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Video Resources: LGBT

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Video Collection

This collection features documentaries and films selected by the staff of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Services. These titles are specifically chosen which serve the LGBT mission of "provides support and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, staff and faculty at UofL. The office also offers education and awareness on LGBT issues to the wider UofL community to address hetero-sexism and homophobia and create a safe campus climate for LGBT students, staff and faculty and their allies."

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994) ~ dir. Stephen Elliott
With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Tick, Adam and Ralph each has his own reason for wanting to leave the safety of Sydney. Christening their battered, pink tour bus "Priscilla," this wickedly funny and high-drama trio heads for the outback and into crazy adventures in even crazier outfits.

Bent (2003) ~ dir. Sean Mathias
Pursued and captured by the Nazis because he is gay, Max is placed in a concentration camp where he pretends to be Jewish to avoid even worse persecution. There he meets another gay prisoner and learns a life-altering lesson about human love.

Boys don't cry (2000) ~ dir. Kimberly Pierce
A transgendered youth starts living as a man, and assumes the name Brandon Teena. He moves to a tiny Nebraska town and begins making new friends under his new identity. All goes well until his new friends discover his secret. Based on a true story about hope, fear, and the courage it takes to be yourself.

Claire of the moon (2002) ~ dir. Nicole Conn
Two women meet and share a cabin at a women's writer retreat. One is the author of a controversial study on sexual behavior and the other is a satirist, and while they maintain their philosophical differences they can't deny their attraction to each other.

For the Bible tells me so (2007) ~ dir. Daniel Karslake
Brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and reveals that religious anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a misinterpretation of the Bible. Through the experiences of five very normal, Christian, American families - including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson - discover how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member.

Gods and monsters (2003) ~ dir. Bill Condon
It's 1957, and Hollywood horror director James Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The invisible man" is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images from his past. When his dour housekeeper Hannah hires handsome young gardener Clayton Boone, the gay director and the simple yardman develop an unlikely friendship.

If these walls could talk 2 (2000) ~ dirs. Jane Anderson, Martha Coolidge, Anne Heche
Dramatizes the lesbian experience in America in three different decades. "1961" features Redgrave as an older lesbian who is left out of the decision-making process in the wake of her partner's sudden death. "1972" looks at the lesbian role in the feminist movement of the 1970s through the eyes of a college-age couple. "2000" features DeGeneres and Stone as a lesbian couple trying to conceive a child.

Latter Days (2003) ~ dir. C. Jay Cox
The handsome Aaron, a Mormon missionary, travels door-to-door in Los Angeles spreading the word of his religion. Christian, a cute West Hollywood party boy, goes from man-to-man without much commitment. Opposites soon attract when Aaron and Christian meet, and sparks begin to fly.

Longtime companion (1995) ~ dir. Norman René
Drama concerning the AIDS crisis which focuses on a small group of friends from the time they first read about AIDS in the New York Times through the 1980's as they face the impact of the disease on themselves and their friends.

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) ~ dir. Stephen Frears
Set in the Pakistani community in south London, the film focuses on two youths-- Johnny, a working-class white, and Omar, a Pakistani. Together they operate a laundrette, which Omar inherits from his uncle. While Johnny looks upon the laundrette as a life line on which to salvage his self-respect, Omar sees it as just the beginning step on the road to riches.

Out of the Past (1997) ~ dir. Jeff Dupre
The struggles and triumphs of civil rights activists and their stories are profiled in this powerful film. A 1998 Sundance Film Festival Winner.

Tongues Untied (1989) ~ dir. Marlon Riggs
In an experimental amalgam of rap music, street poetry, documentary film, and dance, a gay African-American man expresses what it is like to be gay and black in the United States.

Torch Song Trilogy (1988) ~ dir. Paul Bogart
A gay man in New York searches for love, respect, and tradition in a world that seems not especially made for him.

Transamerica (2005) ~ dir. Duncan Tucker
A conservative pre-operative trans-sexual learns that she fathered a child years earlier.

When Night is Falling (1995) ~ dir. Patricia Rozema
Camille must choose between her fiance, Martin, a fellow theologian, and her new love, Petra, a flamboyant and daring circus performer.