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LGBTQA Families and Marriage

Anyone and Everyone

Connected by having a son or daughter who is gay, parents across the country discuss their experiences. Individuals from such diverse origins as Japanese, Bolivian, and Cherokee; as well as religions such as Mormon, Catholic, Hindus and others share intimate accounts of how their children revealed that they're homosexual and discuss their responses. The parents also talk about struggling with the pain their sons and daughters have dealt with, such as not being accepted by relatives and/or friends and being ostracized by religious congregations. Directed by Susan Polis Schutz. c2007.

Because This is About Love: A Portrait of Gay and Lesbian Marriage.

Various gay and lesbian couples who chose to publicly commit their love for one another in a wedding ceremony are interviewed. This program is devoted to these articulate couples who celebrate their bond solemnly.c1991. 28 min.
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Chicks in White Satin.

Here comes the bride ... both of them! A student produced Academy Award winning film documenting the formal Jewish wedding of two California women, Heidi Stern and Deborah Ellis, and the reverberations among each of their families. A film by Elaine Holliman. 1993. 25 min.

Daddy & Papa (Story About Gay Fathers in America)

A documentary exploring the personal, cultural, and political impact of gay men who are making the decision to raise children themselves. Through an examination of four gay male families, this documentary traces the critical issues that inevitably intersect their private lives, the ambiguous place of interracial families in America, the precariousness of surrogacy and adoption, the complexities of marriage and divorce within the gay community, and the legality of their own parenthood. Director/producer/writer, Johnny Symons. c2002. 57 min.

De Colores: Lesbian and Gay Latinos: Stories of Strength, Family and Love (Lesbianas y ays Latinos: historias de fuerza, familia y amor)

This documentary examines the struggles of Hispanic gays and lesbians coming out to their parents, especially in a culture that places value on "family tradition" above all else. Through interviews and commentaries, the stories of this largely ignored community are contrasted against similar experiences by Anglo-Americans. Directed by Peter Barbosa & Garrett Lanoir. 2001. 28 min. X3994;

Family Fundamentals

Arthur Dong interviews families where religiously conservative Christian parents oppose homosexuality despite having homosexual children. The film's many highlights include a Christian conference advocating reparative therapy to cure homosexuality, heated Congressional and television debates, and a fundamentalist support group for parents of gay children. 2002. 75 min.

Family Matters. (Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology; 15)

The traditional or nuclear family of the 1950s and 1960s is what most of us think of when asked to define "family." But the idea that there is a typical family is perhaps little more than a myth. This lesson considers the diversity of family forms that exist today and cultural shifts that are changing the definition of "family." You will meet the Scott-Chung family and a lesbian couple who discuss their decision to start a family. 2005. 27 min.

Family Values.

An intensely personal film documentomg lesbian videomaker Pam Walton's attempt to reconcile with her long estranged father. It is also her search for what "family" means to her. Told in the form of a video diary, it shows how the longing for parental acceptance can never be extinguished. 56 min. c1996.

First Comes Love

Wedding preparations and ceremonies of three heterosexual couples, interspersed with written statements on which countries do not allow homosexual marriage, and also the statement that in 1990 Denmark was the first country to legalize homosexual marriage. Uses no spoken words, but instead the words and songs of Janis Joplin, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt and others. A film by by Su Friedrich. 1991. 22 min.

Just Married: The Epic Battle Over Gay Marriage.

This even-handed documentary follows events in Massachusetts after the state supreme court ruled 4 to 3 in favor of allowing same sex marriage. The film follows Ellen Wade and Maureen Brodoff, both attorneys, through the filing of the original lawsuit to their historic wedding, supported along the way by gay and lesbian organizations. It also treats with respect the opposition, whose deeply held convictions mobilize them to political action. 2005. 58 min.

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