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LGBT Studies: LGBT Rights

LGBT Rights

Anders als die Anderen (Different from the Others)
Bird-Video DVD 13180

A prosperous man encounters a sleazy blackmailer who discovers that he is gay. Released in 1919, this film is an amazingly frank depiction of a homosexual relationship. Banned at the time of its release, later burned by the Nazis, the film was believed lost for more than forty years.  Silent with English subtitles.

Before Stonewall the making of a gay and lesbian community
Bird- Video cassette 5892

A social history of homosexuals in America from the 1920s to 1969, showing how this group has moved from a secret shame to the status of a publicly viable minority group. Tells how a group consciousness coalesced after the 1969 police raid on Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, and the three-day riot that followed gained them national publicity and the birth of the gay movement.

For love and for life the 1987 march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights.
Bird- Video cassette 5896

Documents the Oct. 11, 1987 march for freedom, justice and life by a half million lesbians and gay men.

The Question of equality series
Bird- Video cassette 7305

Library has: pt.1-pt.4
Using archival footage and interviews, this video set documents the hard-fought gains and heartbreaking losses in the struggle for gay and lesbian equality.

Stonewall 25 global voices of pride and protest
Bird- Video cassette 6851

A celebration of 25 years of gay and lesbian history including a visit to the sight of the Stonewall gay bar and footage from the Gay Games.

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.

Gay bashing or self-defense? Three marines on trial.
Law Library - Videotape KF224.C68 H86 1993

Trial of three marines accused of beating men at a gay bar in North Carolina.

Oral arguments before the New York State Court of Appeals Braschi v. Stahl
Law Library - Videotape KFN 5146 .A7 B73 1989

"Rent control - is gay life-partner of deceased tenant entitled to apartment after tenants death?" Braschi has not demonstrated that, as the surviving gay life-partner of the deceased tenant, he is a member of the decedent's family for the purposes of section 2204.6 (d) of the State's rent-control regulations and has a right to succeed to the decedent's rent-controlled apartment. Case Argued April 26, 1989; decided July 6, 1989.

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.

The Laramie project
Bird- Video DVD 11727

In October 1998, 21 year-old Matthew Shepard was found savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming. This film is a dramatization of a town forced to confront itself in the reflective glare of the national spotlight, responding with love, anger, sympathy, support, and defiance.

Out at work a documentary
Law Library - Videotape HD6285.5.U6 A5 1996

Documents the lives of three gay workers from 1991 to 1996. One is a lesbian who became politically active after being fired from Cracker Barrel restaurant in Georgia. One is a gay man who worked with his union to fight harassment in an auto factory in Detroit. One is a New York Public Library employee who sought health benefits for his partner.