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Williams Institute Reading Room: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resources in Law and Public Policy: 2. Films H-R

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 H-R

Hand on the Pulse. Joyce Warshow (Activa Productions; Frameline, 2005)(biographical documentary about Joan Nestle, civil rights activist, feminist, and gay rights activist) DVD HQ75.4.N47 H36 2005.  Also streaming via Alexander Street (UCLA only).

Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay. (Eric Slade; ITVS, Frameline, 2005) DVD HQ75.8.H39 H67 2005; Film website.

How to Survive A Plague.  (Public Square Films; Ro*co Films International, 2013) DVD RA643.8 .H697 2013; Film website.

I am the Queen. Henrique Cirre-Lima, Josue Pellot (Cinema Libre Studio, 2010).  Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website. "A celebration of Chicago's Puerto Rican transgender community."

If These Walls Could Talk 2. (HBO Home Video, 2000). DVD PN1997 .I345 2000.

Intersexion. (Scorpion TV, 2013; Kanopy Streaming, 2014). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website; film trailer.  Documentary about being intersex.

Interview with Brad Sears. (Qualitative Research Channel, 2009) DVD HQ76.8.U5 S42 2009; Founding Executive Director, Williams Institute.

Interview with Evan Wolfson. (Scientific Qualitative Research and Education, 2009) DVD HQ1034.U5 W65 2009; about Evan Wolfson.

Interview with Nanette Gartrell. (Qualitative Research Channel, 2010). DVD HQ777.8 .G38 2010b; About Dr. Nanette Gartrell.

It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School. (Includes new retrospective documentary: It's Still Elementary.) (New Day Films, 2007). DVD LC192.6 .I875 2007.  Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only): It's Elementary; It's Still Elementary.

A Jihad for Love. Parvez Sharma (First Run Features, 2007). DVD HQ76.2.I74 J553 2007; film information. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger. Sam Feder (Moving Train Media, 2014). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film trailer.  Documentary about the transgender author and performance artist.

Krudas. Opie Boero Imwinkelried (Frameline, 2006). DVD ML421.K78 K78 2016; Film information (short documentary about Krudas Cubensi, the queer, feminist, Afro-Cuban hip hop MCs). Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

Kumu Hina. Dean Hamer (Qwaves, 2014; Kanopy Streaming, 2015). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website. Documentary about a Native Hawaiian mahu (transgender woman), who is also a teacher and community leader.

Laramie Inside Out. Beverly Seckinger (New Day Films, 2004). How Matthew Shepard's murder changed Laramie.  Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film information.

Last Call at Maud's. Paris Poirier (Frameline, 2007; originally released in 1993). DVD HQ75.6.U52 C33 2007; Film clip; Film website. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). Historical documentary about Maud's, the longest-running lesbian bar in the United States (it closed in 1989).

The Last One. Nadine C. Licostie (The Video Project, 2014). "Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt." Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website.

Lavender Limelight. "Lesbians in Film."  Marc Mauceri (First Run Features, 1998). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution. Myriam Fougère (Women Make Movies, 2012). DVD HQ75.5 .L466 2012.  Documentary; interviews with lesbian activists around the world. 

Licensed to Kill. Arthur Dong (DeepFocus Productions, 1997, 2003). DVD HV6250.4 .H66 L53 1997Film information.  Also streaming via Alexander Street (UCLA only).

Limited Partnership. Thomas G. Miller (Cinema Guild, 2014).*Documentary about Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan, one of the first same-sex couples to be legally married in the United States.DVD KF539 .L56 2014; Film information.

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

Living Adoption: Gay Parents Speak. (PhotoSynthesis Productions and the Human Rights Campaign, 2010). DVD HV875.715 L58 2010. *View trailer.

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

The Lodge. Pam Walton & Ruth Carranza (Pam Walton Productions, 2021). HQ76.27.O44 L64 2021; Film information. A story about the first-of-its kind LGBTQ retirement community, Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa, California.

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

Ma Vie En Rose. Chris Vander Stappen, Alain Berliner (Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1999). DVD PN1997 .M397 1999.

Mama Bears. Daresha Kyi (Video Project, 2022). Law Library Circulation Video/DVD Collection ; HQ759.9147 .M35 2022; film website. "Connected through private Facebook groups across the country, over 30,000 mothers in America — many from conservative, Christian backgrounds — fully accept their LGBTQ+ children and call themselves 'mama bears' for their warm, fuzzy love and ferocious fight to make the world kinder and safer for all LGBTQ+ people."

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine. Michele Josue (Education Pictures, 2013; Kanopy Streaming 2016). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website,

Miss HIV. Jim Hanon (EthnoGraphic Media, 2007). DVD RA643.86.B55 M577 2007.  Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).  "Overcoming AIDS in Africa."

Mommy Mommy. Sylvie Rosenthal (Rezolution Pictures Intl., 2007). DVD HQ75.53 .M65 2007.  Documentary about lesbian moms in Quebec.

