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Danish Girl and Carol DVDsFebruary is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans (LGBT) History Month. This year marks 50 years since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act which partly decriminalised homosexuality in men. This had an impact on all of the LGBT community around the world.

We’ve just added these new DVDs to our catalogue for you to borrow:

The Danish Girl

Carol

Both films were nominated for Oscars last year; Eddie Redmayne (Actor in a Leading Role) with Alicia Vikander (Actress in a Supporting Role) and Cate Blanchett (Actress in a Leading Role) with Rooney Mara (Actress in a Supporting Role).  Alicia Vikander won Actress in a Supporting Role. This year’s Oscar nominees include Moonlight which is up for Best Picture and Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris for Actor in a Supporting Role. Find out more about Moonlight on the official website.

If you didn’t catch Desert Island Discs on 10 Feb you can listen to Rugby Union referee Nigel Owens talking movingly about his sexuality and how he came out in 2007 on the BBC iPlayer.

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LGBT History Month folder 16The LRC team along with our Welfare Officer have been busy this month in raising awareness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month. If you haven’t been in the LRC recently we’ve put up a display with colourful folder dividers and book covers. Please take a divider and add it to a folder and devote just a page to LGBT articles. We’ve picked out the best LGBT authors along with fiction, biographies and DVDs. The key point is that it is vital to renew our support for minority groups through action, education and compassion. Libraries can help raise awareness through access to a range of resources on as many different topics as there are people.

Find out more on our Sway webpage with videos, links to useful websites and audio resources.

https://sway.com/s/AsBKWRjvBizV4gDB/embed

Transgender DVDsOn 23 November there was an article in The Guardian Benedict Cumberpatch taking on the satirical role of androgenous model All in the film Zoolander 2. This has resulted in many people boycotting the film as being transphobic based on the trailer.

If you’d like to explore more about trans/gender issues here is a taster from our selection of DVDs and books:

Albert Nobbs – Director Rodrigo Garcia

Tomboy – Director Céline Sciamma

All About My Mother – director Pedro Almodóvar

The No Nonsense Guide to Sexual Diversity – Vanessa Baird

Watch out for the DVD release of Tangerine about trans people of colour which was out on general release in the UK in November. It was shot on an iPhone.

 

 


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The British Film Institute (BFI) has launched five films from the London Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender film festival Flare onto its BFI Player for you to watch for free. The five films look at the theme of love as a basic human right. The British Council is also promoting the films globally in countries like China, India, Ukraine, Poland and Israel.

The festival runs over 10 days starting on 19 March 2015. Each of the films will be available each day on the BFI Player. Wednesday 25 March is a ‘fivefilms4 freedom’ day dedicated to everyone using social media to view the films at the same time. The films are:

Chance –  two older men  finding love after meeting accidentally in a park
Code Academy – a girl takes on the persona of a boy in cyberspace to get the girl of her dreams
Morning is Broken – coming of age story in rural England
True Wheel – documentary about a bicycle workshop for the city’s gay, transgender and women’s communities in Detroit
An Afternoon – a teenage boy summons up the confidence to tell another boy how he feels about him.

Book shelves with biographiesThis week we’ve been adding to our biographies and graphic novels. We’ve had a number of student requests to increase the choice of biographies and reflect the lives of women in other countries and cultures. As a result we ordered in a number of biographies of Chinese and black women:

Falling Leaves Return to their Roots:  the True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

Samantha Tross: a Profile by Verna Wilkins

Baroness Scotland of Asthal by Sue Adler

and other biographies of musicians and singers as well as a former Member of Parliament:

Amy Winehouse – the Biography, 1983-2011 by Chas Newkey-Burden

Nancy The Story of Lady Astor by Adrian Fort

The Shaking Woman, or, a History of My Nerves by Siri Hustvedt

Under the Ivy: the Life and Music of Kate Bush by Graeme Thomson

plus two graphic novels:

Blue is the Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh

Palestine by Joe Sacco

 

 


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