Armistead Maupin at typewriter in the 1970s, from Untold Tales
Test Your Knowledge

December 18, 2017

Take the Armistead Maupin and Tales of the City Pop Quiz!

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How much do you know about Armistead Maupin and about his beloved Tales of the City series? Are you a Maupin superfan? Take this quiz we created for both for longtime…...

Real Boy filmmaker Shaleece Haas

June 16, 2017

Real Boy Director Shaleece Haas on Filming a Family in Flux

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Documentary filmmaker Shaleece Haas has made several acclaimed shorts, worked as an editorial photographer and radio producer, and was a founding staff member of the national oral history project StoryCorps.…...

Joe and Bennett in front of Eronel music venue
Where Are They Now?

June 15, 2017

Real Boy Updates from Bennett, His Mom Suzy, Joe Stevens and Dylan

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After you see the film Real Boy [premiering on PBS June 19 at 10pm; check local listings], you may be interested to hear from the main players involved. We recently…...

Joe Stevens and his band Coyote Grace, on stage (courtesy the film Real Boy)
Beyond the Films

June 09, 2017

12 Trans Musicians Carving Their Own Identities

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

Real Boy is the portrait of Bennett, who is undergoing gender reassignment surgery, and his mom's struggle to process the change, but it's also the portrait of a young musician…...

Tony Sullivan in the living room of the home he shared with late partner Richard Adams for decades
Where Are They Now?

June 08, 2016

United States Officially Recognizes Tony Sullivan and Richard Adams’s Marriage

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[caption id="attachment_13457" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Tony Sullivan in the living room of his Hollywood apartment that he shared with his husband of 37 years. (Photo via The Pride LA by Jon Viscott)[/caption]…...

Tony Sullivan with arm around husband Richard Adams.

June 29, 2015

Tony Sullivan and Limited Partnership Producer React to Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality

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Naturally, when news of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality came down, a 5-4 vote that the Constitution guarantees a right to same sex marriage, our thoughts immediately turned…...

Limited Partnership director Tom Miller (left), and producer Kirk Marcolina

June 15, 2015

Limited Partnership Filmmakers Commit Years to Telling Marriage Equality Story

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[caption id="attachment_7004" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Limited Partnership director Tom Miller (left), and producer Kirk Marcolina[/caption] Tom Miller committed a long period of his life — 14 years — to his film…...

May 04, 2015

Telling the Story of Kumu Hina

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[caption id="attachment_835" align="aligncenter" width="1052"] filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer, with Kumu Hina and student[/caption] Kumu Hina, which won the Frameline Jury Award for Achievement in Documentary, was called "a subtle…...

Portrait of Kasey, one of the formerly-homeless teens from The Homestretch.

April 13, 2015

Update: Kasey Checks In

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Kasey, one of the three formerly homeless teens portrayed in The Homestretch who are striving to make a better future for themselves, checked in just today to give us all…...

Kelby, center, and friends, in Bully
Beyond the Films

October 13, 2014

Kelby Johnson Speaks Out Against Bullying

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

Kelby Johnson was one of several students featured in Lee Hirsch's powerful film Bully, which has its television premiere on Independent Lens tonight, Monday October 13 at 10pm [check local listings]. After coming out…...

The New Black filmmaker Yoruba Richen

June 12, 2014

The New Black: Yoruba Richen Expands the Conversation on Marriage Equality

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Yoruba Richen brings to her films a diverse perspective coming from a multifaceted background, all of which came into play when making her new documentary The New Black. The film…...

Karess, Sam and volunteer on Election Day
Film History

June 10, 2014

LGBTQ Pride: Movies That Rocked Their World [Updated]

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June is always LGBTQ Pride Month, and traditionally it's been both a time for reflection on gay history and struggles (originally created to commemorate the Stonewall riots of June 1969), along with…...