Over the past few years I have been teaching a course that looks at LGBTQ history and contemporary struggles through screening and analyzing documentary films. The class is designed to see the connections between homophobia, transphobia, racism, classism, sexism and the struggle for global human rights. During the semester each student creates a Zine.
A Zine is a noncommercial often homemade or online publication. Zines have roots in the social and political activism of the 1960’s.
In this showcase you will journey through the work of undergraduate students as they explore their identity and their response to some of the films screened in the class. Some are created using paper, some computer generated and other videos
“To Be Out”
“May the Power of Black Queerness Be With You”
Summary of famous black gay people, giving representation for the black gay community.
“When Love Meets Silence in “Gen Silent”
A zine about the documentary “Gen Silent” directed by Stu Maddux.
“Hisploration: The History of LGBT Documentaries and My Own History With My Sexuality and Gender Identity”
This zine explored some of the films we watched in the LGBT Doc class and using the basic themes of the films, I compared and contrasted it with the history of my identity.
“Stonewall walked so the LGBTQ Movement Could Run”
Paying homage to where the LGBTQ activism began in my hometown. EVERY tree has roots.
“LGBTQ+ Art Magazine”
A magazine that features notable LGBTQ artists, their artwork, and their influence on the community.
“How Did You Know I Was Gay?”
In an effort to understand how I was viewed while in and out of the closet, I asked my family and friends, “how did you know I was gay?”
“Posters For Pride”
Marc Ella Roy
A zine of posters create for three of the LGBTQ-centered documentaries we viewed in class.
An attempt to transpire who I am and the journey I’ve been on.
A zine discussing my process of coming out.
“Man on High Heels: A Transgender Action Hero”
An analysis of the South Korean film, A Man on High Heels, from the lens of a trans-girl who happens to be a fan of hyper-violent crime thrillers.
“LGBTQ Representation In Government”
A summarization of barrier breaking LGBTQ elected officials in the United States.
“Jackson Heights: Infamously Queer”
This zine explores a bit of the LGBTQ+ history in Jackson Heights, Queens.
“Exposé of Queer Black Bodies”
“LGBTQ In Korea”
Sang Kon O
This is a series of words and images highlighting the often negative representation of LGBTQ people and characters in television in the 80’s and 90’s, mostly involving the exploitation of transgender individuals, and reflects how commonly accepted these negative stereotypes were by many during that time.
My zine is a collection of poems and short stories that were inspired by Professor Gold’s class and my experiences as a student, bisexual woman and living in New York City.