LGBTQ+ Documentaries from 1960s - 2020s

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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Lesbophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOTB) is observed, annually, on May 17. These touching LGBTQ+ documentaries document not only some of the Homophobia experienced but some do offer hope. Though this is not a compressive list of LGBTQ+ documentaries, it includes LGBTQ+ documentaries which made my heart-miss-a-beat.

For reference - The Baird "Televisor" (named after John Logie Baird), is considered the first mass-produced television in the world and was sold in 1930–1933 in the UK. One of the first LGBTQ+ documentaries in the UK, was recorded by the BBC, in 1953, under the title "Homosexuality - The Condition, The Cult and The Crime" - a radio documentary about male homosexuality. In the 1950s, homosexuality was illegal in the UK and, was a very taboo topic, so the ground-breaking radio programme lay on the BBC's shelves for ...

four years. A revised version, titled "The Homosexual Condition" was broadcast on the BBC's Home Service radio station on 25th July 1957 at 10pm (this was even before the BBC introduced 'the watershed' in 1964. Later, the documentary was (conveniently?) "lost". Apparently, all that survives of the documentary "The Homosexual Condition" is a transcript of the original programme. In 2022, it was brought back to life in Inkbrew Productions "The BBC's First Homosexual" in the New Adelphi Studio, at the University of Salford. The play is based on the transcript of the original recording, internal BBC memos and, letters from members of the public following its broadcast.

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. I thank the amazing directors who made these documentaries and LGBTQ+ community who bravely told their stories. Groovers, we are fortunate to live in this era where films, documentaries and news reports can be made on an iPhone. Indeed some iPhone shot movies have won awards such as Tangerine (a a transgender sex worker movie) which was shot with three iPhone 5S phones. Even if you don't have the budget get your iPhone out - there are so many LGBTQ+ stories which need to be told. My sympathy goes to LGBTQ+ directors and participants who can't make their documentaries / films because of homophobia / that homosexulaity is still illegal in their country. Worried about Coming out? Check out some Coming Out FAQs.

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Before Stonewall

1984 - Before Stonewall (Documentary)

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

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Greta Schiller & Robert Rosenberg

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

1989 - Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

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

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Paris Is Burning

1990 - Paris Is Burning

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

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Jennie Livingston

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer

1992 - Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer

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

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Nick Broomfield

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LGBT+ Documentaries: Last Call at Maud's

1993 - Last Call at Maud's

For 23 years (1966 - 1989) Maud's, opened by Ricky Streicher, was a legendary San Francisco lesbian bar and an institution. Last Call at Maud's, records the last evening of Maud's during which patrons express... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Paris Poirier

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Sapphic Movies: Coming Out Under Fire

1994 - Coming Out Under Fire

Based on Allan Bérubé's book Coming Out Under Fire, the documentary examines the attitudes toward homosexuality in the United States Armed Forces during WW2... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Arthur Dong

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Sapphic Movies: The Celluloid Closet

1995 - The Celluloid Closet

Touching and liberating queer documentary comprehensively relaying the various Hollywood screen depictions of gays through cinematic history.... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Rob Epstein, & Jeffrey Friedman

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Paris was a Woman

1996 - Paris was a Woman

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

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Greta Schiller

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: The Brandon Teena Story

1998 - The Brandon Teena Story

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

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100

1999 - Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100

At 101 years of age, Ruth C. Ellis was not only one of the oldest "out" African American lesbian activist but also a lesbian icon. Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100 reveals her inspiring life and a century of gay black history through interviews with Ruth, herself, and recreated scenes. more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Yvonne Welbon

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Sapphic Movies: Paragraph 175

2000 - Paragraph 175

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

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Jeffrey Friedman & Rob Epstein

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria

2005 - Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria

The Compton's Cafeteria Riot flared up in August 1966, San Francisco and is heralded as... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Victor Silverman & Susan Stryker

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: For the Bible Tells Me So

2007 - For the Bible Tells Me So

Five Christian families, each with a gay or lesbian child talk about their church-going, their children's childhood and coming out, their...more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Daniel G. Karslake

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

2009 - Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

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

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Susan Muska & Gréta Ólafsdottir

