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Book Lists: Diversity

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LGBTQIA+

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The Watermelon Woman

Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty, nimble landmark of New Queer Cinema. A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker, Cheryl becomes obsessed with the "most beautiful mammy," a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Determined… 

 

Gen Silent - Discrimination against LGBT Seniors

The generation that fought hardest to come out of the closet is going back in to survive. What would you do if you were old, disabled or ill - and the person feeding you put down the spoon and said… 

 

Word is Out

In 1978, this documentary startled audiences across the country for presenting lesbian and gay identities through a genuinely queer lens. Oscar-winning filmmaker Rob Epstein joined with Nancy Adair and Andrew Brown to interview dozens of gay men and women about… 

 

Bad Hair - Pelo Malo

A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale. Junior is a beautiful boy, with big brown eyes, a delicate frame, and… 

 

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP - The Grassroots Movement to End the AIDS Crisis

An inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the… 

 

Love is the Devil - A Portrait of Francis Bacon

Love is the Devil is John Maybury's unflinching portrait of painter Francis Bacon (Derek Jacobi) and his tumultuous love affair with small-time crook George Dyer (Daniel Craig). Bacon is at the height of his fame in the 1960's when the… 

 

Sex(Ed): How Did You Learn About Sex?

Did you learn about sex in school? An awkward conversation with Mom or Dad? A magazine or TV show? An on line search? Or from a Friend? Sex(ed): The Movie offers a revealing, hilarious, and occasionally awkward look at how… 

 

Bollywood Beats

Raj is a down-on-his-luck dancer who is fighting to hold his life together. After starting up a dance class, he finds new hope with his students but soon must choose between them and a chance of a lifetime. 

 

We Were Here - The AIDS Years in San Francisco

An intimate, yet epic history of the AIDS years in San Francisco, as told through the stories of five longtime San Franciscans. The film documents the coming of what was called the "Gay Plague" in the early 1980s. It illuminates… 

 

Mosquita & Mari

This exquisitely crafted coming of age tale follows a pair of Latina teens who fall gradually in love against the backdrop of Southeast Los Angeles. When straight A student Yolanda -- aka Mosquita (Fenessa Pineda) decides to help struggling tough… 

 

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart - The Life and Work of a Treasured American Playwright

Part 1 of the Series: California Newsreel Essential Collection This documentary sheds valuable light on all aspects of Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun , including the daunting challenge of securing investment and a venue for this production about a working class Black family, the casting process,… 

 

Stonewall Uprising

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era when homosexual sex was illegal in every state but Illinois....

 

The Living End

Gregg Araki's acclaimed Outlaw Couple romance has been totally revamped in THE LIVING END. This take-no-prisoners story of two HIV-positive lovers on the run in 90's America is even more powerful and politically charged than ever. Nominated for a Grand… 

 

Wild Combination - A Portrait of Musician Arthur Russell

Director Matt Wolf's ( Teenage ) critically acclaimed documentary examines the life and work of Arthur Russell, an influential singer, songwriter, cello player and disco auteur who died tragically in 1992. Nominated for Best Documentary at the Berlin International Film… 

 

Almost Adults

This comedy feature follows two best friends in their final year of college while they transition into adulthood. One embraces her sexuality and tries to catch up on everything she has missed during her teenage years, while the other ends… 

 

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