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*Feb 4, 11, 18, & 25. All screenings are free to the public
and presented for educational purposes.
Seating is limited.

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THE DEATH & LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (2017)
Run time: 1:45min

Transgender people often endure disproportionate violence simply for their gender identity.

Imagine being an out, trans activist … in the 1960s.

Marsha P. Johnson dedicated her life to advocating for LGBT rights. Johnson was a leader in the Stonewall uprising and she helped found the Gay Liberation Front and the one of the world’s first trans-rights organizations, S.T.A.R.

In 1992, Johnson went missing. Her body was later found in the Hudson River, and police thought she had committed suicide. But friends suspected foul play. Now a new documentary explores Johnson’s work and mysterious death.

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THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF DISCO (2017)
Run time: 34:27

In the four plus decades since disgruntled Chicago radio DJ Steve Dahl commandeered a baseball stadium for a Disco Demolition Night where fans tossed around homophobic and racist epithets while destroying records, there’s been notable social progress.

This progress is the lens that makes Noah Lefevre’s Polyphonic video essay The Untold History of Disco, and other investigations into the racial and sexual underpinnings of disco possible.

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OUT: THE GLENN BURKE STORY
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tart time: 1:12min

It's a baffling and depressing thought. Even with thousands of professional athletes competing in baseball, basketball, football and hockey over the past several years - many of whom are almost undoubtedly homosexual - not a single one has played a single game as a Black and openly gay man.
Burke was a Oakland native and basketball and baseball star at Berkeley High in the late 1960s and early 1970's.
"Out: The Glenn Burke Story," delves deeply into the meteoric rise to the pros during the 1970's and the tragic ramifications when he stopped being guarded about his private life, becoming the first Major League baseball Player to come out of the closet. We are proud to present this documentary that tells the story of the Center's clinic namesake. 

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PARIS IS BURNING (1990)
Run time: 76min

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

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TOUNGES UNTIED (1989)
Run time: 1:34min

In Memory Of artist/activist, Blackberri & Filmmaker Marlon Riggs

Filmed in Oakland, San Francisco and New York, and made, in director Marlon Riggs’s own words, to “shatter the nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference,” this radical blend of documentary and performance defies the stigmas surrounding Black gay sexuality in the belief that, as long as shame prevails, liberation cannot be possible. Through music and dance, words and poetry by such pathbreaking writers as Essex Hemphill and Joseph Beam—and by turns candid, humorous, and heartbreaking interviews with queer African American men—Tongues Untied gives voice to what it means to live as an outsider in both a Black community rife with homophobia and a largely white gay subculture poisoned by racism. A lightning rod in the culture wars of the 1980s that incited a right-wing furor over public funding for the arts, the film has lost none of its life-affirming resonance.
 

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THE INSPECTION  (2022)
Run time: 1:34min

Based on a true story, a  young, Black gay man with few options for his future decides to join the Marines, willing to do whatever it takes to prove himself to his estranged mother and triumph in a system that would otherwise cast him aside. However, even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the grueling rigor of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength and support in this new community, giving him a hard-won sense of belonging that shapes his identity and forever changes his life.

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HOUSE MUSIC HISTORY

CAN YOU FEEL IT: THE BLACK QUEER ORGINS OF HOUSE & TECHNO  (2018)
Run time: 60min

This document takes an in-depth look at one of the pillars of a scene that has gone from a Black and Latino gay underground movement to a global phenomenon, tells the story of the origins and development of the music itself, how clubs became the most important cultural entertainment spaces of our era and finally the extraordinary rise of the DJ from awkward sideman to the world's biggest music stars. Our cast list boasts a defining list of dance's pioneers, innovators and biggest stars alongside a killer soundtrack. As Marshall Jefferson says, "You gotta have house music all night long".

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BUTCH MYSTIQUE: (2003)

In Memory of Hazel Wesson
Run time: 60min

Oakland based filmmaker Debra Wilson, exposes the rules, thoughts, passions, and concerns of African American butch-stud identified lesbians. Women from varying backgrounds--mothers, activists, artists--share raw, powerful, and intimate thoughts on being outside the norm, being powerful butch identified women, and being themselves."-

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MY LIFE AS A BLACK INTERSEX MAN
Run time: 14min

Roshaante Andersen was born intersex. Intersex is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. Roshaante was born with a vagina and internal testicles. He did not find out he was intersex until he was 11 years old. In this interview he takes us through growing up as intersex, why he chose to live as a man, and what sex feels like with both genders.
Production: LADbible.TV

ARE BLACK TRANS MEN INVISIBLE (2018)
Run time: 4:23min

Two men share their stories about being black and transgender from realization, to transitioning, and their lives now.
Production: The Root

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JEWEL'S CATCH ONE: (2016)
Run time: 60min

Oakland JEWEL'S CATCH ONE directed by filmmaker C. Fitz celebrates the legacy of a legendary Los Angeles nightclub, Catch One, and the life-changing impact its owner who is a Blac Lesbian, Jewel Thais-Williams, had on her community breaking down racial and cultural barriers and building the oldest black-owned disco in America. Jewel's story celebrates music, fashion, celebrities and activism that helped changed the course of our country.

One of the original safe spaces for disenfranchised communities, The Catch also served as a refuge for many during the AIDS crisis. As the club grew to become known as the unofficial "Studio 54 of the West Coast." This space was a refuge for thousands of people from all walks of life. As the Club's fame grew so did its opposition during the late 1970's and 1980's. In 1985 in the midst of many of its patrons facing the AIDS Crisis Jewel's Catch One was a victim of arson. However with the roof burned off and a cash offer turned down, Jewel vowed to re-build. She faced much opposition again, this time by the very City she called home. Jewel became a national model for how to fight discrimination and serve the less fortunate as she fought tirelessly against racism, homophobia, and hate for over 4 decades and kept Catch One's doors open to everyone.

 

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