Diversity DVD Library

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning

1.   Being Gay: Coming Out in the 21st Century (DVD – 25 min.s – Facilitator’s Guide)   Today, while gay, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders are no longer forced to hide their sexual orientation; there is still prejudice and discrimination which can make common g out a difficulty decision. And there are always internal pressur4es as well. This program presents the accounts and stories of people who have recently taken the step of coming out. Interviewees and experts discuss the benefits of this important transition by examining the six stages of coming to terms with one’s sexual identity. They also look at the dangers of running away from sexual self-acceptance such as alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide and how finding support can greatly assist the process.

2.  For the Bible Tells Me So (DVD – 98 min.s – Facilitator’s Guide) Does God really condemn loving homosexual relationships?  Is the chasm separating Christianity from gays and lesbians too wide to cross?  Is the Bible an excuse to hate?  These questions and more are answered in this award winning documentary, which brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture – and reveals the religious anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a misinterpretation of the Bible. 

3.  Growing Up Gay and Lesbian (DVD - ) Brian McNaught, award-winning freelance writer, educational consultant, and counselor, provides an insightful, first-hand account of his experience growing up gay.He uses comedy and his skills as a counselor to present an overview of gay sexual orientation that is at once disarming and heart-warming  

4.  Homosexuality: A Religious Perspective (DVD – 37 mins.)  Throughout history, homosexuality has been censured by some of the world’s major religions and often punished to the severest degree. This program studies the scriptures and doctrines of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam to understand why, and then contrasts their stances with those of Hinduism, Sikhism, and the Rome of Hadrian. A compassionate and compelling discussion of gay marriage and child adoption by gay couples is discussed; as well the genetic predisposition toward homosexuality is considered and homosexual acct in the animal world. As they relate to scripture are addressed.

5.  I Exist:  Voices from the Lesbian and Gay Middle Eastern Community in the U.S. (VHS)  From the Unlearing Homophobia film series, this documentary is about the lives of lesbian and gay Middle Easterners in the U.S.  Award-winning directors Peter Barbosa and Garrett Lenoir deliver a piercing tour de force of the joys and pains of growing up gay and Middle Eastern.  Touching and groundbreaking interviews shed light on the experiences of this community, once voiceless by the fear of shame and ostracism.

6.  It Takes A Team: Making Sports Safe for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Athletes and Coaches (DVD & VHS – 15 min.s - Educational Kit)
Video focuses on the safe education of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. It includes four sections that examine. The gay or lesbian athletes and their teammates and coaches in this video describe some of their experiences. The video describes some of the challenges that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender athletes and coaches encounter and shows how it takes a team to make sure that all coaches and athletes are safe and respected.

7.  Licensed to Kill (DVD – 77 min.s – Facilitator’s Guide) This DVD is part 20 years of independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. Oscar-nominated filmmaker (winner – Sundance Film Festival Best Documentary Director Award & Filmmaker Thropy Award) Arthur Dong takes us on a frightening journey into the minds of men whose contempt for homosexuality has led them to murder. Attacked himself in 1977 by gay bashers, Dong confronts killers of gay men face-to-face and asks them directly: "Why did you do it?" Described by the Los Angeles Times as a "chilling look at the real face of evil," the film includes video of actual gay bashings, crime scenes, murderers' confessions, and graphic evidence from police files, as it fuses together the powerful stories of seven convicted killers.

8.  SAFE on Campus (DVD)  A training and development resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender “Safe Space Ally Programs” created at Duke University. The DVD includes digital video scenarios, graphics, training manuals, assessment, identity development, and helpful online links.

9.  Tongues Untied (DVD – 55 min.s)) This DVD is part 20 years of independent point-of-view (POV) documentary storytelling on PBS. This landmark film (winner – Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award) by Emmy Award-winning director Marlon Riggs uses poetry, personal testimony, rap and performance to explore what it means to be Black and gay in America. Angry, funny, erotic and poetic by turns (and sometimes all at once), “Tongues Untied” jumps from interview to confession, music video to documentary to poem. The result is a rich account of the Black gay male experience, from protest marches and smoky bars to the language of the “snap diva” and “vogue” dancer. The broadcast raised a storm of controversy, with letter writing campaigns, picket lines, and even bomb threats against stations planning to carry it. It was also attacked on the Senate floor by Senators, Jesse Helms, John McCain and Bob Dole, and used in a TV ad by Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign.

10.  TRANSGenration (DVD – 5 hrs. 8 parts)  A groundbreaking 8-part documentary series that captures a year in the life of four transgender college students. The series follows four unique individuals, two male-to-females and two female-to-males as they struggle to transition from one gender to the other in the midst of a grueling school year. From working-class campuses to private colleges steeped in tradition, we follow these four students as they juggle the pressures of college life, academia and family expectations with their own-life changing transition. Idealistic and impassioned, these four young adults embark on a journey of self-discovery and in the process re-define gender for their generation.

11.  Unlearning Homophia Series (DVD - 3 part series)  Three award-winning documentary films, in a moving trilogy that will affect the way Americans think about sexual orientation, homophobia, family, and love.

Part 1:  "Straight From the Heart", explores parent's journeys to a new understanding of their lesbian and gay children by presenting simple stories about real families from across the country.

Part 2.:  "All God's Children", is a documentary short about Black churches' embracement of African American lesbians and gay men as dedicated members of their spiritual families.  Rev. Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, and Senator Carol Moseley-Braun are among those who speak out about the important role of the church in the struggle for equal rights and social justice for all people.

Part 3:  "De Colores", is a bilingual short presenting Latino families breaking down cultural prejudice through deep-rooted love. 

12.  What’s Morally Wrong With Homosexuality? (DVD – 57 min.s)  Is homosexuality unnatural? Does it threaten society? Are gays and lesbians “born that way”, and does it matter either way? In this provocative program, Dr. John Corvino tackles these questions and more. Combining philosophical rigor with sensitivity and humor. Corvino examines the most common arguments against same-sex relationships; including those based on nature, harm, and religion. In the process, he invites people on all sides to rethink easy assumptions about homosexuality and morality.

13.  When A Kid Is Gay (DVD & VHS – 60 min.s)  From its title, “When a Kid Is Gay” sounds like a self-help guide for stressed-out parents of gay kids, a step-by-step program on what to do ("(1) do not panic, (2) stop panicking"). In actuality, this sensitively but realistically made special is a testament to the strength and determination of teens and young adults who are slowly but surely finding their way out of the closet. Profiling a gay and lesbian youth group in Worcester, Massachusetts, the program offers different looks at various group members who are all dealing with different aspects of coming out: What makes this quietly affecting special topnotch is that these kids are real, articulate, and honest, easy to identify with--this isn't some glossed-up Beverly Hills 90210-style video. They're going through all the pain and pressure of coming out and admirably wrestling with complex issues at a very young age. Kids who are just starting to explore their sexuality would do very well to watch 51.

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