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s

2011 - T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness: Queer Blues

T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness: Queer Blues reveals the lost and hidden past of some of the goddesses of blues who, in in the 1920s, were... black, female and queer!... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Robert Philipson

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: This Is What Love in Action Looks Like

2011 - This Is What Love in Action Looks Like

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

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Morgan Jon Fox

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Two Spirits

2011 - Two Spirits

Navajo Fred Martinez Jr. was a fun two-spirited, 16 year old who lived in the small town of Cortez, Colorado. Fred's (aka Fredericka) dead body was found like rubbish, in a canyon south of Cortez on June 21, 2001 - five days after he/she went missing. Young Fred had been bludgeoned beyond recognition with ... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Lydia Nibley

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Call Me Kuchu

2012 - Call Me Kuchu

Call Me Kuchu documents the lives and work of some Ugandan LGBT rights activists; including David Kato, a Ugandan teacher, LGBT rights activist and the first openly gay man in Uganda, and Naome Ruzindana a Uganda-born human rights activist and founding member of ... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Malika Zouhali-Worrall & Katherine Fairfax Wright

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Stories of Our Lives

2014 - Stories of Our Lives

Created by members of a Nairobi-based arts collective, The Nest Collective, the docudrama is an anthology of five dramatised true stories of LGBT life in Kenya.

Stories of Our Lives was banned from distribution and screening in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board, on the grounds that the film "promotes homosexuality, which is contrary to national norms and values" of Kenya.

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Jim Chuchu

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Coming Oot! A Fabulous History of Queer Scotland

2015 - Coming Oot! A Fabulous History of Queer Scotland

Coming Oot! A Fabulous History of Queer Scotland is a charming and.... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: John MacLaverty

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Searching for the Last Lesbian Bars in America

2015 - Searching for the Last Lesbian Bars in America

It was aleardy being asked in 2015... Why are lesbian bars dying while gay male clubs continue to thrive? Is it because of ... more

Documentary Dir: Drew Denny

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Prejudice and Pride: The People's History of LGBTQ+ Britain

2017 - Prejudice and Pride: The People's History of LGBTQ+ Britain

In 1967, the Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised homosexuality, offering... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: ?

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

2017 - Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

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.

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Matt Tyrnauer

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Hot To Trot

2018 - Hot To Trot (Documentary)

Hot To Trot is a top notch documentary following two couples as they strive and compete in same-sex ballroom dance contests. Find out more on

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Gail Freedman

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Polari - A Short Documentary About The Lost Language Of Gay Men

2018 - Polari: A Short Documentary About The Lost Language Of Gay Men

Charting the rise and fall of "Polari" - a language that was used by Britain's gay community up until the late 1960s. "Carry on" icon Kenneth Williams used Polari language in BBC Radio comedy Round the Horne (1965 - 1968). Watch the Polari short film Putting On The Dish (2015) written & directed by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston.

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Chris Brake

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: The Lavender Scare

2019 - The Lavender Scare

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

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Josh Howard

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Killing Patient Zero

2019 - Killing Patient Zero

Gaetan Duga, was "The Man Who Gave Us AIDS", according to the New York Post. In bigoted late 1970s, Gaetan was a rare openly gay French-Canadian flight attendant. In early 1980s, he sadly contracted the "gay cancer" (AIDS). Gaetan was demonised for ... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Laurie Lynd

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge

2020 - Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge

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

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: David France

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Flee (Flugt)

2021 - Flee (Flugt)

On the verge of his same-sex marriage, Flee (Flugt: Danish) tells the true story of a man who shares his hidden past of fleeing his war-torn home country of Afghanistan as a young child with his mother and siblings to Denmark.... more

LGBTQ+ Docudrama Dir: Jonas Poher Rasmussen

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: The Lesbian Bar Project

2021 - The Lesbian Bar Project

In the 1980s, there were roughly 200 Lesbian Bars in the United States. Today, there are fewer than 21 compared to 63,000 hetty bars in the US. As these lesbian bars disappear, The Lesbian Bar Project celebrates, supports, and amplifies the remaining Lesbian bars in the US.

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Erica Rose and Elina Street

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Gay Under the Taliban: UNTOLD

2022 - Gay Under the Taliban: UNTOLD

Gay Under the Taliban: UNTOLD follows the story of four LGBTQ+ Afghans who are struggling to survive under a Taliban regime so brutal, it means death if they are discovered. To protect their identities, their powerful testimonies are brought to life through dynamic animation and actors.

Channel 4 Director: Dan Hall

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Lost Film: Lesbians Go Mad In Lesbos

2022 - Lost Film: Lesbians Go Mad In Lesbos

In 2000, Channel 5 commissioned: Lesbians Go Mad In Lesbos. The mayor of Lesbos tried to ban the 26 London Candy Bar Lesbians from arriving on a package holiday from the UK; but he ended up biting off way more than he could chew! Lesbians Go Mad In Lesbos became LEGENDARY - but, totally for the wrong reasons. It was lost until, I salute, STRANGEONS pursued it! I hope Youtube does not remove this.

Channel 5 Director: Gabi Kent / Youtuber STRANGEONS

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Lesbian Documentaries: Nelly & Nadine

2022 - Nelly & Nadine

For decades, a French lady kept her grandmother's diaries, photographs and home movies in her attic but they were too painful for her to explore. "Nelly & Nadine" captures the story as she finally opens the dusty treasure chest, unearthing an evocative tale of lesbian love and resilience which began on... more

Documentary Dir: Magnus Gertten

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: The Extraordinary Life of April Ashley

2022 - The Extraordinary Life of April Ashley

The truly epic story of a HE who became a SHE: a journey through war-torn Liverpool slums, serving in the merchant navy, dancing in a Parisian transvestite nightclub, being one of the first to undergo gender realignment surgery, modelling for Vogue, popular London socialite, a "landmark" court case and, being awarded an MBE (Member of British Empire) April Ashley displayed “astounding bravery and courage” with great charm.

Channel 4 Director: Jane Preston

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: The Queer Code: Secret Languages of LGBTQ+ Art

2022 - The Queer Code: Secret Languages of LGBTQ+ Art

Explore the visual symbols and language used by LGBTQ+ artists and communities to suggest their hidden sexulaities. Oscar Wilde and his circle of close friends, famously wore a... more

Documentary Dir: National Galleries of Scotland

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: The Queer History of Weimar Germany

2022 - The Queer History of Weimar Germany

Bravo Kaz Rowe, for making your own home documentary! During the Weimar era Berlin was a real Sin City. The Queer History of Weimar Germany is an intense documentary showing how Berlin became the intellectual,... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Kaz Rowe

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Tom Daley: Illegal to Be Me

2022 - Tom Daley: Illegal to Be Me

Months before the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Olympic Diver Tom Daley visited the most homophobic countries in the Commonwealth such as ... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: Luke Korzun Martin

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Where Have All the Lesbians Gone?

2022 - Where Have All the Lesbians Gone?

Oops, I thought this was going to be about the (worldwide) demise of the lesbian scene (hangouts, bars 'n clubs) which I miss so much. Nope! The doc wittily examines what it means to be a lesbian today and questions why so many young women prefer to identify as "queer" rather than "lesbian" (like me :).

Channel 4 Director: Brigid McFall

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Willem & Frieda - Defying Nazis

2023 - Willem & Frieda - Defying Nazis

Stephen Fry touchingly explores an inspiring and moving story of forgery, sabotage and audacity by a small Dutch Resistance group that saved thousands of Jews from Nazi death camps led by a gay artist and lesbian cellist ... more

LGBTQ+ Documentary Dir: John Hay

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Biographical Documentaries Celebrating LGBTQ+ Women

The compilation belows are biographical documentaries that celebrating LGBTQ+ Women. In some countries, for LGBTQ+ women things are getting a wee bit better. That is partly thanks to the heroic LGBTQ+ trailblazers in history, that have come before us and helped gain our acceptability and rights. Yet, I must confess that even living in London and working in the "cool" internet industry - during a job interview, I am still too shy to disclose I am gay and, there are still homophobic crimes being committed in the uK.

For others, where being LGBTQ+ is still illegal - I'm so sad, and can't imagine the nightmare :( I believe in "dialogue" to show that lesbians and gay men, are not ...

