The year we thought about love (streaming, Kanopy)
The Year We Thought About Love goes behind the scenes of the oldest queer youth theater in America. In a twist on the common image of LGBTQ youth as victims, the film reveals the troupe members as artists and activists, celebrating the fullness of their lives in both thoughtful and hilarious ways. Our camera crew slips into rehearsal rooms, kitchens, classrooms, and subways capturing the wit, candor, and attitude of these young people. Together they explore love - romantic, familial, and religious - as they write scripts based on their lives. While the play takes shape, other challenges come hurtling at the cast.
Misfits (streaming, Academic Video Online)
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a tiny youth center called OpenArms Youth Project is squeezed in between two of the city’s two thousand churches. The center welcomes young LGBT kids between thirteen and nineteen, who have decided to come out in a very religious society.
Shadows of Ignorance (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Combining personal stories with historical and contemporary struggles for gay rights, this powerful documentary gives voice to the painful discrimination and in some cases, acceptance, that LGBT youth experience with their friends and famliy on a dialy basis.
Just Call Me Kade (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Kade Farlow Collins is a sixteen year old FTM (female to male transgender person) residing in Tucson, Arizona. Kade's parents maintain a supportive and nurturing relationship to Kade regarding the many challenges facing their teenage child. However, it hasn't always been easy.
Teenage (streaming, Academic Video Online)
A hypnotic rumination on the genesis of youth culture from the end of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th, Matt Wolf's TEENAGE is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and diary entries read by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, and others. Inspired by Jon Savage's book and set to a shimmering contemporary score by Bradford Cox (Deerhunter / Atlas Sound), TEENAGE is a mesmerizing trip into the past and a riveting look at the very idea of "coming-of-age".
Mississippi, I am (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Mississippi teen Constance McMillen made national headlines when she sued her school for denying her the right to go to prom with her girlfriend. Though only a few years had passed, something was shifting in one of the most socially conservative places in the United States. From a lesbian who chooses home-schooling to avoid constant bullying, to a gay boy who wants to join the Marines and serve his country, queer Mississippians share their courageous stories.
Outlet (streaming, Academic Video Online)
This film tells the personal stories of the teenagers who participate in a support group offered by a Bay Area youth organization called "Outlet." It includes observational footage of their weekly support group and mentoring meetings, giving us a glimpse of the challenges they face at school on a daily basis. Interviews with the support group facilitator, a young gay activist and a transgender teen address the evolution of contemporary queer issues as taken on by local middle school and high school students.
Losing ground : the new face of homelessness (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Every night, thousands of young people under the age of 18 are forced to sleep in shelters, at the homes of friends and relatives, or on the street. Many are young people from families affected by rising poverty rates and the declineing suppy of affordable housing; many have been kicked our of their homes because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans-gendered. This piece highlights three young people facing this crisis.
A conversation with gender non-conforming, gender non-binary youth (streaming, AcademicVideo Online)
Em and Isa, two gender non-binary youth of color, share their advice for adults who want to provide meaningful and culturally responsive support to transgender, gender non-binary, and gender non-conforming young people. Em and Isa join Julie Tilsen in a conversation that focuses not only on the challenges of living beyond the gender binary, but also the liberatory possibilities that exist there as well.
Cyberbullied (streaming, Academic Video Online)
This documentary focuses on middle and high school students and tackles the effects of Cyberbullying, ranging from homophobia to self-harm. In the face of fear, ignorance and the threat of cyberbullying as a national epidemic, this film offers hope and compassion to students, parents and educators.
60 Minutes: The Pledge (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Ed Bradley reports on abstinence-only programs for teens.
The Hunting Ground (streaming, Academic Video Online)
From the Academy Award - nominated filmmaking team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling expose of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover - ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verite footage and first - person testimonials, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education and legal justice, despite harsh retaliation, harassment, and pushback.