5 Eye-Opening Films About the LGBT Community

A recent poll showed that almost two-thirds of LGBT peopleáfeel unsafe under the Trump administration.

Here are a few films — documentaries, mainly — that individualsáof all genders and sexual identities can watch to learn more about the LGBT community. I’ve stayed away from documentaries on marriage equality because that topic often overshadows others of equal importance.

Additionaláknowledge means that you will be better equipped to serve asáan LGBT ally, or even as an LGBT individual acting asáan advocate foráother marginalizedácommunities.

1. “Real Boy”

transgenderáteen navigates his transition, as well as family acceptance and growing up, in “Real Boy.”

Released this summer, the film has many heartwarming moments that make it a worthy watch.

2.á”Paris Is Burning”

Twenty-five years ago, “Paris Is Burning” told the story of Harlem drag balls. The monumental film remains essential today, helping viewersáremember the origins of everything from drag queens to “voguing.”

Paris is Burning” is available on Netflix

3. “Pay it No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson”

As the fictional adaptation of theáStonewalláriots demonstrated a few years ago, we forget aálot of critical LGBT history. And Marsha P. Johnson is one of many activists who needs to be remembered.

The colorful New York City resident pioneered important work for transgender rights, as well as HIV/AIDS activism.

Watch “Pay It No Mind” on Youtube for free.

4.á”Out in the Night”

In 2006, a group of African American lesbians fought back against a man who threatened them. “Out in the Night” tells the story of four individuals who pleaded “not guilty” to charges of gang assault and attempted murder.

The film, alongside others like “Free Cece,” makes viewers contemplateáthe harmful intersections between the criminal justice system, racial inequality, homophobia and transphobia.

5. “Bi the Way”

Media rarely coversábisexuality at all, so having a film that focuses on the orientation is instrumental.

Even if “Bi the Way” isn’t too diverse or in-depth, it provides necessary representation. Those who want to know more about the basics of bisexuality and the bigotry against the community should tune in.

Photo Credit: Lam

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Leo C5 days ago

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Carl R6 days ago

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