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A Single Man
Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Publication Date: 2010
After the death of his longtime partner, a British college professor in Los Angeles struggles to find meaning in his life. As he dwells in the past, he begins to contemplate suicide. A series of events and encounters will lead him to question if there really is a meaning to his life after all.

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Albert Nobbs
Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Publication Date: 2012
A woman passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making.

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Angels in America
Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Publication Date: 2003
Set in 1985. Revolves around two very different men with AIDS, one fictional, one fictionalized. Roy Cohn, personifies all the hypocrisy, delusion and callousness of the official response to the plague. Nothing shakes Roy's lack of empathy: even on his death bed, he's fighting with his gay nurse and taunting the woman he helped put to death, Ethel Rosenberg. The other patient is Prior Walter, who is visited by an angel and deserted by his self-pitying lover, Louis. Louis moves on to a relationship with Joe Pitt, a Mormon lawyer whose closeted homosexuality drives his wife to delusions and brings his mother to New York.

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Beginners
Call Number: DVD MOVIE COMEDY
Publication Date: 2011
A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.

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Blue is the Warmest Color
Call Number: DVD MOVIE FOREIGN
Publication Date: 2014
The colorful, electrifying romance that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm courageously dives into a young woman's experiences of first love and sexual awakening.

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Cloud Atlas
Call Number: DVD MOVIE SCIFI
Publication Date: 2013
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. The story is a time-shifting weave of six interlinking narratives, with diverse settings from the savagery of a Pacific Island in the 1850s to a dystopian Korea of the near future.

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Dallas Buyers Club
Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Publication Date: 2014
Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof's free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive. Shunned and ostracized by many old friends and bereft of government-approved medicines, he decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, he joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts and established a hugely successful "buyers' club."

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Dear White People
Call Number: DVD MOVIE COMEDY
A sharp and funny comedy about a group of African-American students as they navigate campus life and racial boundaries at a predominately white college. A sly, provocative satire about being a black face in a white place.

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I Love You Phillip Morris
Call Number: DVD MOVIE COMEDY
Publication Date: 2011
A true story of a spectacularly charismatic con man's journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam, all in the name of love.

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Kill Your Darlings
Publication Date: 2014
A true story of friendship, love and murder ... recounts the pivotal year that changed Allen Ginsberg's life forever and provided the spark for him to start his creative revolution.

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Life Partners
Publication Date: 2015
At 29, the most long-term relationship Sasha and Paige have ever been in is with each other, using their co-dependent friendship as an excuse not to venture out into the dating world alone. But when Paige meets nerdy Tim and starts to get serious for the first time, the nature of their friendship begins to shift. Fearing she's being cast aside, Sasha tries to keep their relationship the same, but does growing up also mean growing apart?

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Love is Strange
Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Publication Date: 2015
After nearly four decades together, Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job, the couple must sell their apartment and temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. George moves in with two cops who live down stairs while Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew, his wife, and their teenage son. While struggling with the pain of separation, they are challenged by the tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.

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Milk
Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Publication Date: 2009
His life changed history, his courage changed lives. Harvey Milk is a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, becomes a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he is elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977, the first openly-gay man to be elected to public office in the United States. The following year, both he and the city's mayor, George Moscone, are shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blames his former colleagues for denying White's attempt to rescind his resignation from the board. Based on the true story of Harvey Milk.

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Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!
Publication Date: 2014
A Jewish family struggles to come to terms with the fact that their son is gay after he comes out of the closet at his cousin's wedding. Every attempt to understand their son's lifestyle and keep it a secret ends in failure when he and his partner try to adopt a child, blowing the lid off the closet door.

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Philomena
Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Publication Date: 2013
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee, mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock--something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of--and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith, a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.

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Pride
Publication Date: 2014
U.K. gay activists work to assist miners during their extended strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Call Number: DVD MOVIE COMEDY
Publication Date: 2012
When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to 'outsource' their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways.

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The Imitation Game
Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Publication Date: 2015
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of "gross indecency," an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality - little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, "The Imitation Game" a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.

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The Kids are All Right
Call Number: DVD MOVIE COMEDY
Publication Date: 2010
Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. They have two teen-aged children, Joni, who is Nic's biological child, and Laser, who is Jules' biological child. A big-hearted, sexy and uproariously funny movie that combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth.

