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LGBT Studies: Biographies

Biographies

SIS the Perry Watkins story : gays in the military
Bird- Video cassette 8744

Explores the issue of gays in the military, focusing on the story of Perry Watkins who served fifteen years in the U.S. Army as an openly gay man before being discharged under the provisions banning homosexuals from serving in the Armed Forces. After a long legal battle to get reinstated, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor.

The Female closet
Bird- Video cassette 10743

Explores the life and works of three women artists: Alice Austen, a well-to-do American woman of the Victorian era, who took up photography; Hannah Ho¨ch, a German artist who was part of the Dada movement of the 1920's; and Nicole Eisenman, an American graphic artist of the 1990's. Explores their lesbianism and how each has or has not been able to deal with lesbian themes in their work.

A Conversation with Brian McNaught on being gay
Bird- Video cassette 6126

Author, counselor, and lecturer Brian McNaught dispels myths about homosexuality. He talks about growing up gay in a straight world and discusses such topics as Bible-based bigotry, stereotypes, transvestism, transexualism, and AIDS.

Oscar Wilde spendthrift of genius
Bird- Video Cassette 8572

A portrait of the multi-talented and self-destructive genius that is generously sprinkled with Wilde's infamous bon mots. Includes the only known recording by Wilde of "The Ballad of Reading Gaol."

Allen Ginsberg
Bird- Video cassette 8668

"Allen Ginsberg, one of the most important poets of the Beat Generation ...[reads] from Collected poems:1947-1980, unpublished manuscripts, and songs ... accompanied by Donald Was ... at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California. Mr. Ginsberg was interviewed by poet Lewis MacAdams"--Container.

Wilde
Bird- Video DVD 11009

Notorious poet and playwright Oscar Wilde devours all that life has to offer, but there's only so much that late Victorian England will tolerate. As Wilde delves into a taboo world of unrealized homosexual desire, his life rapidly becomes a turbulent charade. He cannot escape the repercussions wrought by a "pure" society, nor will he hide in shame for being true to his nature.

Hope along the wind the life of Harry Hay
Bird- video cassette 11160

A biographical examination of the life of Harry Hay, labor organizer, Marxist teacher, and founding member of the Mattachine Society, one of the first gay rights organizations in the United States.

Assault on gay America the life and death of Billy Jack
Bird- video cassette 11254

In the telling of the life and death of Billy Jack Gaither, explores the roots of homophobia in America and asks how these attitudes, beliefs and fears contribute to the recent rise in violence against gays.

The Times of Harvey Milk
Bird- Video cassette 5094

Documentary about the life and career of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to political office in California. Through television news footage and interviews, follows him from his early days as a Castro Street businessman to his election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. One year later, Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Dan White, a former San Francisco fireman. Relates these events to the ongoing movement for gay rights in the United States.

Kinsey
Bird - Video DVD 13179
Kinsey is a portrait of a man driven to uncover the most private secrets of the nation, and journey into the mystery of human behavior. His 1948 book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male irrevocably changed American culture.

Kinsey: American Experience
Bird-Video DVD 13906
Kinsey was a scientist whose repressed childhood, personal struggles and obsessive nature would propel him to conduct the first full-scale study of sexual behavior, and break through America’s silence on human sexuality.