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LGBTQ2S+ Video Resources

The videos listed below are available to borrow from the BCTF Information Services Department.

  • Apples and Oranges (16 min) (Grades 3-5) c2003
    During class discussions, children’s paintings magically dissolve into two short animated stories. In one, a girl finds out that creativity, not revenge, is the best way to deal with a school bully. In the second, two friends skateboard together, until one finds out the other is gay. Stereotyping, name-calling, intolerance, and bullying are all included.
  • Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World: By sharing the personal stories coming out of developing nations, this film sheds light on an emerging global movement striving to end discrimination and violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.
  • From Criminality to Equality: 40 years of lesbian and gay movement history in Canada from 1969 to 2009.  A collection of four films (listed below) directed by Nancy Nicol. All are highly recommended for Social Justice 12, Social Studies and Law classes.
  • God Loves Uganda (83 min.) (Secondary) c2013
    This feature-length documentary is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law. Secondary lesson plans can be found on the lesson plan page
  • The Homophobia Project tells the story of Janet and John, two heterosexuals growing up in a world turned upside down and back to front. The film explores their experiences in childhood and the school system as they navigate a world where same-sex relationships are the norm and heterosexuality is not. The film is adapted from the highly acclaimed play which toured UK schools in summer 2007. Powerful and provocative, it has proven to be an extremely effective way to confront both homophobia and homophobic bullying. Suitable for Grade 8 and up.  A full Teacher's Pack with follow up work is included as e-connect.
  • In Other Words (27 min) (Grades 7-12) c2001
    Language and the power of words are the specific topic here. We see the impact of homophobic name-calling on the growth and development of youth, aged 14 to 22. They share details of their lives and their struggles with their identity and their place in society. Important word definitions are given, with historical animations about the derivation of some terms. Very positive messages for LGBTQ youth and their friends. Information for teachers on the video liner provides background, discussion points, and activities.
  • It’s Elementary (78 or 38 min) (Professional, parent) c1996
    Described as funny, touching and fascinating, this groundbreaking, award-winning production presents a powerful case for making anti-gay prejudice an educational issue. Featuring work by elementary/middle school (up to Grade 9) students and interviews with teachers of varied sexual orientations, it demonstrates how elementary schools can successfully address this sensitive area of teaching respect for all. It models excellent teaching about family diversity, name-calling, stereotypes, community-building, and more. A 24-page viewing guide is included. Two versions are available.
  • Laramie Inside Out: In October 1998, Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die. His shocking murder pushed Laramie into the media spotlight and sparked a nationwide debate about homophobia, gay-bashing and hate crimes. Filmmaker Beverly Seckinger, a Laramie native, returns home to the site of her own closeted adolescence to investigate the impact of Shepard’s murder.
  • Let’s Get Real (35 min) (Middle school) c2003
    Told entirely from a youth perspective, this video gives young people the chance to tell their own stories. It examines many issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including race, perceived sexual orientation, religion, learning disabilities, sexual harassment, and others. The film not only gives a voice to targeted kids, but also to those who bully, to find out why they lash out and how it makes them feel. The most heartening stories are those of kids who have mustered the courage to stand up for themselves or a friend.
  • My Name Was January
    January Marie Lapuz was a transgender woman of colour who was murdered in September 2012 in New Westminster, British Columbia. She was an advocate for trans rights and was known as the “bright light” among Vancouver’s LGBTQ community. This documentary feature film is a celebration of January’s life, among other trans women of colour. This film is about remembering the impact that January had on the lives of everyone she encountered. This film is about uplifting the narratives and lived experiences of trans women of colour. This film is about collectively liberating all marginalized and oppressed people.
  • One of Them (25 min) (Secondary) c2000
    Six high school students plan a Human Rights Day, and have to confront their own difficulties in addressing homophobia that is manifested in several ways. The focus is on graffiti, name-calling, discrimination, and stereotypes, rather than sexual activity. Some characters seem very stereotypical, but they nonetheless portray the negative reactions and behaviours often seen in high schools. This dramatization prompts viewers to examine their own feelings, easily leading into class discussion. Background information and class activities are included on the video liner.
  • One Summer in New Paltz: A Cautionary Tale: Set against a backdrop of the Bush administration's policy of endless war and assault on civil liberties, One Summer in New Paltz is a cautionary tale of a young mayor of a small village who stunned his neighbors and the nation by performing 25 same-sex marriages in defiance of state law. As a result, thousands of gay couples flooded New Paltz seeking to be married. The film probes the debate on same-sex marriage and also documents the first day of legal same-sex marriages in Boston in May, 2004.
  • Out in the Silence captures the remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small Pennsylvania hometown.
  • Sticks and Stones (17 min) (Grades 3-7) c2001
    This documentary looks at the lives of children aged 5 to 12, from various backgrounds, using their own words to show how homophobic language affects their lives. The two main topics in the video are family and name-calling. Children of gay and lesbian parents share their sense of isolation, their fear of discovery, and their struggle with making choices and facing intimidation. Animation sequences are added, to illustrate simple concepts and the history of homophobic slang words. Family photos of differing families are included. Information for teachers on the video liner provides background, discussion points and activities. (Secondary students could use this as a discussion starter.)
  • StraightLaced: How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up (67 min) (Secondary) c2009
    Straightlaced reveals the toll that deeply held stereotypes and rigid gender roles have on all our lives. It offers both teens and adults a way out of anxiety, fear, and violence. This documentary highlights fifty diverse students who take viewers on a powerful, intimate journey to see how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are shaping the lives of today’s teens.
  • That’s a Family! (35 min) (Elementary, Middle school) c2000
    This video helps elementary children see and understand the many different shapes of today’s families. With courage and humour, the children take viewers on a tour through their lives as they speak candidly about what it’s like to grow up in a family with parents of different races or religions, divorced parents, a single parent, gay or lesbian parents, adoptive parents, or grandparents as guardians. It comes with an extensive discussion/teaching guide, with lesson plans, suggestions for facilitating classroom discussion at different grade levels, and additional resources for teachers, families, and children.
  • Ugly Ducklings explores the realities of harassment, bullying and homophobia and its devastating effects on today's lesbian and gay youth. The documentary promotes awareness, understanding and advocacy and supports a call for change in behaviors and policies regarding LGBTQ youth.

