Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Celebrate LGBT Pride With These 5 Streaming Videos

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Pride Month is celebrated every June in part to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the U.S. Now a nationwide series of events--parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, concerts, and more--that attracts millions, LGBT Month evolved from Gay Pride Day and features memorials for LGBT souls lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. Wikipedia

The TWU Libraries present 5 videos from Celebrate LGBT Pride, a special collection of Kanopy Videostreamingan online video collection of films, educational documentaries, interviews, and short video series accessible via the libraries' Databases A-Z List with your Portal username and password. Need help? Please ask.

BEAR NATION (2014, 78 min)
While the LGBT community has long struggled with stereotyping by outsiders, gay men also have to deal with widely-held beliefs of their peers that they're supposed to fit a certain image--stylish, carefully groomed, trim, and to a certain degree effeminate. But not all gay men fit this profile, which has led in part to the rise of Bears--gay men who are stocky, hirsute, outwardly masculine and proud of it. As gay culture has become more mainstream, Bears have come out of the closet (or the woods) and are now one of the more visible and active subcultures within the LGBT community. In this award-winning documentary, filmmaker Malcolm Ingram takes you on a fascinating journey inside this fast-growing segment of the gay community helping to redefine what it looks like to be gay. Kanopy Videostreaming      

BUBBEH LEE & ME (2014, 35 min)
This Emmy-nominated documentary is a hilarious portrait of an extraordinary, ordinary grandmother, and a touching account of her grandson's search for his place in the world. Whether taking daily excursions to the grocery store to return under-ripe produce or sharing hard-won wisdom over blintzes on Rosh Hashanah, Lee Abrahams is a woman who lives life on her own terms. For her grandson, a young gay man born to a Jewish mother and a Protestant father, 87-year old Bubbeh Lee is a vital link to self and cultural identity, and to unconditional love and acceptance. As the two relate feelings of love lost and hidden; kibbitz about strategies for shopping; and avoid meddling matchmakers, the strength of their bond emerges. A spirited reflection on aging, identity, alienation, and acceptance, this already-classic film examines the legacies passed through generations, and shows that the journey of self-discovery can begin at any age. Kanopy Videostreaming

DADDY & PAPA (2015, 58 min)
Daddy & Papa is a one-hour documentary video that opens a candid window on the personal, cultural, and political implications of gay fatherhood. From surrogacy, foster care, and interracial adoption to the complexities of gay divorce and the legal battles surrounding gay parenting, Daddy & Papa presents a revealing look at some of the gay fathers who are breaking new ground in the ever-changing landscape of the American family. This film utilizes an accessible, first-person narrative to create an intimate portrayal of gay dads, following the filmmaker and his partner on their rocky and sometimes amusing journey to parenthood. Along the way, we meet other gay dads: a single father confronting the isolation of raising at-risk kids in a gay and largely childless neighborhood; a healthcare worker battling Florida state law to adopt the child who for five years has called him Dad; and a couple and their nine-year-old daughter, whose biggest problem is not that her parents are gay but that they are divorced. Daddy & Papa takes an unflinching look . . . at the effect of sexual orientation on children; the challenge of white gay men raising African-American kids; the changing relationship of gay fathers to the gay community; and the real impact on children of being raised without a mother. In the process, it reveals a new picture of what it means to be a family. Kanopy Videostreaming

IN OTHER WORDS (2014, 27 min)
Name calling and cruel language hurt, say the teens who speak in this documentary video. Homophobic language is a common verbal putdown among young people, but many adults feel uncomfortable responding. In Other Words speaks directly to teens and offers a valuable tool to teachers, counselors, and community youth leaders who want to explore the homophobic language heard in schools and other youth hangouts--the words themselves, their origins, how young people feel about them, and how to overcome the hurt and anger they cause. Moving interviews with gay, lesbian, and transgender teens provide firsthand accounts. Weaving together slang, music, media, images, and dictionary definitions, the film examines how language shapes attitude. The video is designed to foster change and to ensure that schools are safe places where youth can learn in a climate of respect. Kanopy Videostreaming

Visible Silence is a rare glimpse into the unspoken lives of Thai toms, dees, and lesbians striving for recognition, authenticity, and acceptance in a traditional Buddhist society. It is an intimate story of self and family, love and sexuality, and self-determination where conformity is prized. The film highlights the experience of masculine women (toms) who visibly transgress gender norms, yet are bound to remain silent about who they really are. Visible Silence gives voice to their unspoken truths. Kanopy Videostreaming

~Jimmy Lyn Harris

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