This film presents the premiere of the stage adaption of the award winning film, The Play Within, an emotional and issue-focused fictional drama based on the lives of two real people—Matthew Shepard and Tyler Clementi—and their tragic, untimely deaths. After the play, an audience talkback allows for an exploration of this experience. This is followed by a wide-ranging discussion by psychiatrists, social service providers, clergy, and others who illuminate the history, evolution, and current circumstances that face the LGBTQ community.
Gender and sexuality can be fluid, and today transgender issues are altering the nature of day-to-day interactions. What do you do when your seven-year-old son announces that he wants to be a girl? Or your husband of 30 years announces that he wants to be a woman? Broadcasting legend Katie Couric (former co-host of NBC’s Today, CBS Evening News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent) takes us on a unique journey to discover the dynamics and complexities of gender in our world. To better understand this complicated social and scientific issue, Couric crisscrossed the U.S. to talk with scientists, psychologists, surgeons, activists, authors and families to learn more about the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity. She also speaks with a number of ordinary people who find their bodies and their lives on the front line of a rapidly changing world. Examining the role of politics and culture on gender and with conversations that range from the scientifically enlightening to the deeply personal, Couric’s unflinching search for truth sheds light on countless untold stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance, hurt and love.
From producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner (HBO’s Girls), Suited tells the story of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn tailoring company that looks beyond the gender binary, creating custom-made suits for gender non-conforming and transgender clients. Clothier duo Rae Tutera and Daniel Friedman take a holistic approach to their work, considering each client’s personal narrative, which becomes inextricable from the creation of the perfect suit. Among those who share their unique stories are a transgender man preparing for his wedding, a New York City cab driver looking to feel comfortable for a big birthday, a young law student struggling through job interviews, and a 12-year-old trans boy whose bravery is only rivaled by his nervousness about looking good for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. A modern, evolved look at gender through the conduit of clothing, this illuminating documentary elucidates the private and emotional experience that those who struggle with gender identity go through when it comes to fashion. With heart and optimism, Suited spotlights the intimate journey of coming into a new identity, accepting difference, and living bravely in one's own skin, underscoring the important message that one size truly doesn’t fit all. An HBO Production.
Many people confuse the concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity. Gender identity is the term describing your sense of your gender expression – do you identify as male or female or both or neither? Matt and Denise are F to M and M to F persons who are transgendered. They give insight into their transitions and their lives. Cailynn and Chris use “gender queer” and “agendered” to describe themselves. Where do you fit on the gender continuum?
This HBO Films drama tells the dramatic, poignant and often-exasperating story of the early days of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. Directed by Emmy® winner Ryan Murphy (Eat Pray Love, Glee) and written by Larry Kramer (Oscar® nominee for Women in Love), adapting his groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning play of the same name. Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina and Julia Roberts star.
There are any number of self help books that will tell you how to find yourself. But what if truly being yourself involved changing your gender? Would you have the courage to do it? Eleven-year-old Isabelle does. To the world she looked like a young boy. But she knew that she was really a girl. Being Me tells Isabelle’s story and the story of the family, the doctor and ultimately the community that backed her decision to truly be herself. Isabelle’s story is remarkable and inevitably raises many questions for families, doctors and society in general. Along the way, meet other people who've confronted the same feelings and discover that a growing and significant number of children are finding themselves in the same situation.
Artist iO Tillett Wright has photographed 2,000 people who consider themselves somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum and asked many of them: Can you assign a percentage to how gay or straight you are? Most people, it turns out, consider themselves to exist in the gray areas of sexuality, not 100% gay or straight. Which presents a real problem when it comes to discrimination: Where do you draw the line? ("Filmed at TEDxWomen.")
This documentary challenges the viewer to question their notions of what it means to be male or female. By taking us on a journey through the eyes that see the world differently, it explores the diversity that exists within the transgender community, as well as the depth of the transgender experience in day-to-day living.
This program addresses the changes youth undergo as their sexuality and sexual identity develop during adolescence. The first half of the program discusses the complex nature of personal identity, gender, and sexual orientation. The second half looks at ways in which viewers can make informed, responsible choices about sex and examines key elements of healthy relationships like respect and open communication. Ideal for junior to middle high health and guidance studies, the clever animated sequences and engaging, relatable young presenter are well suited for this audience. Above all, the program promotes the acceptance of diversity and highlights the importance of making decisions that are best for your health and well being. (18 minutes)
In a humorous talk with an urgent message, LZ Granderson points out the absurdity in the idea that there's a "gay lifestyle," much less a "gay agenda." CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson is a celebrated voice on sports, race, and gay rights.
