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The titles listed below are available for members' use.

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National Film Board of Canada:

The NFB has a wide variety of documentary films on LGBT themes, particularly geared for youth. By using the word "gay" on the site's search engine one can find many useful resources.

The Trevor project

The leading national organization providing crisis and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth:

The "It gets better" video
Feathers Boa Fathers group
Joel's daddies testimony
Project Trevor is also movie

From Criminality to Equality (4 disk DVD series on lesbian and gay movement history in Canada)

From Criminality to Equality includes: Stand Together (124 minutes), the Queer Nineties (90 minutes), Politics of the Heart (68 minutes) and The End of Second Class (90 minutes). Included in the series are a study guide and interview with the director, Nancy Nicol. These award-winning films have screened internationally to audience acclaim.

It brings to life a transformative social movement, from the first gay liberation groups to the building up of a diverse social movement; from the first human rights cases in the 1970s, the impact of the enactment of the Charter of Rights in 1983 to the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in 2005. The films provide an powerful resource for educators, public libraries and non-profit community groups. Help build awareness of LGBT history. Recommend this series to your local library, school or trade union and add it to your collection.

To view trailers or to purchase on-line go to Night at the Indies

Straightlaced: how gender's got us all tied up. Debra Chasnoff, U.S., 2009.

A powerful documentary about the lives of teens and young adults as seen through the gender lens. Approaching society's ideas and ideals of gender through clothes, sexuality, sports, dance, safety, consumerism and emotion, the film addresses the complexities of conceptions of masculinity and femininity for Generation Z.

Two Men and Two Babies. Emma Crimmings, Australia, 2008

What defines a family? What are the options for same-sex couples who want children? How do different societies deal with gay parenting? These fascinating documentaries delve directly into the heart of what it means to be a gay mom or dad. Two Men and Two Babies tells the story of Tony and Lee, who want a baby but are forced to look outside their home country of Australia, where paid surrogacy is illegal. They journey to the U.S.--where the fertility industry is a billion-dollar business--find the right mom and witness the birth of their son, Alexander, and, five years later, have a daughter from the same surrogate. Through interviews and family footage, director Emma Crimmings captures how the couple handles the everyday emotional roller coaster of parenting and a society that's not sure what to make of a family with two dads. Despite Canada's reputation as socially progressive, adoption by same-sex couples was only recently legalized, and many couples still face harsh opposition.

Comme les autres. Vincent Garenq, 2008, France

Emmanuel et Philippe filent le parfait amour... Enfin, presque : Emmanuel (Lambert Wilson) veut un enfant mais pas Philippe (Pascal Elbé). Emmanuel décide un jour de franchir le pas, au prix de perdre Philippe. Mais comment avoir un enfant quand on est un couple de garçons ? Adoption ? Mère porteuse ? ...

Spinnin'. Eusebio Pastrana, 2007, Spain

Spinnin' is a wonderfully exuberant, multi-layered Spanish drama. Garate and Omar are young, gay and in love, and want to have a child. After failed attempts with their female pals, they befriend Raquel, a pregnant woman whose partner has died of AIDS.

Breakfast with Scot. Laurie Lynd, 2007

Touching comedy that tells the story of a very 'straight' gay couple, Eric, an ex-NHL hockey player-turned-sportscaster and Sam, a lawyer, who end up with temporary custody of recently orphaned Scot, an 11-year-old boy. Officially sanctioned by the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs, Breakfast with Scot represents the first time a professional sports league has allowed their logo and uniforms to be used in a gay-themed movie

Dialogue sur l'homoparentalité. Julie Huard. Radio-Canada, 2007

Comment l'homoparentalité se vit au quotidien? Quels sont les défis qui attendent les parents homosexuels et leurs enfants? La société est-elle prête à accepter ce nouveau modèle familial alors qu'elle est encore aux prises avec certains débats sur l'homosexualité? La réalisatrice s'est penchée sur ces questions. Des gais, des lesbiennes et leurs enfants ont ouvert leurs portes et leur intimité. Des chercheurs et des spécialistes approfondissent la réflexion.

It's STILL Elementary. Debra Chasnoff and Helen Cohen. Women's Educational Media, 2007

It's STILL Elementary looks at the impact the original film has had over the last decade, why it was made in the first place and why the film is still relevant today. It also follows up with some of the original teachers and students from the first film and asks them how lessons about LGBT people changed their lives - the results are moving and profound. Also includes the high-profile, controversial PBS broadcast and the infamous right-wing attacks unleashed on the film and its creators. A moving story about the power of documentary film and grassroots organizing.

