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And the Band Played On (DVD DRAMA AND)  140 min.  1993. 

In 1978, San Francisco gays began dying from a strange, unidentified disease. This is the story of the science, the investigation, and the political infighting of the scientific community that hampered early medical research of HIV.

Angels in America (DVD DRAMA ANG)  352 min.  2003. 

In this six-part, made-for-television series, Tony Kushner adapted his epic about the 1980s AIDS crisis. In Manhattan, Prior Walter tells his lover Lou that he is ill; Lou bolts. As disease and loneliness ravage Prior, guilt invades Lou. Attorney Joe Pitt is pushed by Roy Cohn toward a job at the Justice Department. Both Pitt and Cohn are in the closet. Pitt's wife Harper is strung out on Valium, aching to escape her marriage.

Another Country (DVD TV ANO)  107 min.  1984. 

Based on the award-winning play by Julian Mitchell, this film explores the effect of British public school life in the 1930s on Guy Bennett (Rupert Everett) as his homosexuality and unwillingness to "play the game" turns him eastward towards communist Russia.

Beautiful Thing (DVD DRAMA BEA)  90 min.  1996. 

Set in London's lower class suburbs, this is the story of a teenager who has discovered that he's gay and his love for another teenager who lives next door.

Before Night Falls (DVD DRAMA BEF)  134 min.  2000.

Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), was born in Oriente province and died in New York City. His writings and openly gay lifestyle were, by 1967, bringing him into conflict with the Communist government. The Cubans banned his books and jailed him for a crime he didn’t commit, persecuting Reinaldo in his stand against censorship. He fled to America, continuing to fight for personal expression.

Beginners (DVD COMEDY BEG)  105 min.  2011. 

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.

Bent (DVD DRAMA BEN)  104 min.  1996. 

Pursued and captured by the Nazis because he is gay, Max is placed in a concentration camp where he meets another gay prisoner and learns a life-altering lesson about love.

Big Eden (DVD DRAMA BIG)  117 min.  2002. 

New York artist Henry Hart returns to the town of his childhood to care for his grandfather. He must come to terms with his relationship to Dean Stewart, since high school the object of his unrequited love. But Pike Dexter, the Native-American owner of the general store, is falling in love with Henry. The townspeople conspire to bring Henry and Pike together.

The Birdcage (DVD COMEDY BIR)  119 min.  1996. 

A gay couple encounters a self-righteously straight and conservative family. Armand and Albert reluctantly accept young Val's intention to marry the daughter of a conservative Senator, but when the fiancee's family comes to visit, the whole household is turned upside down.

Breakfast with Scot (DVD COMEDY BRE)  109 min.  2007. 

A sports lawyer and his partner, an ex-hockey player, find their lives completely disrupted when a young boy comes to live with them, which will have them questioning everything they thought they knew about themselves, each other, and love.

Brokeback Mountain (DVD DRAMA BRO)  134 min.  2005. 

This 2005 Oscar winner for best picture is based on an Annie Proulx story. Set in 1963 Wyoming, Ennis and Jack work together herding sheep. What might have been uneventful turns into love, lust, and complications that will span nineteen years; through marriage, children, and the grip of societal confines and the expectations of what it is to be a man.

Chicken Tikka Masala (DVD COMEDY CHI)  92 min.  2006. 

When Jimi arrives home from medical school, he is surprised to find himself in the middle of his own arranged engagement party. What his family doesn't know is that Jimi is gay - and his boyfriend is furious.

The Children’s Hour (DVD DRAMA CHI)  108 min.  1961.  

In this adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play, Karen and Martha are the headmistresses of a girls school. When they discipline a girl, the vindictive child twists an overheard comment into slander and accuses her teachers of questionable behavior. The scandalous gossip engulfs the school's community.

Clapham Junction (DVD DRAMA CLA)  99 min.  2007. 

After another man falls victim to a violent gay-bashing incident, the homosexual community of Clapham Junction, South London, comes together to bring the assailants to justice.

Different for Girls (DVD COMEDY DIF)  101 min.  1996. 

When Paul last saw his old school friend, he was a boy named Karl. They meet fifteen years later, but now she is Kim, a post-operative transsexual. Worlds apart in their attitudes, they no longer appear to have anything in common. However, the physical attraction they feel now is as strong as their childhood friendship. Somewhere along the way, they fall in love.

The Dying Gaul (DVD DRAMA DYI)  95 min.  2005. 

A grieving screenwriter, whose lover has died of AIDS, unknowingly enters a three-way relationship with a woman and her film-executive husband ─ with chilling results.

Ellen Degeneres: Here and Now (DVD COMEDY ELL)  60 min.  2003. 

Ellen has never forgotten her roots as a stand-up comedian. Her comedy touches on something that everyone can identify with - from the obligatory gay joke to procrastination, the fashion statements of celebrities, the ironies of public cell phone use, airline etiquette, self-esteem, and time-saving catastrophes.

The Extra Man (DVD COMEDY EXT)  108 min.  2010. 

Aspiring playwright Louis Ives moves to New York, taking an environmental job with a beautiful, infatuating co-worker. Louis rents a room from an eccentric former playwright who moonlights as an 'extra man,' a social escort for the wealthy widows of Manhattan high society. The two men develop a volatile mentorship, which leads to a series of comic adventures.

 

 

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