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An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.

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Tammy Baldwin ...
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Wayne Barrett ...
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Elizabeth Birch ...
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Chris Bull ...
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John Byrne ...
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David Catania ...
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Gary Cathey ...
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Steve Clemons ...
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Mark Cromer ...
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Kirk Fordham ...
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Larry Gross ...
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Patrick Guerriero ...
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An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.

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Do Ask. Do Tell. See more »

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Rated R for some language and sexual references
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24 April 2009 (USA)  »

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$32,589 (USA) (8 May 2009)

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$44,416 (USA) (27 January 2012)
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Footage of David Dreier and Brad Smith that appears in the film was shot candidly by Becky Altringer, the private investigator who figures prominently in Kirby Dick's previous documentary, This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006). Dick (wearing a striped shirt) can be seen in the footage of Dreier and Smith, sitting behind them at the café, along with producer Tanner King Barklow. See more »

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persuasive
21 May 2009 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I walked into this film with quite a bit of ambivalence on "outting" anyone regarding their sexual orientation. True, it would be nice to live in a world where that isn't or shouldn't be an issue.

The phenomenon of "interalized self-hatred" is something I was introduced to in the early 1990's. It may not be the reason someone--in particular a closeted homosexual--takes a position on a particular political issue, yet this film lines up a number of politicians and people who work in Washington's legislative community and lays out quite convincingly the argument that bigotry indeed is at work in our Nation's capitol, and the suppression of a group of people's rights is achieved through collusion with people who cannot or will not be honest with themselves or the people they represent.

Does exposing these individuals accomplish anything other than the satisfaction of calling a spade a spade? This film makes the case that, yes, in more than a few cases it is worthwhile.

A superb example of the art of film-making, together with passionate testimony from people on one side of a fence that often aren't covered in the mainstream press, this is one of the better documentaries of the decade. I was a convert by the time I walked out of this film.


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