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Call Number: DVD MOVIE ACTION
Publication Date: 2013
Clary Fray, a seemingly ordinary teenager, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary joins forces with a group of Shadowhunters who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York City called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Publication Date: 2013
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the wildly popular novel by Stephen Chbosky about a freshman named Charlie who is always watching from the sidelines until a pair of charismatic seniors takes him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam and her fearless stepbrother Patrick shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the quest for the perfect song

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The Skeleton Twins
Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Publication Date: 2014
Maggie and Milo are estranged twins who are reunited after ten years of being apart. Follow their unforgettable journey to reconnect, as they realize that the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.

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The Way He Looks
Publication Date: 2015
A fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love. Leo is a blind teenager who's fed up with his overprotective mother and the bullies at school. Looking to assert his independence, he decides to study abroad to the dismay of his best friend, Giovana. When Gabriel, the new kid in town, teams with Leo on a school project, new feelings blossom in him that make him reconsider his plans.

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Tomboy
Call Number: DVD FOREIGN
Publication Date: 2012
Laure is 10 years old and a tomboy. On arrival in a new neighborhood, she lets Lisa and her crowd believe that she is a boy. Summer becomes a big playground and Laure pretends to be "Mikael", a boy like the others, different enough to get the attention of Lisa, who falls in love with him. Laure takes advantage of her new identity as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret.

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Call Number: DVD MOVIE FOREIGN
Publication Date: 2014
In this madcap and lighthearted comedic romp, introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage with his wife Feng, upon learning of her desire to have another baby. At his sister's engagement party, Weichung bumps into an old friend, Stephen, a wedding photographer who, though also married, is living the high life of a younger, single gay man. When Stephen teases Weichung for his newly straightlaced lifestyle, dormant emotions are awakened in Weichung, setting him off on a quest for true romance and desire.

 

TV series

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Publication Date: 2014
Jake Peralta is a Brooklyn detective with a gift for closing cases and little respect for authority. When no-nonsense commanding officer Raymond Holt joins the 99th precinct with something to prove, the two go head-to-head.

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Brothers and Sisters
Call Number: DVD TV DRAMA
Enter the complex world of the Walkers and explore what it means to be an American family in the 21st century. Though they live very different and conflicting lives, the Walkers find unity under the family roof. Relationships bend but never break as they strive to find their own identities and embrace each other's differences.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 4
Call Number: DVD TV SCIFI BUFFY
Buffy's initial trouble adjusting to college life is soon overcome when she discovers the only difference between high school and college is that the monsters are bigger and badder.

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Degrassi, the Next Generation
Call Number: YA DVD DRAMA DEGRASSI
Centers around the lives of students who attend the Degrassi Community School and deal with the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

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Glee
Call Number: DVD TV MUSICAL
Publication Date: 2010
A talented group of high school misfits transforms into a performing sensation with the help of a dedicated teacher. Through laughter, tears, irreverent humor, and unforgettable music, they learn to follow their hearts and chase their dreams.

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Happy Endings
Call Number: DVD TV COMEDY
Publication Date: 2011
A couple who break up on their wedding day force their friends to pick a side.

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L Word, Season 1
Call Number: DVD TV DRAMA L
A group of lesbian and bisexual women experience life in Los Angeles.

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Last Tango in Halifax - PBS
Call Number: DVD TV DRAMA
Publication Date: 2012
Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited on the internet after nearly 60 years. Their relationship is a celebratory tale of the power of love at any age. But this is also a story about family, and with family comes baggage. Celia's respectable, head teacher daughter Caroline is juggling bringing up two boys and dealing with her husband's infidelity, while Alan's daughter Gillian works to make a living on her farm.

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Looking, Season 1
Call Number: DVD TV COMEDY LOOKING
The series revolves around three thirty-something friends living in San Francisco, who explore the exciting, sometimes overwhelming, options available to a new generation of gay men. Patrick is a 29-year-old video game designer, aspiring artist AgustnĖ•, 31, questions the idea of monogamy, and the group's oldest member, longtime waiter Dom, 39, is facing middle age with dreams still unfulfilled.

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Mad Men
Call Number: DVD TV DRAMA
Publication Date: 2008
In the glamorous and ego-driven world of advertising, everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems. Set in 1960 New York, this series reveals the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue's "Golden Age," where key players make an art of the sell while their private world gets sold. And no one plays the game better than Don Draper, the biggest ad man--and ladies' man--in the business.

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Masters of Sex
Call Number: DVD TV DRAMA
Publication Date: 2014
Chronicles the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Masters, a successful OB/GYN, is conducting a secret study of human sexuality. Soon, he meets Virginia Johnson, a former nightclub singer who is now part of the hospital secretarial staff. He enlists her help with his study, and she quickly proves to be an asset to Masters' work. Together, they delve deeper than anyone before them into the science of sex and later become participants in their own research.

