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Compelling LGBTQ+ Documentaries and Docuseries

Whether shining a light on the AIDS crisis, the depiction of transgender people, or the black queer experience, these documentary films and docuseries help viewers connect to the LGBTQ+ community through education and present queer history and current struggles.

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Gaycation

Elliot and his best friend Ian set off on a personal journey to explore LGBTQ cultures around the world. From Japan to Brazil, Jamaica to America, they discover the multiplicity of LGBTQ experiences, meeting amazing people and hearing their deeply moving stories of struggle and triumph. GAYCATION celebrates the state of LGBTQ identities across the globe.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

As she fights the tide of violence against trans women, activist Victoria Cruz probes the suspicious 1992 death of her friend Marsha P. Johnson.

All in My Family

"All in My Family" is a 2019 American short documentary film directed by Hao Wu. The film follows a traditional family where the son is a gay Chinese man who has chosen to have kids via surrogates.

Welcome to Chechnya

A powerful and eye-opening documentary about a group of activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ persecution in the repressive and closed Russian republic of Chechnya. With unfettered access and a commitment to protecting anonymity, this documentary exposes Chehnya’s underreported atrocities while highlighting a group of people who are confronting brutality head-on. The film follows these LGBTQ activists as they work undercover to rescue victims and provide them with safe houses and visa assistance to escape persecution.

Visible: Out on Television

Explore the history of the American LGBTQ movement through the lens of TV in this five-part docuseries. Combining archival footage with new interviews, the series looks at homophobia, the evolution of LGBTQ characters, and coming out in the TV world.

P.S. Burn This Letter Please

A box found in an abandoned storage unit unearths a time capsule of correspondences from a forgotten era: the underground drag scene in 1950s New York City. Firsthand accounts and newly discovered footage help cast a long overdue spotlight on the unsung pioneers of drag.

Circus of Books

For decades, a nice Jewish couple ran Circus of Books, a porn shop and epicenter for gay LA. Their director daughter documents their life and times.

A Secret Love

Amid shifting times, two women kept their decades-long love a secret. But coming out later in life comes with its own set of challenges.

Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen

An in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stories on transgender lives and American culture.

Hating Peter Tatchell

From Executive Producers Elton John and David Furnish, Hating Peter Tatchell is the powerful and inspiring true story of the controversial human rights campaigner whose provocative acts of civil disobedience rocked the British establishment, revolutionise attitudes to homosexuality and exposed world tyrants. As social attitudes change and history vindicates Peter's stance on gay rights, his David versus Goliath battles gradually win him status as a national treasure. Featuring an amazing array of rare archive and an intimate conversation between celebrated actor Ian McKellen and Peter himself, as well as evocative interviews with the likes of former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, activist Angela Mason, and actor Stephen Fry, this film explores what motivates Peter Tatchell's life-long fight for equality. And it follows Peter now as he embarks on his riskiest crusade yet by seeking to disrupt the FIFA World Cup in Moscow to draw attention to the persecution of LGBT+ people in .

Equal

The gripping and true backstories of the leaders and unsung heroes, pre-Stonewall, who changed the course of American history through their tireless activism.

Transhood

Filmed over five years in Kansas City, this documentary film follows four transgender kids – beginning at ages 4, 7, 12, and 15 – as they redefine “coming of age.”

Amend: The Fight for America

When the United States of America was founded, the ideals of freedom and equality did not apply to all people. These are the stories of the brave Americans who fought to right the nation’s wrongs and enshrine the values we hold most dear into the Constitution — with liberty and justice for all.

Pride (2021)

A six-part documentary series chronicling the fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights in America.