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Coming Out Under Fire

Gay men and lesbians who were in the United States military service during World War II discuss their experiences with the response of the military establishment towards their sexual orientation. Producer/director, Arthur Dong. Based on Allan Berube's Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two (New York: Free Press, c1990. (UCB Ed/Psych D769.2 .B46 1990; UCB Main D769.2 .B46 1990; UCB Moffitt D769.2 .B46 1990). 71 min.

Common Threads.

The story of the AIDS Memorial Quilt established by the San Francisco NAMES Project Foundation in 1987 to commemorate the lives lost to AIDS. From the thousands memorialized in the quilt, profiles five individuals--including a recovered IV drug user, a former Olympic decathlon star and a boy with hemophilia--whose stories reflect the diversity and common tragedy of those who have died from AIDS. Celebrates their unique personalities and achievements, interweaving these personal histories with a chronology of the epidemic's development and the negligence of the government.

Congressional Briefing on Homosexuals in the Military with Major Melissa Wells-Petry.

U.S. Army attorney, Major Wells-Petry, discusses the homosexual exclusion policy of the armed services and the legal, social, medical and philosophical basis for that policy. 1993. 60 min.

Consenting Adults.

Presents a study of homosexuality in men and women, using filmed interviews with practicing homosexuals, to provide insight and bases for understanding and discussion. 1969. 40 min.

Cruel and Unusual

Examines the realities faced by transgender women in mens' prisons. Ashley, Linda, Anna, Yolanda and Ophelia describe their experiences including rape, violence, solitary confinement and denial of medical care. Their difficult stories challenge the most basic notions of gender and justice while raising an important question: Is their treatment indeed cruel and unusual -- a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? A documentary film by Janet Baud, Dan Hunt, and Reid Williams. c2006. 60 min.

Cut Sleeve: Lesbians & Gays of Asian/Pacific Ancestry.

Gay and lesbian individuals from Asian and Pacific Island backgrounds discuss their attitudes and experiences as homosexuals. 1991. 24 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.

Daddy and the Muscle Academy: Tom of Finland

A profile of Tom of Finland, Finland's most famous male homosexual artist, noted for his portrayal of muscular homosexual types in various erotic poses. Completed shortly before his death in 1991, this documentary combines interviews with Tom himself, commentary from his "leather men," hundreds of original drawings and steamy fantasy scenes inspired by his work. Special features: Sketch gallery with over 100 Tom of Finland drawings, 40 minutes of extended interview outtakes with Tom. Written & directed by Ilppo Pohjola. 2003. 55 min.

Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World.

Explores the lives of gay and lesbian people in non-Western cultures, where most occurrences of oppression receive no media coverage at all. 2005. 60 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;