BY Brandon Voss
March 11 2011 8:05 PM ET
4. FILM: Tales of the Waria
“A waria is a man,” explains one subject in this touching documentary on Indonesia’s transgender community. “But he has a woman’s soul.” Filmmaker Kathy Huang follows four warias — an HIV-positive ex-prostitute, a stage diva, a proud waria leader, and an ex-waria with a wife and kids — searching for intimacy in the Muslim world. This fascinating exposé premieres March 13 at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival.
3. DVD: A Marine Story
In Ned Farr’s engaging “don’t ask, don’t tell” drama, which earned top honors at Outfest, Dreya Weber stars as Alex, a decorated Marine officer discharged during the Iraq war for being a lesbian. Upon returning to her conservative hometown, our harassed heroine is recruited to help a rebellious teen — out actress Paris Pickard — prepare for boot camp. Luckily, the Karate Kid training allows free time for Alex to pick up girls in gay bars.
2. BOOKS: Untied, Meredith Baxter, and Sing You Home, Jodi Picoult
It’s a lovely month for Lifetime-y lesbian literature. In Untied, a memoir worthy of Oprah’s obsession, the abused woman behind the Family Ties matriarch writes frankly about coming to terms with her sexuality and loving her partner, Nancy Locke. Sing You Home, the first book club selection for the Trevor Project’s TrevorSpace, explores a lesbian couple’s struggle to start a family — a gay rights theme inspired by the author’s gay son.