Pride Month Featured Films

Posted: June 20, 2016 at 2:59 pm, Last Updated: June 20, 2016 at 4:23 pm

This year President Obama proclaimed that June is LGBTQ Pride Month. This follows last year’s historic ruling legalizing marriage equality and the recent legalization of adoption for same-sex couples. Below is a selection of films available in the University Libraries’ collection that depict issues that have historically affected the LGBTQ community and continue to do so today. If you have suggestions for what other titles you would like to see the Libraries purchase, please send a note to the Media Librarian.

Breaking Through (2014)

“Breaking Through focuses on the personal and political lives of more than two dozen LGBT elected officials in a diverse range of positions and regions all across the United States. ” (Michael Mungrin, Film Review: Breaking Through.)

Carol (2014)

Carol addresses historical challenges with which lesbian women in the 1950s were often confronted. The release of Carol garnered a lot of media attention and award nominations.

Children of God (2010)

“Two young men from the Bahamas fall in love with each other, but they face widespread homophobia in the Bahamian society.” IMDb.com

I Am (2011)

A lesbian filmmaker returns to India to address the loss of her mother.

The New Black (2013)

This film addresses issues surrounding the black community and homophobia. The New Black was previously screened on campus as part of the Visiting Filmmakers Series.

The Normal Heart (2014)

This drama, set in the early days of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City, covers the fight shared by gay activists and the medical community to share the truth about the epidemic with the rest of the country.

Pride (2014)

Pride is a lighthearted film that focuses on how LGBTQ people impacted the strike of National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Two Spirits (2009)

This film explores both Fred Martinez’s life as a nádleehí teenager, his murder, and the topic of gender within Native American cultures. Two years ago for Pride Week, the University Libraries sponsored a screening of Two Spirits.

 

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