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Subject: Good LGBTQ Documentaries?
Date Posted: 7/9/2008 12:51 AM ET
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All recommendations welcome. A short description would be great. (= I really loved the piece on 20/20 about T children. I would also like to watch more about the cruise ship that Rosie has. I watched some of that once and it was really touching to see all the happy families. Most of them were happier than any straight family I have seen. They were so open and honest with their kids about everything, I want to be like that when my babies get here.

Anyway, off topic a little there. =p Tell us about your favorite documentary!

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 12:19 PM ET
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I really want to see the Rosie one as well! I adore that woman. She doesn't get enough credit for all that she has done, especially in the LGBT community but also in so many other areas of pure-hearted service.

 

Anyway... to answer your question!

 

One of my favorite LGBT docs is called "Small Town Gay Bar." It appeared originally on LOGO but I was able to get it from my Blockbuster Online (netflix type deal). It follows several different people through their small home towns, and it highlights the importance of the small town gay bar, because that's really the only community the LGBT people have. Some of the people even have to drive hours to get to this tiny little haven. It was touching, especially since I come from a super small town and had my first LGBT home in a small town gay bar :)

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 2:51 PM ET
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For The Bible Tells Me So -- definitely check it out!



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Date Posted: 7/9/2008 8:15 PM ET
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One that comes to mind and touched me was Southern Comfort.

Netflix description:

This moving documentary chronicles the last year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of ovarian cancer. We're introduced to several people who figure prominently in Robert's life -- most importantly, Lola Cola, a transsexual who's become Robert's life partner and cares for him full-time. The two prepare to lead a panel at the annual Southern Comfort conference, a yearly event created for transgendered individuals.

 

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 3:15 PM ET
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I think I might check out Southern Comfort myself!

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 6:00 PM ET
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Thanks guys! Hope I can find these on Netflix. (=

Here is the description of Jessie's since she didn't give us a review. =p

"For the Bible Tells Me So is a compassionate and insightful documentary about the contemporary face of an old conflict between Christian fundamentalists and gay and lesbian people. The film looks deep into the hearts of several families--a few of them quite famous--that have struggled with making sense of having a homosexual son or daughter in the fold. At the same time, For the Bible Tells Me So is a deconstruction of thin arguments that the Bible actually condemns homosexuality in a few passages and through the story of Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction. A number of clerics and scholars explain the cultural and historical context for Old Testament quotes routinely referenced as arguments against homosexuality, and point out translation confusion about the real meaning of the Sodom story. Unquestionably, the most compelling part of the film is its focus on various families, including that of former U.S. presidential candidate Dick Gephardt, who has a lesbian daughter for whose safety he worries. Also among the interviewees is Gene Robinson, a gay man who became bishop of New Hampshire’s Episcopal church in 2004, and his parents, as well as a gay teen whose folks joined him on the front line in protest of their church’s negative stance on gays. Not every story is affirmative: there are tragedies within these tales, too, as well as an indictment of so-called cures that supposedly banish the gay drive from homosexual men and women." - from Amazon

Date Posted: 7/11/2008 9:49 AM ET
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Forbidden Love: it's a Canadian documentary partly about lesbian pulps, and partly in a pulp style. There are boobies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_Love:_The_Unashamed_Stories_of_Lesbian_Lives

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 1:13 AM ET
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Found out that All Aboard Rosie's Family Cruise is available on DVD. You can get it on Netflix. (=

"Comedian Rosie O'Donnell dons her crusader's cap in this touching documentary that tags along on the first cruise for gay and lesbian families who sail toward, ironically, a homophobic greeting in the Bahamas. Director Shari Cookson interlaces the personal stories of passengers -- who include not only same-sex couples but their heterosexual parents, siblings and friends -- with film of shipboard shows and adoption seminars for the voyagers." - Netflix



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Date Posted: 7/12/2008 1:19 AM ET
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Forbidden Love isn't on Netflix. =/

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 4:56 PM ET
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I second Southern Comfort.  I just watched it last night and it was quite heartwarming. 

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 7:08 PM ET
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Sorry I didn't share a description.  Rosie's documentary was great!

Date Posted: 7/24/2008 10:15 PM ET
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Paris is Burning - about drag bars and their history in nyc goes into detail about vogueing and its origins and drag houses and the importance of families.

The Celluloid closet - explores the presence of gay charcters in hollywood and the historic context and how society influenced and was influenced by these movies.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 6:28 PM ET
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I am watching Small Town Gay Bar at the library on Netflix (wish I had high speed at home!). It is really good. (= It is so amazing what they have to put up with being in Mississippi. Wow. Anyway, great movie...I am going to get back to it now.

ETA: Gag...it was not fun to watch Rev. Phelps spew his crap though. Blech. He is amazing, geeze. I have never seen him talk before.



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Date Posted: 8/7/2008 8:12 PM ET
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I just watched Red Without Blue.  I'm tired, so I'll copy and paste a summary from Netflix.  I really liked it!

 

This provocative and insightful film documents three years in the lives of identical twins Mark and Alex Farley as they come to terms not only with their homosexuality, but also with Alex's decision to physically change his gender. Haunted by a troubled past --including divorced parents, discrimination and a joint suicide attempt -- the brothers struggle to affirm their identity and learn what it means to be a family outside of traditional norms.

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 2:48 PM ET
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Lordy Lordy, where do I begin?? Southern Comfort was great!!! I rarely give docs a 5/5 but that would could get a 6. If youd like, I can add you on Netflix and we can share? I love seeking out interesting documentaries. Here is my blog where I list the docs I see. I am behind on reviews but the tags give you an idea. Most of the ones I watch are LGBTQ related. http://docssince2008.blogspot.com/
Date Posted: 8/26/2008 3:44 PM ET
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Hey there, anyone interested in the Rosie doc, they have it at Big Lots (or at least they did here) for 3 bucks! It is the postable one from swapadvd too!
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 9:23 PM ET
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I just watched Transamerica.  Summary from Netflix: Bree (Felicity Huffman) gets the shock of her life when a week before her final sex change surgery she discovers a son she didn't know she had. After bailing him out of jail the two set out on a cross-country journey riddled with road bumps. Huffman won numerous awards (and an Oscar nomination) for her role as a man longing to be a woman. Elizabeth Pena, Burt Young, Kevin Zegers and Graham Greene co-star.

Subject: For the Bible Tells Me So
Date Posted: 9/10/2008 2:28 AM ET
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I thought For the Bible Tells Me So was very well done.  It gives hope to those in the Christian faith who have always seen their faith and their sexuality as incompatible.  That conflict almost drove me to suicide when I was a teenager.  I found reconciliation, fortunately.  Watching the documentary during my time of conflict and self loathing would have been incredibly helpful.