Relevant Films and Sources


Relevant Films: Sexual Orientation

  • Beauty Before Age: Growing Older in Gay Culture (22 min., New Day Films).
    An award-winning documentary that explores attitudes held by a diverse group of gay men about the process of aging.
  • Assault on Gay America (60 min., PBS Video). 
    Frontline's Forrest Sawyer interviews experts on sexual prejudice, as well as the friends, family members, and accused killer of Billy Jack Gaither, who was murdered in a violent hate crime in Alabama in 1999.
  • It’s Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School (78 min., New Day Films).
    An award-winning documentary that provides the perspective of schoolchildren on the issue of whether and how gay issues should be addressed in the schools. Teachers and students discuss how to respond to and avoid teaching gay stereotypes (study guide available).


Relevant Films: Gender

  • Sexism in Language: Thief of Honor, Shaper of Lies (20 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences). 
    This video analyzes sexism in everyday language use, including song lyrics, newspaper reports, and conversation.
  • Half the Sky: The Women of the Jiang Family (50 min., Bullfrog Films).
    This film examines dramatic changes in gender roles in China through the story of four generations of women in the Jiang family.
  • Man Oh Man (18 min., New Day Films).
    Explores the socialization of boys in American culture.
  • Still Killing Us Softly (30 min., Cambridge Documentary Films).
    Jean Kilbourne uses print media in the United States and Canada to explore images of women and the effect of these images on men.
  • Gender and the Interpretation of Emotion (25 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences). 
    A look at empirical research on gender differences in the perception of emotional expression.
  • Our Honor and His Glory: Honor Killing (28 min., Filmakers Library).
    Documents two cases of honor killings, in which women are murdered by male relatives for tarnishing the family’s moral reputation.
  • Paradise Bent (50 min., Filmakers Library).
    An exploration of the lives of Samoan fa'afafines, boys who are raised as girls, and how their traditional role has been impacted by Westernization.
  • Dreamworlds (55 min., Kinetic Films). 
    Presents a jarring content analysis of images of women in music videos. Contains some disturbing images from the film The Accused.


Relevant Sources

  • Cass, V. C. (1984). Homosexual identity formation: Testing a theoretical model. Journal of Sex Research, 20, 143–167.
  • Eliason, M. J., & Schope, R. (2007). Shifting sands or solid foundation? Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identity formation. In I. H. Meyer & M. E. Northridge (Eds.), The health of sexual minorities: Public health perspectives on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations (pp. 3-26). New York, NY: Springer.
  • D’Augell, A. R. (1994). Identity development and sexual orientation: Toward a model of lesbian, gay, and bisexual development. In E. J. Trickett, R. J. Watts, & D. Birman (Eds.), Human diversity: Perspectives on people in context (pp. 312–333). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Rosario, M., Schrimshaw, E. W., Hunter, J., & Braun, L. (2006). Sexual identity development among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths: Consistency and change over time. Journal of Sex Research43(1), 46–58.
  • McCarn, S. R., & Fassinger, R. E. (1996). Revisioning sexual minority identity formation: A new model of lesbian identity and its implications. Counseling Psychologist24, 508–534.
  • Thompson, E. M., & Morgan, E. M. (2008). “Mostly straight” young women: Variations in sexual behavior and identity development. Developmental Psychology44(1), 15–21.
  • Herek, G. M., & Garnets, L. D. (2007). Sexual orientation and mental health. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology3, 353–375.
  • O’Neil, M. E., McWhirter, E. H., & Cerezo, A. (2008). Transgender identities and gender variance in vocational psychology: Recommendations for practice, social advocacy, and research. Journal of Career Development34(3), 286–308.
  • American Counseling Association. (2010). Competencies for counseling with transgender clients. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling4(3–4), 135–159. doi:10.1080/15538605.2010.524839
  • Henkin, W. A. (2001). Coming out trans: Questions of identity for therapists working with transgendered individuals. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 11. Retrieved from
  • Riley, E. A., Wong, W. T., & Sitharthan, G. (2011). Counseling support for the forgotten transgender community. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services23(3), 395–410. doi:10.1080/10538720.2011.590779
  • Bockting, W. O., Knudson, G., & Goldberg, J. M. (2006). Counseling and mental health care for transgender adults and loved ones. International Journal of Transgenderism9(3–4), 35–82. doi:10.1300/J485v09n03_03
  • Dickey, L. M., & Loewy, M. I. (2010). Group work with transgender clients. Journal for Specialists in Group Work35(3), 236–245. doi:10.1080/01933922.2010.492904
  • Israel, T., Gorcheva, R., Burnes, T. R., & Walther, W. A. (2008). Helpful and unhelpful therapy experiences of LGBT clients. Psychotherapy Research18(3), 294–305.
  • Kirk, J., & Belovics, R. (2008). Understanding and counseling transgender clients. Journal of Employment Counseling45(1), 29–43.
  • Maguen, S., Shipherd, J. C., & Harris, H. N. (2005). Providing culturally sensitive care for transgender patients. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice12(4), 479–490. doi:10.1016/S1077-7229(05)80075-6
  • Singh, A. A., Hays, D. G., & Watson, L. S. (2011). Strength in the face of adversity: Resilience strategies of transgender individuals. Journal of Counseling and Development89(1), 20–27.
  • Killermann, S. (2013). The social justice advocate’s handbook: A guide to gender. Austin, TX: Impetus Books.
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health. (2012). Standards of care for the health of transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people, version 7. International Journal of Transgenderism, 13, 165–232. doi:10.1080/15532739.2011.700873
  • Walker, J. A., & Prince, T. (2010). Training considerations and suggested counseling interventions for LGBT individuals. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling4(1), 2–17.