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In the third installment of their #FiveFilms4Freedom, the British Council is sharing the love with short films focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer Britons. The "freedom" comes from the hope that if LGBTQ people find a lifeline in these touching accounts, and others see a common humanity, the world can move more quickly to protect the rights of sexual minorities everywhere. That's the hope at least. 

We're just grateful that the Council is making these films available— on YouTube, for most of us, and on YouKu for everyone trapped on this side of the Great Firewall.  


1. Heavy Weight

What's an LGBTQ film series without a hunky athlete who finds himself head-over-heels for another guy? Jace Moody and Chuku Modu star in Jonny Ruff's 12-minute exploration of gym lust. 


2. Where We Are Now

The world finally seems ready to acknowledge transgender people without all the tragicomedy. Here Lucie Rachel offers a touching portrait of a young woman and her trans parent, exploring how the transition has affected each. Realness. 


3. Still Burning

You thought voguing came and went with Madge? Grrl, please. Sky Ninja guides us into the renaissance of the performance culture that creates community and survival for marginalized youth. It's even more fierce and necessary than what you saw in Paris is Burning.


4. Jamie

In the age of Grindr and Blued, it should be easy for a teen a discover what makes him happy, right? The shy loner at the heart of Christopher Manning's nine-minute short spends an afternoon with one such internet find, seeking something more elusive.


5. Crush

All the sweet anxieties of youthful romance come rushing back to life, in this short coming-of-age story of a girl's first same-sex attraction. No matter how much of youth is frightfully modern, some things remain the same. 

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Adam Robbins is a former Managing Editor for City Weekend Beijing. After leaving small town Maine for an education at Harvard and UT Austin, he moved on to Minnesota to help win marriage equality. Before traveling on to Shenzhen, he spent three years helping the Beijing LBGT Center, Beijing Gender, and other LGBT institutions survive this period of scrutiny and restriction.



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