Eric Patterson, associate professor of English and American studies, is presenting a film series in conjunction with his course, “Sex Minorities in America,” which gives insight as to how sexuality in America has transformed during the past 60 years or so. The course and the films pay particular attention to the lives of people outside the “straight” sexual orientation.
Most of the films are ones that many have never heard of, nor know even exist. The movies depict the lives of both homosexual and heterosexual people in documentaries, as well as in fictional films based on true events. All films are shown in Demarest 14 at 7 p.m. The films are also on reserve in the library for students who are not able to attend the showings.
The last film of the semester will be shown on April 11. “Soldier’s Girl” is a drama about a soldier with a good name that was murdered because he was in love with a transgender individual.
The first film, shown on February 1, was called “Advise and Consent.” A drama about a homophobic scandal in the political community, it depicted blackmail and political competition at its worst in the United States government. It was based on accusations of homosexuality in those who were on opposing sides of the argument.
“The Times of Harvey Milk”, was shown later in February, and inspired the recent popular movie “Milk,” with Sean Penn, James Franco, and Josh Brolin. It is another film about struggles in day to day life with homosexuality in the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly-gay man elected to public office.