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GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender People) Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Homophobia


Before You Know It
"The subjects of Before You Know It are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion. But Before You Know It is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities, it's a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie. An affirmation of life and human resilience told with humor and candor, Before You Know It confirms that you are never too old to reshape society."

"Erin Davies became a victim of a hate crime because of a rainbow sticker on her VW Beetle. Her car was vandalized with the words 'fag' and 'u r gay' on the driver's side window and hood. Despite initial shock and embarrassment, Davies decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car. She took her car, now known worldwide as the 'Fagbug, ' on a 58-day trip around the United States and Canada. Now viewers can follow her journey and the metamorphosis of the 'Fagbug.'"

Ke kulana he māhu = Remembering a Sense of Place
"Contrasts the diversity of gender and sexual practices in precolonial times with the stigmatization and marginalization of transgendered and gay people in Hawaii today. Relates how colonialism transformed Kanaka Maoli (indigenous Hawaiian) society and changed what forms of love are considered acceptable."

Last Chance = Une dernière chance
"Paul Émile D'Entremont travels the world to tell the stories of five asylum seekers who flee their native countries to escape homophobic violence. They face hurdles integrating into Canada, fear deportation and anxiously await a decision that will change their lives forever. All five remain hopeful their adopted land will show them the compassion they deserve. Around them, lawyers and support groups mobilize as Canada's openness to refugees comes under threat. Last Chance champions the cause of sexual minorities who refuse to deny their core identity. It brings to light the reality of people who boldly and bravely assert their differences against all odds."

Out at Work
"Looks at the lives of three gay workers as they struggle to gain equal rights and eradicate homophobic treatment in the workplace."

"Reveals politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation while leading secret lives, the double standards the media sets for these politicians, and the harm inflicted. Includes analysis from Congressman Barney Frank, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, and others."

Paragraph 175
"Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175."

Training Rules
"A look at how homophobia among women's college sports destroyed the dreams and careers of some of the country's top athletes. Follows Penn State women's basketball champ Jennifer Harris as she takes on the institutionalized homophobia of coach Rene Portland."

What's Morally Wrong with Homosexuality?
"A lecture examining moral arguments against homosexuality."