Out in America
Tags: gender, inequality, lgbtq, marriage/family, prejudice/discrimination, sex/sexuality, social construction, coming out, gender identity, 21 to 60 mins
Access: no online access (trailer here)
Summary: “What’s different about our show is that it really celebrates what it means to be LGBT in the United States,” says Andrew Goldberg, the film’s producer and director. This film is a collection of unique and inspiring personal narratives told through the lens of the country's most prominent LGBT figures and pioneers, as well as many average, yet extraordinary, citizens from the gay community. Some examples include the story of a transexual who formerly self-identified as a lesbian; experiences with homophobia; discussion of the criminalization of homosexuality; the use of symbols within the LGBT community to communicate their sexual orientation; the term "gaydar"; and experiences of being closeted. The stories cross lines of gender, race, class, and age to tell stories of love and the experiences of people in the LGBT community. It can be used to spark discussions of gender identity; the social construction of sex and gender; the relationship between sex, gender, and sexuality, and social problems related to the LGBT community. Furthermore, the film weaves the stories of many people together, lending itself to the selection of brief segments on individual stories to accommodate shorter clips in the classroom.
Submitted By: Paul Dean
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