Being half German with a father who served proudly in the Scottish army I have watched every Holocaust documentary I have come across. Thus I am into documentaries, particulalry queer documentaries. Forgive me, that this is not a compressive list of gay documentaries but the ones I admire and which cover LBTQ+ issues. I thank the amazing directors who made these documentaries and those who bravely told their stories.
We are so fortunate to live in this era where films, documentaries, news reports can be made on an iPhone and, some win awards i.e. Tangerine (shot with three iPhone 5S phones). Even if you don't have the budget get your iPhone out - there are so may LBTQ+ stories to be told. Do come come back - I will try to find and add some links to bodies which fund queer documentaries.
Did you know at one time Lesbians were called.. inverts, tribades, and uranians! Check out a history of Lesbian terminology.
The iconic Stonewall Inn, a.k.a. Stonewall, is a gay bar in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is the site of the Stonewall riots when drag queens fought back against police on June 27-28, 1969.... more
Documentary Dir: Greta Schiller & Robert Rosenberg
The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, a.k.a. AIDS Memorial Quilt or AIDS Quilt, is an enormous memorial to commemorate the lives of people who have died of... more
Documentary Dir: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
Paris Is Burning takes its title from the annual drag ball held by legendary drag Queen, Paris Dupree. Drag balls (has various terms) originated in NYC's young African-American and Latino underground LGBTQ+ communities... more
Documentary Dir: Jennie Livingston
Dubbed the world's first female serial killer, sex worker Aileen Wuornos ended up on death row for murdering 7(!) men in Florida between 1989 and 1990. Wuornos claimed that... more
Documentary Dir: Nick Broomfield
For 23 years (1966 - 1989) Maud's, opened by Ricky Streicher, was a legendary San Francisco bar for women and an institution. Last Call at Maud's, records the last evening of Maud's during which patrons express... more
Documentary Dir: Paris Poirier
Touching and liberating queer documentary comprehensively relaying the various Hollywood screen depictions of gays through cinematic history.... more
Documentary Dir: Rob Epstein, & Jeffrey Friedman
During the 1920s and '30s, between the world wars, female (many of them lesbian) adventurers, artists, designers, photographers, and writers settled in Paris. Vive la France! They embraced Paris and became known as... more
Documentary Dir: Greta Schiller
In one of the most heinous HATE crimes in American history, Brandon Teena, a handsome 21-year-old transman was brutally beaten, raped and murdered. At the age of 20, in 1993... more
Documentary Dir: Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir
Paragraph 175 is a documentary that chronicles the lives of several gay men and one lesbian who were persecuted by the Nazis. The gay men were arrested by the Nazis under Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of... more
Documentary Dir: Jeffrey Friedman & Rob Epstein
The Compton's Cafeteria Riot flared up in August 1966, San Francisco and is heralded as... more
Documentary Dir: Victor Silverman & Susan Stryker
Five Christian families, each with a gay or lesbian child talk about their church-going, their children's childhood and coming out, their...more
Documentary Dir: Daniel G. Karslake
The heart-warming story of the long-term lesbian relationship and eventual marriage between Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer - 40 years after there engagement!... more
Documentary Dir: Susan Muska & Gréta Ólafsdottir
In the summer of 2005, a Memphis gay teen wrote on his MySpace blog about his parents sending him to a "Fundamentalist Christian" program called "Love In Action" to turn him straight..... more
Documentary Dir: Morgan Jon Fox
Coming Oot! A Fabulous History of Queer Scotland is a charming and.... more
Documentary Dir: John MacLaverty
In 1967, the Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised homosexuality, offering... more
Documentary Dir: ?
After his WWI military duty, Scotty Bowers, became a legendary escort and unpaid pimp for Hollywood male celebrities who were too scared to come out during the Hays code era.
Documentary Dir: Matt Tyrnauer
At the beginning of the Cold War and the heightened concern about internal security, in 1947, the US State Department began a campaign to rid the department of...more
Documentary Dir: Josh Howard
In Chechnya, the LGBTQ community lives in fear and secrecy. Since 2017, the Russian Republic of Chechnya, under the eyes of Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov and Russia, has... more
Documentary Dir: David France