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Anthem and Affirmations: Two Short Films by Marlon T. Riggs

Anthem: "Marlon Riggs' experimental music video politicizes the homoeroticism of African-American men. With images--sensual, sexual and defiant--and words intended to provoke, Anthem reasserts the 'self-evident right' to life and liberty in an era of pervasive anti-gay, anti-Black backlash and hysterical cultural repression." Affirmations: "An exploration of Black gay male desires and dreams. Affirmations starts with an affectionate, humorous confessional and moves on to a wish for empowerment and incorporation." Anthem / Signifyin' Works (1991, 9 min.) -- Affirmations (1990, 10 min.)

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.

Army of Lovers or the Revolt of the Perverts (Armee der Liebenden Oder Aufstand der Perversen)

In 1978, German gay rights activist filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim documented segments of the American gay liberation movement at the celebration of a San Francisco gay rights march. Among the individuals interviewed are a gay Nazi, porn-film stars, author John Rechy who defends gay male promiscuity, and members of the Gay Activists Alliance, the National Gay Task Force, the Mattachine Society, and the founders of the Daughters of Bilitis. 96 min.

Assume Nothing

Artistic expression of alternatively gendered people's lives reveals a captivating world where gender cannot be defined as simply male or female. This program features New Zealand photographer Rebecca Swan and her images for "Assume Nothing," a book that explores the beauty and complexity of gender identity. Four of Swan's subjects speak candidly about their own gender identities and experiences, focusing on their creative expression as artists. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2009. 80 min.

Ballot Measure 9.

Documentary investigation of events surrounding the 1992 campaign for Oregon's anti-gay ballot initiative. Videocassette release of a film originally produced bythe Oregon Tape Project in 1994. A film by Heather MacDonald. 72 min.

Banlieue Gay

Emir, Mikael, Brahim and Julia discuss the challenges and vexations experienced by gays and lesbians living in Paris. In French without English subtitles. 2005. 54 min.

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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A chronicle of the rise and fall of queer cult photographer Robert Henry Mizer, creator of the popular 1950's magazine Physique Pictorial. A blend of fact and fiction, Beefcake focuses on the 1950's world of male-physique magazines and Mizer's Athletic Model Guild. Written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald. 1999. 93 min.

Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community.

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. Director, Greta Schiller. 1985. 87 min.

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Being Gay: Coming Out in the 21st Century

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 transition by examining the six stages of coming to terms with one's sexual identity. Written, produced & edited by Charlotte Angel and Kyle Boyd. 2003. 25 min.