location of Columbus, Ohio, the film dives into the often misunderstood topic of 'gender' itself. Giving rare insight into an underground scene, KQIB captures how an unlikely midwestern city full of vibrant performers tackles complexities of gender expression, personal identity, and human rights, all with humor, great music, big hair, and duct tape."

The Last Gospel of the Pagan Babies: A Queer Southern Story
",,,unveils the story of an underground queer, artist, gender bending sexual outlaw community dating back to the time of the American Civil War. In the 1960s, the Old World gay scene was changing. The Pagan Babies, a loosely connected group of artists and drag queens set out to challenge this conservative, Southern gay society with guerrilla theater interventions, outlandish costumes and behavior. This 150-year-old lineage has been held together through intergenerational storytelling, photography, personal artifacts (scrapbooks), films, and early video. Told through the voices of drag queens and artists Bob Morgan and Bradley Picklesimer, the film takes us on a journey into the deep south, unearthing little known characters and heroes from gay history and mythology: from the cross-dressing civil war guerilla soldier, Sue Mundy; Sweet Evening Breeze, a black drag queen born in the 1880s, infamous madam Belle Brezing, Henry Faulkner artist and long-time friend of Tennessee Williams whose early homoerotic photo documentation are housed at the Kinsey Institute; to Lee Majors and Rock Hudson- who once owned the only gay bar in town."

Love the Sinner
"Filmmaker Jessica Devaney grew up in Florida deeply involved with Evangelical Christianity. She eventually left Florida and came into her lesbian identity. Following the shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando she returned to Florida to explore the connection between Evangelical Christiantiy and homophobia. In this very personal film she interviews her mother as well as two Evangelical ministers."

Memories of a Penitent Heart = Memorias de un corazón penitente
"Twenty five years after Miguel died from AIDS, his niece, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo, embarks on an excavation into a quagmire of unresolved family drama. Like many gay men in the 1980s, Miguel moved from Puerto Rico to New York City; he found a career in theater and a rewarding relationship. Yet, on his deathbed he grappled to reconcile his homosexuality with his Catholic upbringing. Now, decades after his death, Cecilia locates Miguel's lover Robert, who has been shunned and demonized by the family, in order to understand the whole story."

Of Love & Law
"Fumi and Kazu are life partners, both professionally and privately: they run the first and only law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. The lawyers know all too well the realities of being a minority in a conformist society, where the collective unity is absolute and often maintained at the expense of individual rights and freedom. Not being part of the majority could lead to prosecution by law and alienation by society at large - illustrated by the cases that the two lawyers take on...."

Queer Nation
"Argentina may lead South America in terms of progressive social politics, but the gap between cultural values and recently accorded rights to gays, lesbians, and transsexuals is palpable and persistent. A toxic atmosphere is created from the all-encompassing Catholicism and machismo along with the complexity of class, historical, and rural-urban divides, as well as aboriginal-settler tensions."

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
"Started in the 1980s as a fabricated movement intended to punk the punk scene, it quickly became a real-life cultural community of LGBTQ music and movie-making revolutionaries. From the start of the pseudo-movement to the widespread rise of pop artists who used queer identity to push against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture, this is a 'how-to-do-it' guide for the next generation of queer radicals."

The Salt Mines
"Explores the lives of Hispanic male transvestite prostitutes and crack addicts living in abandoned garbage trucks at a road salt storage facility near lower Manhattan."

The Same Difference
"...shines a light on the all-too-often ignored problem of homophobia and gender discrimination within the black lesbian community. Onuorah's fascinating and original documentary examines what happens when lesbians discriminate against each other over violations of the strict code that separates butches from femmes. The film examines how these behaviors reproduce the homophobic oppression and masculine privilege of the straight world, while looking for solutions in compelling discussions with community members."

The Transformation
"Follows Ricardo, a homeless, HIV-positive transvestite prostitute as he rejects his street life to join a group of Born Again Christians from Dallas, Texas in an effort to transform his life from that of a homosexual to a heterosexual. He ends up marrying a woman and returns to the New York streets to proselytize among his former associates."

Treasure: From Tragedy to Transjustice, Mapping a Detroit Story
"..is a feature documentary about nineteen year old trans woman Shelly 'Treasure' Hilliard whose murder involved police coercion, Jim Crow drug laws, the criminalization of sex work and transphobia. It is about a young Detroit trans community activated by her death, and her family, who are suing for justice."

Unspoken: Asian Americans on Coming Out to Immigrant Parents
"The film explores the challenges of talking with immigrant parents about queerness, gender identity, and sexuality. In the film, six LGBTQ Asian Americans read coming out letters that they wrote to their parents - sharing what they would say if they didn't face anguage and cultural barriers in communicating with family."

The Untold Stories of Armisted Maupin
"Jennifer Kroot's documentary about the creator of Tales of the City moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of '70's San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war."

Where Justice Ends
"...is at the intersection of two important and timely topics of social justice - conditions within the U.S. prison system and the injustices that befall transgender people encountering the law. The staggering conditions at the center of this film are largely invisible, but perhaps nowhere else do the inequalities of our criminal incarceration fall more heavily than on the transgender community. In the late 1980s, one transgener woman refused to endure continual abuse, assault and rape in prison..."