Politics of the Heart, 2005. Nancy Nicol

A moving portrait of lesbian and gay families who re-shaped the cultural and political landscape of Quebec by fighting for recognition of their relationships and their families.

For individual copies, contact Nancy Nicol:

For schools, institutions, and libraries, contact Wanda Vanderstoop at Vtape:

Click to download the synopsis

[Politics of the Heart]

Let's Get Real Video and Curriculum Guide: Lessons and Activities to Address Name Calling & Bullying. Debra Chasnoff and Helen S. Cohen. Women's Educational Media. 2004

Told entirely from a youth perspective, this video gives young people the chance to tell their own stories. It examines many issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including race, perceived sexual orientation, religion, learning disabilities, sexual harassment and others. The film not only gives a voice to targeted kids, but also to those who bully, to find out why they lash out and how it makes them feel. The most heartening stories are those of kids who have mustered the courage to stand up for themselves or a friend.

Apples and Oranges: It's Not Cool to be Cruel. Lynne Fernie. ONF/NFB 2003.

During class discussions, children's paintings magically dissolve into 2 short animated stories. In one, a girl finds out that creativity, not revenge, is the best way to deal with a school bully. In the second, two friends skateboard together, until one finds out the other is gay. Stereotyping, name-calling, intolerance and bullying are addressed. Appropriate for grades 3-5.

Daddy & Papa. Johnny Symons, 2002

Daddy & Papa explores the growing phenomenon of gay fatherhood and its impact on American culture. Through the stories of four different families, Daddy & Papa delves into some of the particular challenges facing gay men who decide to become dads.From surrogacy, foster care, and interracial adoption, to the complexities of gay marriage and divorce, to the battle for full legal status as parents, Daddy & Papa presents a revealing look at some of the gay fathers who are breaking new ground in the ever-changing landscape of the American family.

That's A Family: A film for kids about family diversity. Video and Teaching Guide. Debra Chasnoff and Helen S. Cohen. Women's Educational Media, 2002

This video helps elementary children see and understand the many different shapes of today's families. With courage and humour, the children take viewers on a tour through their lives as they speak candidly about what it's like to grow up in a family with parents of different races or religions, divorced parents, a single parent, gay or lesbian parents, adoptive parents or grandparents as guardians. It comes with an extensive discussion / teaching guide, with lesson plans, suggestions for facilitating classroom discussion at different grade levels, and additional resources for teachers, families and children.

Silence SVP. CSQ, 2002

A video which examines the various ways homophobia manifests itself in the education sector and the workplace. This video was produced in collaboration with the CSQ's Comité des droits des gais et lesbiennes. for adolescents who are questioning their sexual orientation or have a homosexual parent? How do young people cope with the prejudice of peers and the silence that exists in the educational milieu? How do lesbian and gay personnel deal with their homosexuality at work? Do they conceal it or reveal it? What are the consequences of revealing it? The film looks at these questions through touching testimonials.

Sticks and Stones: Words that Hurt and How Young People Can Overcome Them. Jan Padgett. ONF/NFB 2001

Filmed partially at Dickens Elementary School in Vancouver, this resource features students ages 5 to 12 describing how they feel when they hear put-downs of themselves or their families in this video for kids, their educators, and parents. Children learn from subtle clues what society thinks about gender roles, same-sex parents and family differences. The children in Sticks and Stones vividly describe how it feels to be teased when their families don't follow traditional roles. They talk about why bullies indulge in name-calling and what they think should be done about it. Appropriate for grades 4-12.

Lesbian and Gay Parents and their Children: Conference of Charlotte Patterson. Canadian Association of Mental Health, 2001

A presentation on the research about families with same-sex parents, given at the first conference on homoparental families in Quebec.

Our House. Meema Spadola, 2000

A groundbreaking documentary that explores what it's like to grow up with gay or lesbian parents. Traveling to urban, rural and suburban communities in Arizona, Arkansas, New Jersey and New York, director Meema Spadola (the daughter of a lesbian mom and the director of Breasts: A Documentary) profiles the sons and daughters of five families - African American, Latino and white; Mormon, Christian, and Jewish - who illustrate some of the diversity of America's gay and lesbian families.

