Segments in this Video

Modern History of Homosexuality (02:54)


The modern history of homosexuality reflects that the journey from shame to pride has been long.

GLBTQ: Neither Choice, Illness, nor Abnormal (02:49)

Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders coexist in a non-accepting prejudicial society.

Sexual Orientation-GLBTQ (04:32)

Labels for sexual orientations include: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning.

Myths and Stereotypes (03:11)

Do gays recruit youth? Can therapy help? Can gays be religious? Can you recognize gays?

Coming Out (06:14)

Coming out encompasses six identified stages: confusion, comparison, tolerance, acceptance, pride, and synthesis.

Family and Support (04:11)

The importance of family acceptance and support and resources include the Internet and hotlines.

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Being Gay: Coming Out in the 21st Century

DVD (Chaptered) Price: $99.95
DVD + 3-Year Streaming Price: $149.93
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Today, while gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders are no longer forced to hide their sexual orientation, there is still prejudice and discrimination which can make coming out a difficult decision. And there are always internal pressures as well. This program presents the accounts and stories of people who have recently taken the step of coming out. Interviewees and experts discuss the benefits of this important transition by examining the six stages of coming to terms with one’s sexual identity. They also look at the dangers of running away from sexual self-acceptance—such as alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide—and how finding support can greatly assist the process. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Cambridge Educational Production. (25 minutes)

Length: 25 minutes

Item#: BVL30935

ISBN: 978-1-4213-1428-0

Copyright date: ©2003

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

2004 Gold World Medal—New York Festivals

“This production will help all teens understand what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.... The video will be an asset to psychology and health classes as well as in counseling situations.”—School Library Journal

“Would work well to introduce the topic and serve as a springboard for further discussion…. Has an important place in personalizing the experiences of GLBT individuals.”—Sexual and Relationship Therapy

“This is the best short introduction to Gay and Lesbian history in the United States.”—Educational Media Reviews Online

Also recommended by Teaching Tolerance.

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