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Additional recommended titles that may be acquired from other sources

The following two videos are National Film Board of Canada productions. For more information, see the NFB website:  www.nfb.ca.

  • Forbidden Love (84 min) (Adult) c1992
    Nine women paint a hilarious, rebellious portrait of lesbian sexuality, against a backdrop of tabloid headlines, book covers, and dramatizations from lesbian pulp novels.
  • Stolen Moments (92 min) (Adult, professional) c1997
    An exhaustive look at lesbian history (Europe, USA, and Canada) from the 1920s to the present. It includes old film footage and dramatic recreations, music, comic moments, and memories. Featured are Joan Nestle, Judy Grahn, Audre Lorde, Leslie Feinberg, and other notable women. Although adult-oriented, the video would be useful for mature students wishing to learn more about the forces that shaped modern lesbian culture.

Contact Moving Images Distribution for information on the following two videos. Phone: 604-684-3014, or toll-free: 1-800-684-3014; online catalogue at www.movingimages.ca.

  • Gay Spirit (52 min) (Secondary, adult) c1996
    Six gays and lesbians talk about their struggle to be out and to be part of their faith communities. They are: a Muslim man living with AIDS, a man brought up Pentecostal, a Jewish lesbian, a Seventh Day Adventist, and two lesbian partners and former nuns. Dr. Martin Brokenleg provides insight into the challenges these individuals have faced. He stresses the importance of overcoming discrimination, and reminds viewers that about 35% of adolescent suicides are by teens questioning their sexuality.
  • Little Sister’s vs. Big Brother (71 min) (Adult, secondary) c2002
    Since 1983, Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium has resisted bigotry, bombings, and books held at the border. The Vancouver bookstore pushed its battle against Canada Customs all the way to Canada’s Supreme Court. Here are many key moments in their battle against censorship—book seizures, personal courage, violence against Vancouver’s queer communities, and court decisions. It also delves into the passions and principles that have driven the four personalities from Little Sister’s in this long struggle. Well-known writers, BC Civil Liberties Association, and ACLU, all speak out in defence of the right of all Canadians to read and view what they choose.

The following title is distributed by Vtape. www.vtape.org 

  • Rewriting the Script: A Love Letter to our Families (46 min) (Professional) c2002
    This video explores the loves, lives, and sexualities of lesbian, gay, and transgender South Asians in Canada and their families. The subjects, parents and other family members, talk about the struggle to redefine their relationships. The sound quality is mediocre but the stories are compelling and informative. Excellent for parents. The video comes with an extensive discussion guide, for exploring issues of religion, family, community pressures, and strategies for building support.

This video can be ordered from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. www.glsenstore.org/outside-the-lines-video-and-manual.html 

  • Outside the Lines: The World of the Gay Athlete (17 min) (Secondary, adult) c2000
    This ESPN video charts the journeys of two students competing as openly gay athletes in very different climates. Both students movingly reveal their courage and resilience. Great for coaches/educators, the video is accompanied by a 24-page viewing guide with lessons, discussion questions, and other resources for building equity in athletics.

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