This critically acclaimed PBS documentary is an uplifting collection of unique, transformative stories and inspiring personal narratives told through the lens of the country's most prominent LGBT figures and pioneers, as well as many average, yet extraordinary, citizens from gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. The program weaves together diverse stories— from urban and rural America, from the heartland to New England, from San Francisco to Harlem. Deeply moving and often humorous, viewers will get a glimpse of awakenings, first crushes, unlikely soul mates, intimacy, and liberation. While separated by circumstance and upbringing, the film's subjects are all united in their shared experiences of self-discovery, coming out, pride and love as well as a triumph over adversity and a true sense of belonging. Against the backdrop of historical events, each also traces their own hopes, struggles, influences and contributions towards advancements in equality and broad social change. (79 minutes)
Ahmad is a 24-year-old gay man who is comfortable with his sexual identity. Neil is a 55-year-old gay man hoping to overcome a lifetime of hiding who he really is. This program accompanies the two when they return home with the idea of coming out to family members. Though their lifestyles are different, Neil and Ahmad share the same fears and sensitivities as they consider the impact their news will have on loved ones. Ironically, Neil is the one who eventually reveals his sexuality; Ahmad cannot bear the pain he imagines he might inflict. Filmed with respect for the feelings of both the men and those they come out to, the video provides a candid glimpse into a long struggle for acceptance and stands as encouragement to those in a similar place. (45 minutes)
What ultimately determines a person’s gender? Is it chromosomes, hormones, genitals, or an innate sense of self? In this Telly Award–winning program, five transgendered individuals between the ages of 20 and 50 speak openly about what it has meant to them to be transgendered—their first experiences of gender confusion, life after coming out, family responses, and more. Advice for others who may be questioning their own gender is provided, and the process of sexual reassignment surgery is addressed. Contains clinically explicit language. An expanded version of Becoming Me: The Gender Within with graphic operating-room footage of male-to-female and female-to-male SRS performed by Dr. Marci Bowers is included on DVD only. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. (40 minutes)
Inspired by the book of the same name, When I Knew—codirected by filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato—asks one simple question: when did you know that you’re gay? The film opens with Bailey and Barbato describing their own “aha!” moments and then brings together 16 interviewees for an intimate group discussion. Though some of the stories are told with a sense of loss, most are proud affirmations of sexual identity, supporting the conviction that recognizing and embracing one’s sexual orientation is essential to being true to oneself. Illuminating and moving. An HBO Production. (36 minutes)
Staying active is important to America’s elderly, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. This program sheds light on the unique challenges faced by aging members of the LGBT community. Featuring remarkable elders who describe the obstacles, injustices, and victories that have shaped their lives, the film also presents coast-to-coast interviews with gerontologists, social service workers, attorneys, senior strategists from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and a host of other figures. Viewers also learn about the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, yet another window into what it will mean to grow old and gay in America. A viewable/printable educator’s guide is available online. (71 minutes)
The gay, bisexual, and transgender community still struggles to find its place among the rich traditions of Latino culture. This extended documentary examines the lives of seven Latino GBT men and women, offering profound insights into their relationships with family and loved ones while exploring their sexuality in the contexts of culture, religion, and work. This version offers more in-depth material than the 34-minute edition (item #39229) and features a greater number of on-camera participants. Subjects include Gus and Marcelo, a young couple; Oscar, a dancer and choreographer; Gabriela, once a boy, now a woman; Ernesto, an HIV-positive bisexual; and David, a burdened New Yorker. In addition, the film’s host—Dusty, a Panamanian social activist—interweaves these stories with his own wise commentary. (Portions in Spanish with English subtitles, 70 minutes)
As controversy swirls around the issue of same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian couples in North America and abroad are speaking out for the right to marry. Filmed in British Columbia after the legalization of same-sex unions, this program introduces the victorious litigants, who share their views on marriage, religious and political opposition, child adoption, and, most of all, love. Interviews with their families, the lawyer who represented them, and gay rights activist Jane Rule—who takes issue with the institution of marriage—round out the program. (51 minutes)
Nearly everyone who meets 8-year-old Noah agrees—he is a girl in a boy’s body. What challenges, or even dangers, await Noah as he grows up in the American heartland? This program explores the lives of those who do not conform to rigid gender concepts and examines changes in brain science that are shedding light on the gray areas between male and female. In moving and courageous commentary, individuals in the U.S., Suriname, India, and Thailand who have undergone gender transformation, or who have chosen same-sex partners, share their experiences—revealing a wide array of cultural attitudes on this eye-opening journey through psychology, biology, and sociology. An HBO Production. (75 minutes)
Homosexual adolescents often experience bullying and rejection by their peers at school. This program sheds light on homophobia among students through commentary and dramatizations of gay teens at an Australian high school. The video defines homophobia, explains how it arises, and provides examples, giving teachers and students an opportunity to discuss this important issue. A viewable/printable worksheet is available online. (29 minutes)
Today, while gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders are no longer forced to hide their sexual orientation, there is still prejudice and discrimination which can make coming out a difficult decision. And there are always internal pressures as well. 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 important transition by examining the six stages of coming to terms with one’s sexual identity. They also look at the dangers of running away from sexual self-acceptance—such as alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide—and how finding support can greatly assist the process. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Cambridge Educational Production. (25 minutes)