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We've Added More LGBTQIA+ Films

We're adding streaming videos and DVDs to our collection that highlight the LGBTQIA+ experience. Some are documentaries, such as "Sweetheart Dancers" and "The Times of Harvey Milk," that explore key issues.  Others are feature length dramas, like "Beginners." We like having tv shows in the collection too, and think that "Queer as Folk" is definitely worth binging.


Recommended Films

Torch Song Trilogy (1988) "A gay man in New York searches for love, respect, and tradition in a world that seems not especially made for him. 119 minutes. Available streaming through Kanopy.

Beginners (2010) "A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover." 104 minutes. Available streaming through Swank.

Sweetheart Dancers (2019) "This story is rooted in an incident where the first Two Spirit couple, Sean Snyder and Adrian Stevens, decided to enter a special competition at one big influential powwow. This had never been attempted before in modern tribal dance circles and they were disqualified for not adhering to the rule of the "one man, one woman" competition. 14 minutes. Available streaming through Kanopy.

Queens at Heart (1967) Produced in 1967, this amazing 22-minute short introduces us to Misty, Vicky, Sonja and Simone—four courageous trans women who candidly discuss their personal lives. 22 minutes. Available streaming through Kanopy.

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) "One of the first feature documentaries to address gay life in America, it's a work of advocacy itself, bringing Milk's message of hope and equality to a wider audience. 88 minutes. Available streaming through Kanopy.

Mosquita & Mari (2012) "This exquisitely crafted coming of age tale follows a pair of Latina teens who fall gradually in love against the backdrop of Southeast Los Angeles." 86 minutes. Available streaming through Kanopy.

She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) "A documentary that resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement from 1966 to 1971." 1 hour 32 minutes. Available streaming through Academic Video Online.

Inlaws & Outlaws (2005) "With remarkable honesty, good humor, great music and real heart, Inlaws & Outlaws weaves together true stories of couples and singles, gay and straight, to embrace what we all have in common: we love." 1 hour 40 minutes. Available on DVD.

No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon (2003) "No Secret Anymore shows Del and Phyllis creating coalitions that took on the prevailing belief that lesbians were illegal, immoral and sick. Phyllis and Del did the groundbreaking work on lesbian mothers, sex education, family violence, and more. " 57 minutes. Available streaming through Academic Video Online.

Queer As Folk: The Complete Series (2000-2005) "The lives and loves of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." 84 episodes. Available on DVD.

How Do I Look: From Fantasy to Reality (2005) A documentary capturing the Harlem "Ball" traditions that originated in the 70's, an historically off shot from the Harlem "Drag Balls" from the 20's. 70 minutes. Available on DVD.

Almost Myself: Reflections on Mending and Transcending Gender (2007) Documentary that explores journeys of boyhood to womanhood and the struggles of transcending gender. 82 minutes. Available on DVD.

Taxi Zum Klo (1980) " Frank Ripploh is a bit of a rascal: he's a bearded and shaggy-haired teacher, and he's gay with a very active sex life and an interest in making films."  1 hour 38 minutes. Available on DVD.

Making the Boys (2011) "On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience." 1 hour 30 minutes. Available on DVD.

Trained in the Ways of Men (2007) "Leaving no stone unturned, Director Shelly Prevost scrupulously examines the murder trial of Gwen Araujo and provides numerous interviews with Gwen Araujo's mother Sylvia and the attorneys involved in the case. " 1 hour 38 minutes. Available on DVD.


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