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


After Stonewall: From the Riots to the Millenium
"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. Chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the century. Captures the hard work, struggles, tragic defeats and exciting victories experienced since then. It explores how AIDS literally changed the direction of the movement."

Ballot Measure 9
"Examines anti-homosexual activism in Oregon, centered around the 1992 election, which saw the passage of a measure limiting the civil rights of gay citizens."

Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community
"Traces the social, political and cultural history of homosexuality in America from the 1920s to 1969; the beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement after a police raid on Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City; and the three-day riot that followed."

Breaking Through
"Openly LGBT elected officials at all levels and from across the country - including the first gay US Senator, Tammy Baldwin - share their stories of self-doubt and triumph over multiple barriers ranging from race and poverty to gender and sexual orientation, revealing a deeply personal, rarely-seen side of politicians and LGBT people."

City of Borders: Love and Consequences at Jerusalem's Only Gay Bar
"In the heart of Jerusalem stands an unusual symbol of unity that defies generations of segregation, violence and prejudice: a gay bar called Shushan. ... The documentary follows the daily lives of the five Israeli and Palestinian patrons as they navigate the minefield of politics, religion and discrimination to live and love openly."

Folsom Forever
"In 1984, a scrappy little neighborhood in San Francisco, home too many low-income tenants and the heart of the gay male leather scene, faced destruction from the bulldozers of redevelopment and the AIDS crisis. The Folsom Street Fair was started to call attention to gentrification and raise money for AIDS charities. The film tells the story of how this small street fair grew into the biggest outdoor kink and fetish event in the world, and managed to do a lot of good along the way."

Gay Pioneers
"The story of gay and lesbian activists who staged the first homosexual civil rights demonstrations in Philadelphia, Washington and New York from 1965 to 1969."

"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."

Global Gay: The Next Frontier in Human Rights
"Whether it be regarding legalization in the Middle East and Africa or the focus of gay marriage laws in the West, after years of long diplomatic struggle, several world leaders have declared themselves in favor of the universal decriminalization of homosexuality. But victory won't come easily. The countries that still punish homosexuality refuse to give in to international pressure. This film follows this battle for decriminalization through the lives and work of some of its fearless pioneers in Russia, Cuba, Cameroon, Nepal, and South Africa."

Joy: Portrait of a Nun
"A documentary featuring Sister Missionary P. Delight, one of the founders of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a fascinating group of individuals, mostly Radical Faeries living between San Francisco and the deep South who are men impersonating nuns. They have made an invaluable contribution to both the queer community and to the sexual liberation movement. The group was at the forefront of one of the most memorable gay-rights movements in history, redefining queer identity through spirituality while 'promulgating joy and expiating stigmatic guilt.'"

Passionate Politics:The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch
"Brings Charlotte [Bunch]'s story to life, from idealistic young civil rights organizer, to lesbian feminist activist to internationally recognized leader. Charlotte's story is told by women from Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean who have worked with her to put women's rights on the global human rights agenda. Interwoven throughout the film are excerpts from Charlotte's personal letters that illuminate her determination to create a more just world."

Political Animals
"...chronicles the ground-breaking LGBT civil rights victories of the first four openly gay elected California state legislators -- all women -- who took the fight for equality from the streets and into the halls of government."

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."

Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria
"Tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States - a 1966 riot in San Francisco's impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn."

Stonewall Uprising
"Explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. When police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived."