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Inside The Beauty Bubble

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USA
Enter a pastel dreamland of 3,000 vintage beauty artifacts in the desert community of Joshua Tree, California. Meet "America's hairstorian" Jeff Hafler, as he struggles to keep his roadside attraction afloat during a remarkable year that changes his life and the lives of his husband and son.

Small Congratulations

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Canada
After quitting hockey as an embarrassed pre-teen, Izzy, a queer writer from Toronto, tells the story of joining a women’s community league to gain confidence and access to a community they deeply value.

The Letter Men

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USA
Based on the largest collection of queer love letters from WWII, The Letter Men is a window into the untold true story of two gay men desperately in love but torn apart by war.

Surviving Voices—The Black Community & AIDS

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USA
Short documentary focusing on how 40+ years into the pandemic AIDS still impacts black communities across the U.S. Winner of the Jury Award at the SF Queer Film Fest 2022.

CANS Can't Stand

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USA
For forty years, police and prosecutors have weaponized Louisiana's Crime Against Nature by Solicitation (CANS) law to terrorize queer/trans Louisianians. CANS Can't Stand follows a group of Black trans women in New Orleans who are fighting to repeal that law—and advance trans liberation across the state.

The House of LaBeija

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USA
The House of LaBeija is a short documentary film featuring members of the prominent ballroom family, the House of LaBeija. The House of LaBeija is the first ballroom house–established in 1972 by Crystal LaBeija. The film pays homage to the House of LaBeija through a series of letters from its members and features original music composition from Manhattanite, Khalif Diouf, formerly known as Le1F. In 2022 the House of LaBeija’s members continue the tradition of being a safe space for transgender women, a safe space for queer people, and a safe space for those who need one. They are family and New York City is their home.

Oral History

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USA
The true love story behind New Orleans' last remaining gay leather bar.

A Life of Honor

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USA
When Joseph Patton joined the Navy in 1955, he recalls serving in silence, as the LGBTQIA+ community could not be open while in the military. Despite being the “perfect sailor,” Joseph was kicked out of the Navy for being friends with gay service members, under the assumption that he was homosexual. Due to the status of his “undesirable discharge,” Joseph was unable to receive any benefits for his service in the Navy. Years later, Joseph came to StoryCorps to reflect on his journey and share his resilience, as he fought and successfully changed his status to “honorable discharge.”