"a cinematic survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as well as the cultural and political evolution of the LGBT community. This first-of-its-kind collection features award-winning documentaries, interviews, archival footage, and select feature films exploring LGBT history, gay culture and subcultures, civil rights, marriage equality, LGBT families, AIDS, transgender issues, religious perspectives on homosexuality, global comparative experiences, and other topics. One of our primary partners for this collection is Frameline, a nonprofit media organization that produces the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, the oldest film festival devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender programming currently in existence."
Documentaries and Other Videos in the UCF Library Collection
The following titles are arranged by subject using the call number (e.g., E, GV, HQ, etc.).
Call Number: UCF Main Library DVD Collection - 3rd Floor -- BV4437.5.O54 2004
First Run Features, 1993, 82 minutes check availability of DVD
"Two former leaders of an x-gay ministry expose and ridicule therapies and techniques used by some Christian organizations to attempt to change the sexual orientation of homosexuals."
Call Number: UCF ONLINE General Collection HQ73.L4533
Filmakers Library, 1990, 29 minutes
"This remarkably honest and revealing documentary shatters the stereotypes held by many people unfamiliar with the gay community. Eleven women discuss with heartwarming frankness their lives in local neighborhoods, covering a wide range of issues including marriage, motherhood, discrimination, stereotypes and female roles. Out in Suburbia shows us that many lesbians have mainstream values and lead conventional lives."
Call Number: UCF Online General Collection HQ 76.2.C852 A234 1998
California Newsreel, 1998, 63 minutes
"Woubi Cheri is the first film to give African homosexuals a chance to describe their world in their own words. Often funny, sometimes ribald, but always real, this documentary introduces us to gender pioneers demanding their right to construct a distinct African homosexuality"
California Newsreel, 1989, 55 minutes check availability of DVD - 4 hour checkout
"Derogatory accusations, judgments, and jokes in our culture are met head-on by this video about black, male, and gay identity. Poetry, personal testimony, and drama unite to oppose the homophobia and racism that attempt to split a person into opposing loyalties."
Paris is Burning
Call Number: UCF Main Library DVD Collection - 3rd Floor -- HQ76.2.U5P37 2005
"Filmed between 1987 and 1989, 'Paris is Burning' explores the world of New York drag balls and voguing competitions."
Being Gay: Coming Out in the 21st Century
Call Number: UCF Main Library DVD Collection - 3rd Floor -- HQ76.25.B445 2005
"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."
Call Number: UCF ONLINE General Collection HQ 76.3.U5 B43 1994
First Run Features, 1984, 86 minutes
"A social history of homosexuality in America from the 1920s to 1969, showing how this group has moved from a secret shame to the status of a publicly viable minority group. Tells how a group consciousness coalesced after the 1969 police raid on Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, and the three-day riot that followed gained them national publicity and the birth of the gay movement."
Call Number: UCF Main Library DVD Collection - 3rd Floor -- HQ76.3.U5G3983 2006
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"Explores the emotional strain placed on gay youth by intense feelings of isolation. Isolation frequently leads them to drug and alcohol abuse, violence, homelessness and even suicide. Designed to break the silence surrounding adolescent homosexuality and shows that information, acceptance, and support can make differences in the lives of these young people."
Ich bin Meine Eigene Frau die Lebensgeschichte der Charlotte von Mahlsdorf = I'm My Own Woman : The Life Story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf
Call Number: UCF Main Library DVD Collection - 3rd Floor -- HQ76.98.M34I22 1994
"East German Lothar Berfelde, a.k.a. Charlotte Mahlsdorf, is a transvestite and proud of it. In this film, "Charlotte" serves as a guide through his own life story, as he coaches young actors through the dramatized sequences of this documentary. Illustrates the persecution homosexuals endured during the Nazi and post WWII eras."
Call Number: UCF Main Library DVD Collection - 3rd Floor -- HQ77.9.T7159 1998
A&E Television Networks, 1998, 46 minutes check availability of DVD
"A look at a growing segment of people who do not accept their biological gender and how they are coping in a society with distinct sex roles."
Call Number: UCF ONLINE General Collection HQ 77.7.Y55 1997
Berkeley Media, 1997, 57 minutes
"Provides honest and riveting portraits of six men who once were women. Through their commentaries and the experiences of partners, friends, and family emerges an unforgettable story of self-discovery."
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"Follows the transitions of Nicco, Norie and Keegan, three young New Yorkers from different race and class backgrounds, as they prepare and undergo female to male transition surgery. Reveals the conflict over the place of trans-males within the lesbian community."
Call Number: UCF Online General Collection HQ 1033.W49 2006
"Legalizing same-sex marriage (02:50) -- Long-term gay relationships (02:24) -- From heterosexual marriage to same-sex marriage (02:56) -- Partners, but not spouses (03:60) -- Opposition : clashing minority groups (02:25) -- Not all religions condemn same-sex marriage (03:41) -- Author and gay activist, Jane Rule (05:13) -- Marriage for homosexual parents (04:51) -- When private lives become public (02:55) -- Marriage : a dying cliché (02:05) -- Trials and tribulations of same-sex marriages (04:39) -- Acceptance of same-sex partners (05:43) -- Equal right to marry (02:44)."
Speak Up! Improving the Lives of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth
Call Number: UCF Main Library DVD Collection - 3rd Floor -- LC192.6.S63 2002
"Explores what these students have done to transform their schools into safer and more welcoming environments. Interviews with students, parents, teachers, administrators and national activists highlight not only the need for transformation, but offer resources and advice for those actively working for change."
