Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the opinion in Obergefell vs. Hodges that protects nationwide same-sex marriage, once maintained very different views. In 1985, Kennedy wrote the decision that forced Australian Tony Sullivan to go underground with his American husband in order to avoid deportation. Learn more about the evolution of Justice Kennedy’s same-sex rulings in …
Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.
A native Hawaiian mahu, or transgender, woman uses traditional culture to create a place in the middle where every student is accepted. Despite the respect and admiration she’s achieved in her community, Hina still longs for true love.
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this documentary takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables to look at how the African American community grapples with the gay rights issue.
June is LGBT Pride Month and we honor the occasion by asking a few filmmakers who’ve made documentaries for Independent Lens to contribute their own picks for the gay-themed films (features or docs) that affected them most profoundly.
A journey into the heart of East Africa, where Ugandan pastors and their American counterparts spread God’s word and evangelical values to millions desperate for a better life. Inspired by his own African American Baptist roots, director Roger Ross Williams explores a place where religion and African culture intersect.
Inspired by his own African American Baptist roots, director Roger Ross Williams explores a place where religion and African culture intersect, as Ugandan and American pastors spread evangelical values to millions desperate for a better life.
Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, who won an Oscar for his short film Music by Prudence, returned to Africa to tell another powerful story in God Loves Uganda. In this interview he talks about his own church-centric upbringing and how he feared for his life while shooting in Africa.
The story of two grassroots coalitions — ACT UP and Treatment Action Group — made up of innovative activists, many of them HIV-positive, who fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams reflects on the premiere of his film “God Loves Uganda” which played January, 18 at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right.
Macky Alston (Hard Road Home) returns to Independent Lens this season with his new film Love Free or Die. We always enjoy a chance to talk with him, and so we sat down to discuss the genesis of his latest work, and the very personal angle from which he chose and profiled his subject.
When AIDS arrived in San Francisco in 1981, it decimated a community, but also brought people together in inspiring and moving ways to support and care for one another and to fight for dignity and a cure.