Mom's Apple Pie: The Heart of the Lesbian Mothers' Custody Movement. Jody Laine, Shan Ottey & Shad Reinstein (Frameline, 2006). DVD HQ75.53 .M655 2006.  Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

The Most Dangerous Year. Vlada Knowlton (Marymoor Productions, 2018). DVD HQ77.965.U6 M67 2018; Film website. Families with transgender children fight for their children's civil rights. 

My Transgender Life. (TMW Media, 2016). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only.) "Seven members of the transgender community share their stories." (Canada)

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."

No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon. Joan E. Biren (Frameline, 2003). DVD HQ75.3 .N62 2003; Film information.  Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

Of Love & Law. Hikaru Toda (Frameline Distribution, 2018). DVD HQ76.2.J3 O35 2018; Film information.  Gay life partners and lawyers in Japan.

Off and Running: An American Coming of Age Story. Nicole Opper (First Run Features, 2009). DVD E185.93.N56 O34 2009; *Official website; POV website. Also streaming via Alexander Street(UCLA only). 

One Nation Under God. Francine M. Rzeznik, Teodoro Maniaci (First Run Features, 1993). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only). Documentary about "ex-gay" ministries and "conversion" therapy.

One Wedding and a Revolution. (New Day Films, 2004). DVD HQ1034.U5 O54 2004.  Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).  Gay marriages in San Francisco, 2004.  The first marriage was between Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon, celebrating their 51st anniversary.

Our Stories, Our Voices: the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project. David Coon (Puget Sound Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, 2016). HQ75.5 .O92 2016; Film information.

Out At Work. Kelly Anderson and Tami Gold (New Day Films, 2009). DVD HF5549.5.S47 O98 2009.  Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

Out in East Berlin: Lesbians & Gays in the GDR. Jochen Hick & Andreas Strohfeldt (Nancy Fishman Film Releasing, 2013). DVD HQ76.3.G42 B46 2013; film trailer.

Out in Suburbia: The Stories of 11 Lesbians. Pam Walton (Pam Walton Productions, 1989). DVD HQ75.3 .O87 2000z; Film website.  Also streaming via Alexander Street (UCLA only).

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

Out in the Open. Matthew Smith (Breaking Glass Pictures, 2013). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film information.  "A celebration of the LGBTQ community."

Out of the Past. Michelle Ferrari, Jeff Dupre (A-PIX Entertainment, 1998). HQ76.8.U5 O97 1998 Videocassette; film information

Outrage. Kirby Dick (Magnolia Pictures, 2010). DVD HQ76.3.U5 O992 2010; Film website.  Closeted anti-gay politicians.

Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson. Michelle Boyaner, Jane Anderson (Wolfe Video, 2016).  DVD ND237.W6585 P33 2016; Film website.  Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

Paper Dolls. Tomer Heymann (Strand Releasing, 2013). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film trailer. "A Filipino Trans Community in Israel."

Passionate Politics: the Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch. Tami Gold & Joyce Warshow (AndersonGold Films, New Day Films, 2011).  DVD HQ1413.B86 P37 2011; streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

Pills, Profits, Protest: Chronicle of the Global AIDS Movement. Action = Life (Outcast Films, 2005). DVD RA643.8 .P55 2005; Film information.

Political Animals. Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares (2016; Kanopy Streaming, 2017). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website.  Profiles California openly lesbian politicians Carole Migden, Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe. 

Pride Denied: Homonationalism and the Future of Queer Politics. Kami Chisholm (Media Education Foundation, 2016). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film information.

Pursuit of Equality: The Unfinished Work of American Freedom. (2007). DVD K699 .P87 2007; Official website.  Documentary about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004.  

Queer China, Comrade China.  Cui Zi'en (dGenerate Films, 2009) DVD HQ76.3.C6 Z46 2009; Film information.

The Question of Equality. Isaac Julien, David Meieran (KQED Video, 1995). HQ76.8.U5 Q46 1995 Videocassette.  Four-part series about LGBT rights; series information.

Radical Harmonies. Dee Mosbacher, Boden C. Sandstrom, Margie Adam, June Millington (Woman Vision, 2002). DVD ML82 .R33 2002; Film information.

Rainbow's End. Christian Jentzsch & Jochen Hick (Frameline, 2006)(Documentary about the LGBTQ movement in Europe) DVD HQ76.3.E8 R355 2006; Film information. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).

Real Boy. Shaleece Haas Productions (2016). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); movie trailer.  "A son's transition.  A mom's transformation."

A Road to Home. Cal Skaggs (Lumiere Productions, 2015). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website; film trailer (documentary following 6 LGBT homeless youth in New York City).

Ruthie & Connie: Every Room in the House. "Lesbian Jewish grandmothers." Deborah Dickson (Donald Goldmacher Productions, 2014). DVD HQ75.4.B484 R87 2014; Film website. Also streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only).