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BE—Dirty, Sinful Me

Be is both the Norwegian verb “to pray” and the initials of Bjorn Erik Andersen, a gay teenager who disappeared and presumably committed suicide in October 1992. This 50-minute Norwegian video documentary by Trond Winterkjaer and Jan Dalchow excerpts his diary, tracing his painful and ultimately unsuccessful struggle to reconcile his sexuality and his Christianity […]

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You Can’t Go Home Again

A 1998 Dutch documentary about Klaus Mann, the son of novelist Thomas Mann. An openly bisexual writer who spent World War II in Amsterdam, Klaus suffered from depression, marginalization, and drug addiction; he attempted suicide several times and died in his early 40s, though his famous father was too busy doing a reading for Swedish […]

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We Are Transgenders

Lulu Ogawa’s fascinating 1998 video documentary depicts a wide cross-section of Japanese transgendered people, from drag queens to FTMs to intersex activists to male transvestites. They tell familiar stories of exclusion and abuse while growing up, discuss the need for safe spaces where they can express their complex identities, and reveal the cost of black-market […]

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Youth Outloud!

We rarely hear directly from queer youth about their experience of school, so video documentarians Kathy Hines and Becky Burklee make an important contribution to the dialogue simply by compiling interviews from a dozen or so students in the U.S. The kids tell riveting and emotional stories of struggling with their identities, coming out to […]