Our Faces: A Film About Growing Up Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender. Laurie Simons. Educational Videos Plus, Seattle 2000

"Our Faces" is a compassionate look at the lives, trials and joys of LGBT youth, adults and their families through their own eyes. It is intended to raise awareness for people of every sexual orientation and to replace stereotypes about being gay with experiences of real people. It includes a brief professional addendum of the positive experiences of GBLT youth with teachers and counselors, and of counselors speaking about working with GBLT youth

It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues at School. Debra Chasnoff and Helen Cohen. Women's Educational Media, 1997

Described as "funny, touching and fascinating", this groundbreaking, award-winning production presents a powerful case for making anti-gay prejudice an educational issue. Featuring work by elementary / middle school (up to Grade 9) students and interviews with teachers of varied sexual orientations, it demonstrates how elementary schools can successfully address this sensitive area of teaching respect for all. It models excellent teaching about family diversity, name-calling, stereotypes, community-building and more.

Both My Moms Names Are Judy: Children of Lesbians and Gays Speak Out. Lesbian and Gay Parents Association, 1994

Schoolchildren of gay and lesbian parents talk candidly about their families, share their experiences of being teased and express their wishes for an open and accepting environment at school. The workshop manual lays out the considerations and processes for setting up a homophobia program in elementary schools. Appropriate for grades 2-5.

Concordia University "It Gets Better" (November 2010)

The video is inspired by the "It Gets Better Project" - a social movement to give hope to LGBTQ youth. Concordia students and professors, however, pushed the conversation on this topic further and tweaked the formula as "Education makes it better." The core message is that by educating teachers and society, by reporting and stopping harassment, everyone can make a difference to end school bullying.

Le projet, conçu par le Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir, est issu d'une réflexion collective suite aux animations d'ateliers scolaires en région parisienne et dans les Bouches-du-Rhône.
Les ateliers offerts, orientés autour de l'histoire des droits des femmes, des représentations des femmes et des hommes à l'écran, et des stéréotypes (liés au genre, au sexe mais aussi à l'origine, à l'orientation sexuelle ou l'apparence physique) ont mis en évidence la nécessité d'un apprentissage à la lecture et au décryptage d'images couplé à une mise en question et une mise à distance des stéréotypes. C'est en repérant et en questionnant ces stéréotypes à travers des images familières (publicités, films, séries, clips,... ) que les élèves peuvent aborder les relations femmes/hommes sous un jour nouveau, plus respectueux de l'autre dans sa différence, et prendre ainsi du recul par rapport à des modèles dominants auxquels ils sont parfois amenés à s'identifier. Leur objectif a donc été de créer un outil qui privilégie l' éducation à l'image et à la citoyenneté en prenant en compte et en valorisant la diversité.


19 year old Zach Wahls spoke to Iowa State Legislators at a public forum about his experience being raised by a same-sex couple.

Homoparental family in a Texan restaurant) (ABC News report

Endless tears IV : Fertilization and the women seeking treatment (CTV news report about In Vitro fertilization (IVF) - english)

Une pilule, une petite granule (Télé-Québec 2011 : LGBT families)

Francs-tireurs (Télé-Québec 2010 : Quebec, Land of Freedom for LGBT future parents from France - partially shot in France)

Publicité ILGA (The International Lesbian and Gay Association)

"Mon petit mec et moi" (french videoclip)

"C'est quoi l'amour" (1/2 - french TV show - TF1)

"C'est quoi l'amour" (1/2 - french TV show - TF1)

La vie en rose (1/2 - Radio-Canada TV show "109" - lesbians seen by men)

La vie en rose (2/2 - Radio-Canada TV show "109" - lesbians seen by men)

Bringing home babies - 2 dads (1/4 - US TV show)

Bringing home babies - 2 dads (2/4 - US TV show)

Bringing home babies - 2 dads (3/4 - US TV show)

Bringing home babies - 2 dads (4/4 - US TV show)

Deux papas à Manhattan (1/6 - french TV show - France 3)

Deux papas à Manhattan (2/6 - french TV show - France 3)

Deux papas à Manhattan (3/6 - french TV show - France 3)

Deux papas à Manhattan (4/6 - french TV show - France 3)

Deux papas à Manhattan (5/6 - french TV show - France 3)

Deux papas à Manhattan (6/6 - french TV show - France 3)

The L Word - Shane and Paige talks about homosexuality with Shay classmates.

Chanson "Twee vaders" (deux papas) by Terence (Netherlands)