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Modern Family
Call Number: DVD TV COMEDY MODERN
Publication Date: 2010
Modern Family takes a refreshing and funny view of what it means to raise a family in this hectic day and age. Multicultural relationships, adoption, and same-sex marriage are just a few of the timely issues faced by the show's three wildly-diverse broods. No matter the size or shape, family always comes first in this hilariously 'modern' look at life, love, and laughter.

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Orange is the New Black, Season 1
Call Number: DVD TV DRAMA ORANGE
Brooklynite Piper Chapman, whose wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.

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Orphan Black - BBC
Call Number: DVD TV DRAMA
Publication Date: 2013
Sarah is on the run from a bad relationship when a lookalike stranger commits suicide right in front of her. Sarah sees a solution to all her problems by assuming the dead woman's identity and clearing out her bank account. Instead, she stumbles into a thriller mystery, and uncovers an earth-shattering secret: she is a clone. She learns there are more like her, genetically identical individuals, nurtured in wildly different circumstances, and someone is trying to kill them off, one by one.

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Pretty Little Liars
Call Number: DVD TV DRAMA PRETTY
Publication Date: 2011
Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets.

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Shameless
Call Number: DVD TV COMEDY
Publication Date: 2011
Meet the fabulously dysfunctional Gallagher family. Dad's a drunk, Mom split long ago, eldest daughter Fiona tries to hold the family together. Eldest son Philip (Lip) trades his physics tutoring skills for sexual favors from neighborhood girls. Middle son Ian is gay. Youngest daughter Debbie is stealing money from her UNICEF collection. Ten-year-old Carl is a budding sociopath and an arsonist, and toddler Liam is, well, he might actually be black, but nobody has a clue how.

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Skins - BBC
Publication Date: 2009
Follows a group of raucous teenagers who get high, get drunk, get laid and then, get up for school. Tony is the best looking boy in town. Sid is his sidekick who is less successful with the ladies, that is until bonkers anorexic case Cassie turns up. Sid's in love with Michelle, the school fittie, who goes out with Tony. Jal is a sassy musician who likes to party with Chris, Maxxie and Anwar.

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Torchwood
Call Number: DVD TV SCIFI
Separate from the government, outside the police, beyond the United Nations: Torchwood sets its own rules. Led by the enigmatic, ever watchful Captain Jack Harkness, the Torchwood team delves into the unknown and fights the impossible."--

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True Blood
The small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana boasts a wide array of colorful locals. Sookie Stackhouse is a sweet and innocent waitress who hides her powerful ability to read minds. Bill Compton is a 173 year-old vampire who's just moved back to town. Sookie's brother Jason is a ladies' man who can't seem to stay out of trouble. Tough-as-nails Tara is Sookie's loyal best friend and Sam is the owner of Merlotte's who tries to keep his feelings for Sookie to himself. Lafayette is a man about town who's always cooking up something illicit.

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United States of Tara
Call Number: DVD TV COMEDY
Publication Date: 2009
Tara Gregson is a wife and mother with dissociative identity disorder (DID). After deciding to go off her medication to discover the real cause of her disorder, her alternate personalities re-emerge. T is a wild and flirty teenager; Alice is an old-fashioned housewife; and Buck is a male, loud, beer-drinking Vietnam Vet. Tara is supported by Max, her calm and level-headed husband; Kate, her somewhat troubled teenage daughter; and Marshall, her quirky, good-hearted gay son. Her sister, Charmaine, is not so supportive, often expressing her doubt about the validity of Tara's disorder.

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Vicious - PBS
Publication Date: 2014
Tells the comedic story of ageing partners Freddie and Stuart, two men who have lived together in their Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Freddie was a budding actor and Stuart worked in a bar when they first met, but their careers are pretty much over and their lives now consist of entertaining their frequent guests, making sure that their aged dog Balthazar is still breathing, and hurling caustic insults at each other.

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Warehouse 13
Call Number: DVD TV SCIFI WAREHOUSE
After saving the life of the president, two top Secret Service agents find themselves abruptly transferred to Warehouse 13, a massive, top-secret storage facility in the badlands of South Dakota that houses U.S. government. Now the pair, off-the-cuff Agent Pete Lattimer and by-the-book Agent Myka Bering, must chase down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects for their eccentric new boss, Artie Nielsen, to safeguard at the Warehouse.

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