The confrontations between police and demonstrators at the Stonewall Inn in New York City the weekend of June 27-29, 1969 mark the beginning of the modern glbtq movement for equal rights.
Formed soon after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the short-lived but influential Gay Liberation Front brought a new militancy to the movement that became known as gay liberation.
The sexual revolution of post-World War II America changed sexual and gender roles profoundly.
"Leather" is a blanket term for a large array of sexual preferences, identities, relationship structures, and social organizations loosely tied together by the thread of what is conventionally understood as sadomasochistic sex.
Although best known for her crusade for women's suffrage, Susan B. Anthony spoke out on a range of feminist issues.
With reports from hundreds of sub-Saharan African locales of male-male sexual relations and from about fifty of female-female sexual relations, it is clear that same-sex sexual relations existed in traditional African societies, though varying in forms and in the degree of public acceptance
Androgyny, a psychological blending of gender traits, has long been embraced by strong women, soft men, members of queer communities, and others who do not easily fit into traditionally defined gender categories.
A cultural crossroads between Asia and Europe, Russia has a long, rich, and often violent heritage of varied influences and stark confrontations in regard to its patterns of same-sex love.
Film still from one of five film trailers featured in this post.
The British Film Institute's 26th annual Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, which opens March 23, 2012 and runs through April 1, features a number of eagerly anticipated films from around the world. Among them are documentaries about Bishop Eugene Robinson, the ex-gay movement, and writer W. Somerset Maugham, as well as a coming of age story about a lesbian living in Brooklyn and a comedy drama featuring Academy Award-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker.
Macky Alston's Love Free or Die offers an intimate portrait of Bishop Eugene Robinson, whose ordination as the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003 roiled the Anglican Communion. The film explores his problematic relationship to the Church with an account of his life as husband, father, priest, and activist for full acceptance of glbtq people in the Church.
Memphis filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox's This Is What Love In Action Looks Like documents the plight of a Memphis teenager forced into the church-based "gay de-programming" institution known as Love in Action and the surprising evolution of the institution's director.
Revealing Mr. Maugham, directed by Michael House, explores the life and work of the British author.
Dee Rees' acclaimed debut film, Pariah, focuses on a Brooklyn teenager whose identity and life choices reach crisis point during her final year of high school.
Thom Fitzgerald's Cloudburst, featuring Dukakis and Fricker as septuagenarian lovers is a road movie in which the elderly lesbians are accompanied by an unlikely ally as they leave their hometown in Maine for refuge in Nova Scotia.
Here is a video clip about Love Free or Die.
Here is a trailer for This Is What Love In Action Looks Like.
Here is a trailer for Revealing Mr. Maugham.
Here is a trailer for Pariah.
Here is a clip from Cloudburst.
To learn more about the British Film Institute and the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, visit the BFI website.