Call Number: CMC Professional Collection 363.49 Its
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(includes new retrospective documentary It's Still Elementary) - "An exploration of what happens when experienced teachers talk to their students about lesbians and gay men. Students are asked to consider issues related to homosexuality at six elementary and middle schools. Footage of classroom activities and discussions are presented with students exploring questions and issues presented to them by teachers and guest lecturers who come into their classes. School-wide presentations, activity-days, and how these events affect faculty, parents and teachers are also discussed."
Further Off the Straight & Narrow: New Gay Visibility on Television, 1998-2006
Call Number: UCF Main Library DVD Collection - 3rd Floor -- PN1992.8.H64F87 2006
"Surveys network dramas, sitcoms, reality shows, and premium cable programming to show how the portrayal of GLBT characters is often marked by ambivalence and tension. The film cautions that although GLBT characters and plotlines have become more prevalent and complex in recent years, the images and stories portrayed continue to be shaped by narrow commercial imperatives. The film argues that the evolution of GLBT representations should be seen as a recognition of GLBT consumers and gay taste by advertisers rather than as a sign that the struggle for gay equality has been won."
The Celluloid Closet
Call Number: UCF Main Library DVD Collection - 3rd Floor -- PN1995.9.H55C45 2001
"Assembles footage from over 120 films showing the changing face of cinema homosexuality from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist triumphs of the 1990s. Many actors, writers and commentators provide anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians on the silver screen."
Call Number: UCF ONLINE General Collection RC 558.P793 1995
"A video series based on the collaborative efforts of mental health professionals with research and experience on psychotherapy with gay and lesbian individuals. The purpose is to provide information to students and to other mental health professionals. Contents: program 1. History, theory and research (42 min.) -- program 2. Relationships ; Presenting issues (33 min.) -- program 3. Coming out (40 min.) -- program 4. Diversity (46 min.) -- program 5. Gay teens (47 min.)."
VHS transferred to FLARE storage in Gainesville
The following titles are arranged by subject using the call number (e.g., E, GV, HQ, etc.).
"The Pikes Peak Library District sponsored a five-part series of panel discussions about the topics of tolerance and intolerance in the community. The purpose was to explore the facets of the subject, its impact on the community to summarize the issue from differing vantage points and learn ways to understand and address the issue."
"Dr. Pepper Schwartz documents the lives of one gay and one lesbian couple. She uses a case-study approach that explores their views on handling conflict, work and communication, the influence of their families and friends, and how gender and society influence personal relationships."
"Records the personal stories of gay and lesbian youth who are faced with social isolation, rejection by family and peers and the threat of homophobic violence, yet despite the odds are able to make it through and get on with their lives."
"Examines the difficulties facing gay and lesbian teenagers, featuring interviews with administrators at NYC's Metrick-Martin Institute who discuss the physical assaults and verbal abuse directed at young homosexuals by other students and the new counselling and recreational programs available to them. The program also includes interviews with "peer educators" who work with high school students on issues of homophobia."
"Author, counselor, and lecturer Brian McNaught dispels myths about homosexuality. He talks about growing up gay in a straight world and discusses such topics as Bible-based bigotry, stereotypes, transvestism, transsexualism, and AIDS."
For Better or Worse: Same-Sex Marriages in America
"Discusses employment issues that affect gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers through the use of personal interviews. Addresses the pros and cons of "coming out" at work, questions of homophobia, the benefits of employee support groups, the need for domestic partner benefits, and the effect on employee productivity and loyalty when the company addresses gay issues."
"Explores what it is like to be homosexual in a predominately heterosexual society by profiling gays in four different cultural settings. Bridging the profiles are comments from leading medical experts who investigate the evidence that homosexuality is genetically linked."
"Looks at life in homosexual families, with the focus on the well being of children. Investigates three different family situations: one foster, one biological, and one adoptive. Questions are raised about the possible influences on the children, and health professionals discuss these issues."
"Discusses questions regarding gender identity and addresses the moral implications of multisexual orientation. Asks such questions as: is sex the same as gender? Are intersexes mistakes or parts of nature? Do parents have the right to demand reconstructive surgery for their polysex newborns?"
"Documentary examining the Boy Scouts of America policy against gays in the organization. Focuses on Steve Cozza, boy scout and activist against the policy, and relates the stories of others removed from the Boy Scout organization for being gay or for working to have the policy eliminated."
Assault on Gay America: The Life & Death of Billy Jack
"In the telling of the life and death of Billy Jack Gaither, explores the roots of homophobia in America and asks how these attitudes, beliefs and fears contribute to the recent rise in violence against gays."
"A riveting journey into the minds of men whose contempt for homosexuals led them to murder. Videotaped confessions, home and police videos of gay bashings and murder scenes, news reports and graphic evidence from police files are fused together with interviews by the filmaker with seven convicted killers."
Off the Straight & Narrow: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals & Television
"casts a critical eye over the growth of gay images on TV. Leading media scholars provide the historical and cultural context for exploring the social implications of these new representations. Off the Straight & Narrow challenges viewers to consider the value and limits of available gay images: who is represented, what they get to say, and how people respond to them."
"A film biography of Marlon Riggs, the gifted, gay, black filmmaker who produced documentary films addressing issues of identity among Afro-Americans and gays. Clips from his films show how he evolved a unique experimental documentary style, mixing poetry, criticism, the personal and the political. It also documents his long battle against AIDS until his death in 1994 and includes interviews with family, friends, and co-workers."
"A man's teenage daughter chronicles on video the last years of his life. Her courageous journey into understanding the debilitating illness of her parent gives an insight to all youth on AIDS, divorce, homosexuality, and family love."