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Williams Institute Reading Room: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resources in Law and Public Policy: 3. Films S-Z

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.

Films S-Z

The Salt Mines. Susana Aikin, Carlos Aparicio (Frameline, 1990). "Latina transwomen in New York." Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only);  film information.

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

Same-Sex Marriage: A Civil Debate. (Gill Foundation, 2004). DVD-ROM HQ1034.U5 S24 2004a; A debate between Evan Wolfson of the Gill Foundation and Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family presenting arguments both for and against same-sex marriage.

Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria. Victor Silverman & Susan Stryker. (Independent Television Service, Frameline, 2005). DVD HQ76.3.U52 S266 2005.  Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). San Francisco, 1966; three years before Stonewall.

7 years. Bram Vergeer. (Mzungu Films, Frameline, 2007). DVD HQ76.3.K4 A17 2007; Film information (gays and lesbians in Kenya).

Sex and HIV in Correctional Facilities: Legal and Public Health Perspectives. (Williams Project, 2002). Videocassette HV8843 .S49 2002.

Sextalk: Censorship of LGBT sexuality in HIV Prevention Messages. (Williams Project, 2004). LB3418.A35 S49 2004.

A Simple Matter of Justice: The 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. JEB (Joan E. Biren) (Frameline, 1993) DVD HQ76.8.U5 S58 1993; Film information. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

A Sinner in Mecca. Parvez Sharma (Kino Lorber, 2015). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website

Southern Comfort. Kate Davis (New Video Group, 2003). DVD HQ1075 .S68 2003; Film information.

Southwest of Salem. Deborah S. Esquenazi (FilmRise, 2016). Film website; Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). "Lesbian Latinas fight for justice."  Story of the San Antonio Four.

Stonewall. Nigel Finch (Fox Lorber Films, 1999). Videocassette PN1997 .S8477 1999.

Stonewall Uprising. Kate Davis & David Heilbroner (PBS, 2005). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website.

Straightlaced: How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up. Debra Chasnoff (New Day Films, 2009). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website.

The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato (HBO Documentary Films, 2011).  Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film information.  A history of the U.S. military's ban on gays and lesbians. 

Struggle for Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption, and a Conversation 10 Years Later: Taking Race Seriously. (PhotoSynthesis Productions, 2007). DVD HV875.64 .S77 2007.

Suited. Jason Benjamin (HBO Documentary Films, 2016). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film information.  "A custom-suit company in NYC helping LGBTQ clients embrace their identities."

Swimming with Lesbians. David B. Marshall (Frameline, 2009) DVD HQ75.5 .S95 2009; Film website. Lesbian activist Madeline Davis and the efforts of an upstate New York community to create an LGBT historic archive.  Also streaming via Alexander Street (UCLA only).

Tal Como Somos (Just as we are.) Judith McCray, Heidi Zersen (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2008). DVD HQ76.3.U5 T35 2008; Film information. Documentary about GBT Latinos.

Tales of the Waria. Kathy Huang (ITVS, 2011). DVD HQ77.95.I5 T35 2011; Official website; also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).  "Indonesian transgender love stories."

Ten More Good Years. Michael Jacoby (LookOut Films, 2008). DVD HQ76.27.O44 T46 2008; Film trailer. LGBT seniors.  Also streaming via Alexander Street (UCLA only).

Threshold. Coraci Ruiz (Video Project, 2021). DVD Collection HQ18.55 .T47 2021; Film informationAn autobiographical documentary of a mother following the process of her teenager's gender identity journey (Brazil). 

Through Thick & Thin. Sebastian Cordoba (Seventh Art Releasing, 2007). DVD KF539 .T47 2007; Film information. "The immigration struggle of gay and lesbian couples in America."

The Times of Harvey Milk. Rob Epstein (20th anniversary collector's ed., New Yorker Video, 2004; originally released in 1984). DVD HQ76.8.U5 T56 2004; film information. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only.)

To Be Takei. Jennifer M. Kroot (Frameline, 2015). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website.  Documentary about actor and activist George Takei.

To My Women Friends. Natalja Sharandak, Olga Zhuk (Frameline, 2005) (originally produced in 1993) DVD HQ76.8.R8 T6 2005.  Documentary; interviews with six Russian lesbians.  Also streaming via Alexander Street (UCLA only).