.. a threat to religious procreation of life and, society, we are not coverting "victims" - don't they understand - we want to find life long L.O.V.E, so for most of us we don't want the possible heart ache to convert someone who may revert back?)

The Biographical Documentaries Celebrating LGBTQ+ Women section below... includes just some LGBTQ+ women's biographical documentaries who contributed to the creative arts and... It was amazing to discover some of their real voices - but, at their time silenced to sapphic disclosures. What was heartening to see that there was an upsurge of Youtube docs in 2022 (perhaps first instigated during COVID lockdowns?). Worldwide cake groovers':

Surf Safe : worried, if you are in country where the government has access to your browsing records and where LGBTQ+ is still illegal. If so, please consider a Virtual Private Network (VPN - but not sure if they 100% disguise your internet identity) .

Do It Yourself
One of the most important lessons in my life came from a punk quote :) "Do it yourself - do it properly!" Though I have worked building websites for mega aggggeous, when I was young we didn't have this amazing opportunity to publish to a global audience (via web sites & social media) without needing shite companies to publish one's works: e.g music, prose, art...This site is an example of a labour of love (hand coded and not Word Press (thus updates are cumbersome, when I discover new slick lezzas to add :(

Mobile & Zoom vids - I will adapt the saying - "A video is worth a thousand words". Though I won't convert, as I'm an android Samsung mobile and Microsoft pc user, I am v jealous of Apple Mobile users as their vid quality is amazing! Tangerine (2015) was filmed on Apple Mobile and won 25 awards out of 43 nominations. Documentaries can be filmed on mobiles (remember landscape mode) and for FREE, uploaded to e.g. Youtube.

Lame posts & unworthy bucks - 5uck 2020s lame short social posts of "This morning I got up, put my Comme de Garcon play trainers on.. and ate.... crumpets & caviar". The time will come when you will ghosted because of lame content. Blogs have not been the case. Document enlightening (blog/ social media) posts of yourself or, soooooooooo slicker, ace historical lezzas in your country. My site is reaching out to over 100 countries but I aint earning a buck :( (would be fun to have some Cremant funds as an accolade, but I see it has interested & I hoped helped some, some where). A mega fab inspiring film to watch is The Lost King (2022) - a mega fab (hetty) lady (Philippa Langley) living, in my fab family's home town of Edinburgh, spent 10 anxious years to discover the legendary lost remains of King Richard III, beneath a... carpark in Leicester! Utterly, Epic & Inspiring! YOU, may have the chance to reveal the epic story of a LGBTQ+ Women lost to history.

Global reach - remember, the internet is has an amazing global reach. A fab historical gay lady in your country, can inspire the whole world. (Groovers, I have tried so truly hard to be global but there are so many gaps, and in fr some time Google has been the encyclopedia tp the world :(

Do it, to stand AGAINST:
- Homephobia
The LGTB community has contributed to Society but in the past because of homephobia their contributions to society have been not always acknowledged. Voice our contributions to humanity.

- Propaganda / False News
Propaganda / False News is historically evident and shockingly still current; Hitler's Nazi Propaganda is so documented, UK Brexit, & Trump USA votes are debatable to the denials, Russian television coverage of the Ukraine war... Truth must be voiced and adressed regardless of religion, gender, sexuality...

- Before AI pollutes the internet
Working long in the internet industry, quite frankly, Miss Shankly, AI chatbot scare the hell out of me! You will see by my spelling mistakes - I am so human and have sometimes a dippy style of writing but my opinion is genuine and... human. I do not wish to read something via a Google search which is AI content and not know :(

LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Sylvia Beach interview on James Joyce and Shakespeare & Company

1962 - Sylvia Beach - Rare Interview

Sylvia Beach (1887- 1962) was an American bookseller & publisher who became an important light in the literary life of 1920s Paris when her bookshop was a gathering place for expatriate writers and French authors. Moreover, Sylvia Beach published James Joyce's book, Ulysses (1922).

Biographical Documentary Dir: ?

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Rare Natalie Barney Interview

1966 - Natalie Barney - Rare Interview

Natalie Clifford Barney was an American expatriate who lived, wrote and most famously hosted a nuturing literary salon in Paris to some of the greatest creatives of the time... and, an amazing clandestine lesbian dating club.

