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Far From Heaven (DVD DRAMA FAR)  108 min.  2003. 

This middle-class family looks perfect from the outside, but behind closed doors she is having an affair with their African-American gardener, and he is struggling to deal with his homosexuality.

Fingersmith (DVD TV FIN)  180 min.  2005. 

In this rousing adaptation of Sarah Waters' most acclaimed novel, orphan Sue Trinder, raised in a den of petty thieves or “fingersmiths,” agrees to help a young con man defraud a wealthy heiress. But Sue's plans don't include falling in love with the heiress.

Fire (DVD FOREIGN FIR)  In English.  108 min.  1996. 

Banned in India, Pakistan, and Malaysia, this is part two of Deepa Mehta's trilogy, following Earth and preceding Water. Sita has an arranged marriage to a faithless husband. Radha, her sister-in-law, is unable to conceive a child. Her disappointed husband takes a vow of celibacy, acquires a swami, and is often gone. Sita and Radha enter a physical relationship that is more sustaining than they have found with their husbands.

For the Bible Tells Me So (220.8 DVD FOR)  98 min.  2007. 

This documentary brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and reveals that religious anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a misinterpretation of the Bible. Through the experiences of five very normal, Christian, American familes - including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson - discover how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member.

Gods and Monsters (DVD DRAMA GOD)  105 min.  1998.  

This Oscar winner is a speculation about the final days of James Whale (1889-1957), the director of Frankenstein and twenty other films of the 1930s - 40s. Whale was openly gay at a time when Hollywood homosexuality was concealed. Flashbacks of lost love, WWI battle trauma, and the glory days of Hollywood combine with Whale's attraction to a newly-hired yard worker.

The Hours (DVD DRAMA HOU)  114 min.  2002. 

In 1951, pregnant housewife Laura Brown plans a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the Virginia Woolf’s novel, Mrs. Dalloway. Clarissa Vaughn, a modern woman, is throwing a party for her friend Richard, a famous author dying of AIDS. These two stories are linked to Virginia Woolf, the author who struggled with her own sexuality in a passionless marriage. The central question of the film is whether it is better to live your life for your own happiness or for that of others.

I Can’t Marry You (306.848 DVD I)  57 min.  2004. 

This educational film explores the real life stories of 20 long-term gay and lesbian couples, revealing the obstacles they encounter by not being able to marry in the United States. The film is hosted by Ellen DeGeneres’ mother, Betty.

I Think I Do (DVD COMEDY I)  90 min.  2001. 

Two college roommates meet up again five years later at their housemates' wedding, and the sparks start to fly as the ex-roommates try to navigate their new romance.

Investigator (DVD TV INV)  88 min.  1997. 

In this true story of Staff Sergeant Caroline Meagher's experience as an investigator with the Military Police, she must root out and interrogate suspected lesbians and come to terms with her own sexuality.

The Kids Are All Right (DVD COMEDY KID)  107 min.  2010. 

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving, but by-no-means-perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules is less self-assured. Jules has floundered in her "nine to five" life, sometimes trying to start a business - always unsuccessfully - or being the stay-at-home mom. They have two teen-aged children, Joni and Laser. Nic is Joni's biological mother, and Jules is Laser's biological mother. After Joni's eighteenth birthday and shortly before she heads off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try to contact their sperm donor father.

Kissing Jessica Stein (DVD COMEDY KIS)  97 min. 2001. 

Fed up with her search for "Mr. Right" and tired of blind dates from hell, attractive journalist Jessica Stein whimsically responds to a classified ad ─ from Helen! Making and breaking rules of dating as they go, the two women muddle through an earnest, hilarious courtship.

The L Word – seasons 1-5 (DVD TV L) 

Set in the chic world of Los Angeles, this humor-laced dramatic series explores the lives of a group of lesbians, their friends, family and neighbors.

Law of Desire (DVD FOREIGN LAW)  In Spanish, with English or French captions.  102 min.  1987. 

Pablo loves Juan, but his love is not reciprocated. After taking up with Antonio, Pablo loses his memory when Antonio becomes jealous and violence occurs. When Pablo's memory returns, Antonio has taken up with his sister Tina, and he must rescue her and face Antonio and his desire.

Little Man (618.92 DVD LIT)  112 min.  2007. 

Nicholas is born 100 days early and weighs only one pound. This is the story of a micro-preemie who brought a family to its knees. As he struggles for life, so struggle Nicole and Gwen to keep their family from disintegrating.

Maurice (DVD DRAMA MAU)  140 min.  1987. 

In E.M. Forrester's story, two Edwardian-era Cambridge students fall in love, but must face British society's strict norms regarding homosexuality.

Milk (DVD DRAMA MIL)  129 min.  2009.  

This film is based on the true story of Harvey Milk, a middle-aged New Yorker who moved to San Francisco and became a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977. His election made him the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States. The following year, both he and the city's mayor, George Moscone, were shot to death by former city supervisor Dan White.

Normal (DVD TV NOR)  112 min.  2003. 

Roy and Irma are a devoted couple living a normal life in rural Illinois. At a party celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, Roy inexplicably blacks out. When he awakens, he realizes that his life must change. Roy confesses to Irma that he's a woman trapped in a man's body and that he wants a sex change. Now Roy must face his friends, co-workers, and children as he transforms.


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