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Thank God I'm a Lesbian.

A documentary about the diversity of lesbian identities. A series of frank and articulate discussions about issues ranging from coming out, racism, bisexuality, and SM, to the evolution of the feminist and lesbian movements, outing, and compulsory heterosexuality. 1992. 55 min.

That Man

Traces Peter Berlin's story from his childhood in wartime Germany to his current life in San Francisco. A talented artists, photographer, and filmmaker, Peter Berlin was his own biggest creation, a carefully constructed, unattainable icon awash in eroticism. Directed by Jim Tushinski. 2006. 80 min.

That's a Family!

This fresh look at the changing American family breaks new ground and lets children lead the way in preventing prejudice and embracing diversity. Here American children describe their own families and explain concepts like "birth mom", "mixed race", "gay and lesbian", and "stepdad." c2000. 35 min.

The Aggressives

Features intimate interviews with 6 transgendered lesbians (5 African American, 1 Asian) living in New York City who define themselves as "aggressives." They exhibit masculine appearances and behaviors, but do not aspire to be men. Shows their daily lives and their participation in the underground lesbian "ball" scene, where cross-dressers compete for trophies. Directed and produced by Daniel Peddle. 2005. 73 min.

The Blank Point: What Is Transsexualism?

Examines the widely misunderstood nature of transsexuals--people who psychologically identify with the opposite sex and who sometimes decide to undergo sex reassignment surgery--and offers meaningful insights into this rare condition. The program focuses on two male-to-female transsexuals and one female-to-male transsexual. The subjects candidly discuss their old identities, the transition to their new lives and the scientific and psychological process that enables them to change genders. c1990. 58 min.

The Brandon Teena Story

Documentary film about Brandon Teena, who arrived in rural Falls City, Nebraska, in 1993 where his charm won him several friends in town. But on Christmas Eve Brandon was brutally raped and beaten, and then, a week later, murdered along with two other people, when his friends became enraged when they discovered that he was actually a woman. This is a tale of Brandon's coming of age struggle with identity and how his gender ambiguity induced feelings of betrayal, confusion and hostility among residents of a town in America's heartland. A film by Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir. 1998.

The Castro. (Neighborhoods, The Hidden Cities of San Francisco)

Chronicles the history of the Castro district from a working class neighborhood to the center of gay and lesbian life in San Francisco. Written and directed by Peter L. Stein. 1997.

The Celluloid Closet.

Footage from over 120 films shows the changing face of homosexuality (both male and female) in the movies from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist triumphs of the 1990s. Many noted actors, writers and commentators provide funny and insightful anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians in the movies. Based on: Celluloid closet / Vito Russo (UCB Main PN1995.9.H55 R8 1987; UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.H55 R8 1987) 102 min. ;

The Cockettes.

This engaging tribute looks at the rise and fall of a San Francisco theatrical troupe called The Cockettes between the years 1969 and 1972. The sensation of the hippie movement in San Francisco, they were described as "hippie and freak drag queens," people who were allowed to live at the end of their imaginations. Uses interviews and vintage footage to revisit this lost corner of recent cultural history. A film by David Weissman & Bill Weber. 2001. 100 min.

The Contemporary Lesbian: Beyond Stereotypes (KPFK, 26 Oct. 1971)

Examination of the changing views of lesbianism. Produced by Sheri Tyler. Presented by Women's Theater of Los Angeles. Includes reenactments including a lesbian on the couch, and a live discussion with participants from the Lesbian Feminists. Includes discussion of the belief by many psychologists that homosexuality is sick and perverted and the belief that lesbians are threats. Continues with readings about women meeting each other and sharing good times. (50:00) Musical interlude. Blood Man" reading about a male seducer then more female seduction songs and readings complete the program.