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Williams Institute Reading Room: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resources in Law and Public Policy: LGBT African Americans

A guide to resources in the Williams Institute Reading Room, part of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law.



*Available for use only by UCLA Law School students, faculty and staff; please request films at the Circulation Desk. 

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart. Tracy Heather Strain (California Newsreel, 2017). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website.

Same Difference. Nneka Onuorah, Women Make Movies, 2015). Film information; Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). "Gender roles in the Black lesbian community."

Out in the Night. Blair Dorosh-Walther (The Fire This Time, 2014). DVD F128.9.N4 O87 2014; Film information

The New Black.  Yoruba Richen (Promised Land Film, 2013). DVD HQ76.27.A37 N48 2013; *Film web site; also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). "LGBT rights in African American communities."

Bayou Maharajah. Lily Keber (2013). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website. Biographical documentary about the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker.

Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100. Yvonne Welbon (Our Film Works, 2012). DVD HQ75.4.E45 L58 2012; Film information

Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project. Charles Bennett Brack, Sam Castrillo (Third World Newsreel, 2008). DVD HV6250.4.H66 D74 2008; *Film information

Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin.  Nancy Kates, Bennett Singer (ITS/National Black Programming Consortium; California Newsreel, 2002). Streaming via Alexander Street and Kanopy (UCLA only, both). Film website

I shall not be removed: the life of Marlon Riggs. Deborah Hoffman. (California Newsreel, 1996) PN1998.3.R55 I85 1996 Videocassette

All God's Children. Dr. Dee Mosbacher & Frances Reid and Dr. Sylvia Rhue. Included on Unlearning homophobia series (WomanVision, 1996)  DVD HQ76.8.U5 U55 2004

A Litany for Survival: the Life and Work of Audre Lorde. Ada Gay Griffin & Michelle Parkerson. (Third World Newsreel, 1996)  DVD PS3562.O75 Z655 2006

Tongues Untied. Marlon Riggs (California Newsreel, 1989). Streaming via Alexander Street and Kanopy (both UCLA only).  "Giving a Voice to Black Gay Men."  *Film information.


LGBT African Americans, 2020 -

LGBT African Americans, 2010 - 2019

LGBT African Americans, 1980 - 2009

Williams Policy Studies

LGBT African-Americans and African-American Same-sex Couples. Angeliki Kastanis & Gary J. Gates.  (The Williams Institute, 2013)  HQ76.3.U5 K32 2013 *Available online.

California's Black LGB Population. Christopher Ramos & Gary J. Gates.  (The Williams Institute, 2008) HQ76.3.U52 C354 *Available online.

Black same-sex couples in California: data from Census 2000. Gary Gates & R. Bradley Sears (Williams Project, 2005). KF4757.5 .P65 2005c  *Available online.

Other Surveys & Reports

Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud: Black pride survey 2000. Juan Battle, et al. (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 2003). *Online Access (archived).