Biographical Documentary Dir: BBC2

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Gertrude Stein: When This You See, Remember Me

1970 - Gertrude Stein: When This You See, Remember Me

Lauded Gertrude Stein was an American novelist, poet and art collector who moved from California to Paris in 1903, and made France her home.

Biographical Documentary Dir: Perry Miller Adato

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Frieda Belinfante - Interview

1994 - Frieda Belinfante - Interview

Frieda Belinfante was a talented Dutch-Jewish cellist, one of the first female conductors, a hero of the Dutch resistance and victim of American homophobia.

Interview: the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde

1995 - Audre Lorde - A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work

Legendary poet, author and civil rights activist Audre Lorde used her writing to shine light on her experience of being a Black lesbian woman and later, as a mother and as a woman suffering from breast cancer.

Biographical Documentary Dir: Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: The Self-Destruction of Gia Carangi

2003 - The Self-Destruction of Gia Carangi

Such a gawd damn shame :( Gia Carangi was a beautiful American model, considered by many to be the first supermodel. She was featured on the cover of numerous magazines, including multiple editions of Vogue and key fashion magazines of the time. Gia also featured in advertising campaigns for key luxury fashion houses such as Armani, Dior, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent. Aged 26, she died untimely, from AIDS-related complications - it is believed she contracted AIDS from a contaminated needle when she was shooting-up with heroin which she became addicted too. Choose life, not drugs :(

Biographical Documentary Dir: J.J. Martin

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

2007 - Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

Annie Leibovitz is an American stellar fashion photographer for the likes of Vogue and portrait photographer who has been decalred by The Library of Congress as a Living Legend and, in 2009, she was a recipient of The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship in recognition of significant contribution to the art of photography. Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens documentary is directed by her sister and is a portrait of her great talent.

I am so proud to have a personally signed, blown-up postcard (during an Edinburgh Festival retrospective) hanging in my flat.

Biographical Documentary Dir: Barbara Leibovitz

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

2013 - Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple (1982), which also won the National Book Award for Fiction, has been transformed from a novel, to a Hollywood movie in 1985 (nominated for 23 nominations including 11 Oscars and won 13 Film awards) and to a successful Broadway musical. It was one of the movies that helped me come out and I hug her for this.

It was the Eighties - i thought LGBT exposure was getting a wee bit better in literature but I was truly mortified, to hear, in this documentary, what an AWFUL backlash Alice Walker received for after the publication of The Color Purple, over FIVE years, from the... African-American community, particularly, from African-American men!

Biographical Documentary Dir: Pratibha Parmar

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Aimee & Jaguar: Love Story Berlin 1942

2015 - Aimee & Jaguar: Love Story Berlin 1942

Have you read the book / seen the movie Aimee & Jaguar - of the true tragic story about Lilly Wust, an "Aryan" hausfrau, and her romance with Felice Schragenheim, a Jew living underground during WW2? Aimee & Jaguar: Love Story Berlin 1942 retells the story with interviews with Lilly Wust and various people who knew Felice Schragenheim, who was murdered in December 1944, in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany

Biographical Documentary Dir: Catrine Clay

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Romaine Brooks, 20th-Century Woman

2017 - Romaine Brooks, 20th-Century Woman

Romaine Brooks was an American painter (I love her work) who painted mostly in Paris (a frequent guest of fab Natalie Barney) and Capri. Art historian and author of Romaine Brooks: A Life, discusses the fascinating life and art of Romaine Brooks': social sphere, her life in Paris in the 1920s, and how Romaine flouted conventional roles for women. Also check out Romaine Brooks: Shades of Gray

Key Speaker: Cassandra Langer

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Dykes, Camera, Action!

2018 - Dykes, Camera, Action!

In the past, Lesbians didn't always get to see themselves on screen. Dykes, Camera, Action! showcases the history of lesbian and queer cinema through interviews with the pioneering lesbian filmmakers who made it happen, including Barbara Hammer, Cheryl Dunye, Rose Troche .... Their stories are moving and sometimes funny.

Lesbian Documentary Dir: Caroline Berler

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Josephine Baker: The Story of an Awakening

2018 - