Video Lending Library

As part of our goal to help with increased awareness and understanding, we have purchased some good videos that we are willing to lend.

If your faith community, group, school, or organization would like more information about them, call:

  • Nancy Eckerson Fitts at 585.381.4846
  • Or Darrell Lance at 585.442.5486

• Or write to: N. E. Fitts, 4 Wind Mill Rd., Pittsford, NY 14534

Children of Lesbians and Gays Speak Out. A project of Lesbian and Gay Parents Association (10 minutes)

This was produced as part of an in-service training for elementary school educators and administrators. It presents a diverse group of children (ages 7-11) who have lesbian and gay parents. In candid interviews, they talk about who's in their families, how it feels to be teased about their parents, how classroom silence about homosexuality affects them, and what they would like to see change.

Produced by Pamela Walton (40 minutes)

An award-winning video (in 1992 and 1993) dealing with adolescent homosexuality: it explores the emotional strain placed on gay youth by intense feelings of isolation. Adolescence is typically a time of conformity, when one needs to feel secure in a peer group. But lesbian and gay young people are acutely aware of being different and often have no one to talk to about these feelings. This isolation frequently leads them to drug and alcohol abuse, violence, homelessness and even suicide. A large number of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who commit suicide are gay or lesbian.

This documentary has been designed to break the silence surrounding adolescent homosexuality. It contrasts the suicide death of 20-year old Bobby Griffith (in the first section) with the remarkable and courageous life of 17-year old Gina Gutierrez. Gina is not afraid to meet homophobic attitudes straight on. This video shows that information, acceptance and support can make enormous differences in the lives of young people.

I JUST WANT TO SAY - Parents, Students & Teachers Talk About Anti-Gay Bias in our Schools (13 minutes)

Hosted by Martina Navratilova who says, "By listening to these stories, I hope you can become more aware, because after all, we are all learning."

IT'S ELEMENTARY - talking about gay issues in school by Debra Chasnoff & Helen Cohen Women's Educational Media (78 minutes)

An award-winning documentary film that is an extremely moving portrait of how schools can appropriately address what, for many, is a very sensitive issue. It shows what actually happens when teachers lead class discussions that address anti-gay prejudice. It makes a powerful case that children need to be taught respect for ALL-and that this kind of education needs to start at a very young age.

IT'S ELEMENTARY - talking about gay issues in school by Debra Chasnoff & Helen Cohen Women's Educational Media (37 min.)

This shortened version of the documentary described above was designed for workshops, training sessions, or other forums where there is not enough time to show the full-length one or when the emphasis of the session is on discussion time among viewers.

Directed by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson (62 minutes)

This documentary chronicles the dramatic stories of three gay workers over the course of five years: Cheryl Summerville, a cook at an Atlanta ‘Cracker Barrel' restaurant; Detroit auto worker Ron Woods; and New York Public Library clerk, Nat Keitt. It follows them at home, at work and through their collective fight to secure workplace safety, job security, and employee benefits for gay and lesbian workers. In a moving, profound, and entertaining style, it raises critical issues about workplace rights, the role of legislation and labor unions and, ultimately, human rights for all.

The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America (65 minutes): an Audience Award winner at a Sundance Film Festival

This eye-opening history lesson reveals the touching and personal fight for equality that continues today. Told through the eyes of a 17-year-old student in Utah, this explores her experience of forming a Gay Straight Alliance in her public school.

Produced by the Massachusetts Department of Education & the Mass. Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth (27 minutes)

All students have the right to a quality public school education that is free of discrimination. Because of hatred, violence and fear, this right is sometimes denied to gay and lesbian students. Realizing that this issue is directly correlated to doing well in school, Massachusetts has created "The Safe School Program" - offering this video and materials to all of their schools

Produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network (GLSEN) and Jimmy Caiola, a filmmaker who won the 1995 National Golden Apple Award for his educational film "AIDS: The Next Generation" (11 minutes)

This film features lesbian, gay, and straight teachers and youth addressing how homophobia damages schools. "We're tired of having ourselves defined by people who portray us as predators and child molesters," GLSEN Executive Director, Kevin Jennings said. "...We feel the film does an excellent job of putting a human face on the issue and communicating why homophobia must be addressed in schools...It's basically a tool to start a conversation among friends and communities, hopefully on a small scale, where fears can be addressed and overcome. We plan to use it to win our friends and co-workers over, one heart at a time."

A Woman Vision Production (1994) (24 minutes)

Stories of parents' journeys to a new understanding of their lesbian and gay children.

Producer/Director Jimmy Caiola, Oliver Lane Productions (52 minutes)

This is a project of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network (GLSEN). Kevin Jennings, GLSEN Executive Director and former high school history teacher, helps us to understand why schools must address anti-gay prejudice if all students (gay and straight) are to achieve their educational potential. This video can either be shown to a faculty, or can be used to train presenters on the use of an available outline resource ("Homophobia 101" available) that is designed to be "user-friendly" with attachments providing substantial supporting materials and information on how to find resources.

Ideally timed for two hours, the outline can be shortened by limiting the number of film excerpts and student testimonies used. They do encourage supplementing sections by having panels of gay youth speaking whenever possible.

Women's Educational Media Producers: Debra Chasnoff, Ariella J. Ben-Dov, Fawn Yacker (35 minutes) (Designed especially for elementary school-age children)

This is an entertaining documentary that breaks new ground in helping kids see and understand many of the different shapes that families take today. With blunt and sometimes hilarious candor, the children who star in it take us on a tour through their lives and speak about their unique family experiences, explaining such concepts like "birth mom," "adoptions," " mixed race," "guardian," "gay and lesbian," and "stepdad."

German, with English Subtitles: from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (44 minutes)

Three gay Holocaust survivors tell their horrifying story and about the eventual marking system when all homosexual inmates were forced to wear a pink triangle.

Producer/Director Anne Macksoud Media Productions International (27 minutes)

A warm and sensitive account about how Presbyterian minister Jane Adams Spahr's twin sister, husband, two sons, and parents dealt with their feelings as she came out as a lesbian.

Information required by IA to borrow videos
We would appreciate having the video out for as short a time as possible, but are willing to accommodate some circumstances.

  • A $25 deposit is required: refunded when video is returned. Check to be made out to: INTERFAITH ADVOCATES
  • Name & address of org. AND of the person requesting the video.
  • Phone numbers (both daytime & evening) and e-mail & fax, if possible
  • Name of requested video
  • Requested date to pick up, to use, AND date to return.

Other sources of videos and possible help in planning an educational program or forum:

  • GAGV (Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley)
    call the Program Director at 585.244.8640
  • GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network)
    call Gavin Phillips (w) 585.546.5530 ext. 6129; or (h) 585.244.1509
  • PFLAG - Rochester (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays)
    Information at 585.342.1042 or their Help Line at 585.234.0156
  • The Resource Center of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley
    call 585.242.0099.


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