5 Eye-Opening Films About the LGBT Community

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

Here are a few films — documentaries, mainly — that individuals of 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.

Additional knowledge means that you will be better equipped to serve as an LGBT ally, or even as an LGBT individual acting as an advocate for other marginalized communities.

1. “Real Boy”

transgender teen 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. ”Paris Is Burning”

Twenty-five years ago, “Paris Is Burning” told the story of Harlem drag balls. The monumental film remains essential today, helping viewers remember 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 the Stonewall riots demonstrated a few years ago, we forget a lot 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. ”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 contemplate the harmful intersections between the criminal justice system, racial inequality, homophobia and transphobia.

5. “Bi the Way”

Media rarely covers bisexuality 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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Marie W
Marie W23 days ago

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Mike R4 months ago

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Mike R4 months ago

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Mike R4 months ago

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Carl R
Carl R5 months ago

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Jessica C
Jessica C5 months ago

Thank you so much. I learned a lot from these films.

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Danuta W
Danuta W5 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Fred C
Fred Campbell5 months ago

Thanks. Will try to view some of these.

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Janis K5 months ago

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Margie F5 months ago

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