History of the LGBT Rights Movement
About This Collection
LGBT History Month is a month marked by days, weeks, and anniversaries. Throughout October, celebrations abound in support of National Coming Out Day (" to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly" - Human Rights Campaign), Spirit Day (to "stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth" - GLAAD) and Ally Week ("how everyone...can work to become better allies to LGBT youth" - GLSEN). It is a reminder of the National Marches on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979, the very first, and in 1981, which focused on the AIDS crisis. The month also remembers Matthew Shepard and the eventual passing of The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act eleven years after his death. Today, LGBT History Month highlights LGBT people and their roles in the LGBT community.
WORLD Channel looks to the past and the present, and to the thousands of activists who have brought about change, and continue to do so, in this civil rights movement. Witness how individuals and organizations are making positive change for the LGBTQ community in today's America.
Episodes In This Collection
POV: From This Day Forward
Meet a family coping with one of life’s most intimate transformations. When Sharon Shattuck's father came out as transgender, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon's wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents' marriage, and their family, survived intact.
The Day It Snowed in Miami
A chronology of the LGBT-rights movement in Florida's Miami-Dade County, just before the AIDS epidemic. The documentary focuses in on its early days when gay rights activists and conservative singer Anita Bryant tangled over the passage of the human rights ordinance, which prevented discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Formed in response to Brown vs. Board of Education and anti-Communist fears in the U.S., the Johns Committee targeted Communist sympathizers, and homosexual teachers and students at state universities. The Committee chronicles the actions of Charley Johns and the committee in their attempt to root out Communism and homosexuality.
At 13 years old, Matthew Boger was thrown out of his home for being gay and later savagely beaten by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. 25 years later, Boger meets with Tim Zaal, a former neo-Nazi skinhead, and his former attacker. The two embark on a journey of forgiveness and reconciliation...and the improbable collaboration of friendship.
How strong is a woman’s desire to be a mother? After marrying the woman of her dreams, Lexy and wife Jessica set out to start a family. The couple spend their life savings on getting pregnant but it turns out to be more difficult than anticipated. Romeo Romeo is an intimate portrait of a modern marriage and the struggle with infertility.
Reel South: Deep Run
Exiled by family and rejected by an ex, 17-year-old Jasmine finds new love and the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed transgender man, in this powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Cole’s candid humor and steadfast Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences daily.
The Guys Next Door
Erik and Sandro, like many married couples, hope to become parents. Their friend Rachel decides she can help by becoming a surrogate for them – even though she and her husband Tony have three biological children of their own. The Guys Next Door is a story that redefines choice, generosity, and what it means to be a family in today’s America.
The Sher Institute in Las Vegas is holding a contest. First prize: a free round of in-vitro fertilization – but even for the winners, there’s no guarantee of success. Vegas Baby follows the journeys of three families so desperate to have a child, they’re willing to take the gamble. This may be their last chance to have a baby.