LGBT History Starter Kit

1996-2006 | Abuse / Activism / American Studies / Biography/History / Black/African American / Documentary / Lesbian / Media Studies / Race and Culture | 232m | Mexico | USA
Directors: Multiple Directors

Bring your history collection out of the closet with these five documentaries. Covering the start of the lesbian rights movements in the US and Mexico, the gay witch hunt of 1955, the intersection of the Black Power and Gay Power movements, and a little-known San Francisco riot that predates Stonewall, these films will diversify and enrich your collection.

The Fall of ’55 Seth Randal 2006 USA 82 min.

In 1955, the people of Boise, Idaho tried to eliminate homosexuality from their town. Devastating consequences continue even today for individuals, families and the community.

No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon JEB (Joan E. Biren) 2003 USA 57 min.

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were partners in love and political struggle for over 50 years. With incisive interviews, rare archival images and warmhearted humor, No Secret Anymore reveals their inspiring public work, as well as their charming private relationship.

And the March Continues! Guadalupe Olvera San Miguel 1997 Mexico 30 min.

Mixing traditional documentary and narrative forms, And the March Continues! presents a history of the lesbian movement in Mexico.

O Happy Day Charles Lofton 1996 6 min USA

O Happy Day imagines the early days of gay liberation for black gay men, juxtaposing images of black men from late 1960s and early 1970s films with images of Black Panther Party demonstrations, intentionally revising history.

Screaming Queens:The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria Victor Silverman & Susan Stryker 2005 57 min. USA

EMMY Award-winning Screaming Queens tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent, resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States—a 1966 riot in San Francisco’s impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn.