Joan E. Biren (JEB)'s No Secret Anymore: The Life and Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon (2003) adoringly chronicles the lives and activist careers of Del Martin (1921-2008) and Phyllis Lyon (b. 1924), one of the most influential and iconic lesbian couples of the twentieth century. Though it is skimpy on the details of some of the controversies surrounding its subjects' activism, this well-made documentary is a fitting tribute to the career of a couple whose lives and activism are unparalleled in the history of the movement for lesbian and gay civil rights.
Marlon Riggs' classic film Tongues Untied (1989) combines performance, poetry, dance, music, documentary film clips, and even voguing to create a video mashup that expresses the fears, frustrations, rage, and hope experienced by African-American gay men during a unique and pivotal period in African-American gay history. According to reviewer Wik Wikholm, the film succeeds as both an energetic piece of video performance art and as a hopeful manifesto.
Transgender people who need hormones or other treatments associated with their gender identities must ordinarily be diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder (GID) before doctors will provide appropriate care. Diagnosing Difference (2010) presents the problems transgender people experience with the stigma of GID, the impact it has on their lives, and a variety of opinions about what should be done to address it. The exceptionally engaging and well-made video is an excellent introduction to the medical challenges facing the transgender community.
Subjects from androgyny to bicycles, dildoes, Hercules, and vampires have revealed much about sexual and gender identities throughout history. The 22 articles listed in this spotlight describe the enormous and sometimes surprising variety of ways in which specific artistic subjects have been significant for people with variant sexual and gender identities.
Anger Me (2006) is a biographical film about influential gay underground filmmaker and independent film distribution pioneer Kenneth Anger (b. 1927). The film consists largely of a long interview with the auteur in which he says he finds his muse in the occult, especially the work of bisexual mystic Aleister Crowley (1875-1947). Though its talking-head format and Anger's reticence about his private life limit the video's audience appeal, Anger Me is a useful introduction to Anger's work.
In this review-essay on Obama and the Gays by Tracy Baim, glbtq General Editor Claude J. Summers retraces the history of the Obama administration's relationship with the glbtq community through November 2010. During his campaign, President Obama made many promises to glbtq voters, but few have been kept.
Artistic Dance, including Ballet, has proven to be a haven for glbtq people, who have made significant contributions in almost every area, including choreography, performance, and teaching. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual dancers have also had an impact on popular dance forms from ice dancing to Musical Theater. This spotlight celebrates the lives and careers of more than twenty glbtq dancers.
This short, professionally produced video features patients and medical professionals who span the breadth of the trans spectrum. Stories of personal encounters with an often unsympathetic medical system are complemented by a series of simple, concrete recommendations for improvements. Since most of the difficulties trans people face in medical environments match those they face in society at large, this compelling video is a good fit for any audience interested in learning about the challenges trans people face and supporting them in their struggle to make things better.
Romantic friendship, an intimate and sometimes sexual relationship between same-sex friends, has long been celebrated in literature.
Before the advent of the twentieth century, romantic friendships between women were largely perceived as normal and socially acceptable. Though male romantic friendships have not been as widely approved of, literary works from ancient epics, to elegies, to modern war movies celebrate intimate relationships between men.