Toilet Training: Law and Order (in the Bathroom). Tara Mateik (Sylvia Rivera Law Project, 2003). DVD HQ1075 .T65 2003; Film information.

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

Training Rules: No Drugs, No Drinking, No Lesbians. Dee Mosbacher, Fawn Yacker (Wolfe Video, 2009). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website. "Discrimination on the basketball team at Pennsylvania State University."

Trans. Chris Arnold (SexSmartFilms, 2012). Documentary profiling transgender individuals and their stories. Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website

Translatina. Directed by Felipe Degregori; translated by Ricardo Delgado; subtitled by Ivan D'Onadio (Buenletra Producciones, 2010). [In Spanish.] DVD HQ77.95.P4 T73 2010; Film information.

Transparent. Jules Rosskam (Frameline, 2005)  DVD HQ73.63.U5 .T73 2005; Film information. Trans men giving birth and becoming parents. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story.  Dream Hampton (Frameline, 2015) DVD HQ77.96 .T74 2015; film information. Documentary about the murder of young African American transwoman Shelly "Treasure" Hillard.  Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

Trembling Before G-d. Sandi Simcha Dubowski (New Yorker Video, 2003). DVD-ROM HQ75.15 .T74 2003; film trailer.  Gay and lesbian Orthodox and Hasidic Jews.

The Troubles in Zolokere. Cy Kuckenbaker (Cysfilm, 2006). DVD RA643.86.M3 T76 2006; film trailer.  HIV/AIDS crisis in small village in Malawi.

20 Straws: Growing Up Gay. Youth Video OUTreach (Kunaki, 2007). DVD HQ76.27.Y68 A25 2007.

Two Spirits. Lydia Nibley (Say Yes Quickly Productions, Cinema Guild, 2009). DVD E99.N3 T96 2009; Official website. The murder of Fred Martinez and Native American two spirit history.

Two Spirits. Ruth Fertig (Frameline, 2007) DVD E90.C75 A3 2007; available online. Also streaming via Alexander Street (UCLA only).  Documentary featuring Joey Criddle, a Native American two spirit man. 

Tying the Knot. Jim De Sève (New Video Group, 2005). DVD HQ1034.U5 T95 2005. The U.S. battle over equal marriage rights.

Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land. Michael Lucas (Breaking Glass Pictures, 2012). Streaming via Kanopy and Alexander Street (UCLA only); film trailer

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.  Jim Hubbard; produced by Jim Hubbard & Sarah Schulman (2012). DVD RA643.83 .U55 2012; Official website. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).         

Unlearning Homophobia Series. (Compilation; includes Straight From the Heart, All God's Children, and De Colores: Lesbian and Gay Latinos: Stories of Strength, Family & Love.) (WomanVision, 2004). DVD HQ76.8.U5 U55 2004; Film information.

Vito. Jeffrey Schwarz (First Run Features, 2011). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film trailer.  The life of gay-rights activist Vito Russo. 

We Are Dad. Michel Horvat (Indie-Pictures, 2006). DVD HV875.72.U6 W43 2006; film trailer. Gay foster parents in Florida.

We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco. David Weissman, Bill Weber (New Video, 2012) DVD PN1995.9.A435 W49 2012; Film website; also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

Women on the Land: Creating Conscious Community. Laurie York & Carmen Goodyear (Mendocino Coast Films, 2012) DVD HD6077.C2 W664 2012; Film website.

Word Is Out: Stories of Some of our Lives. Mariposa Film Group (Milliarium Zero, 2010) DVD HQ76.3.U5 W673 2010; Official website. "26 gay Americans."

The Year We Thought About Love. Ellen Brodsky (New Day Films, 2014; Kanopy Streaming, 2016). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).  "Behind the scenes of queer youth theater."

You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men. Candace Schermerhorn, Bestor Cram. (University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, 1997). HQ77.7 .Y55 1997 Videocassette.  Also streaming via Alexander Street (UCLA only).

The Youth & Gender Media Project: Two Films by Jonathan Skurnik. (I'm Just Anneke and The Family Journey.) (New Day Films, 2010) DVD HQ77.95.U6 Y68 2010; organization website.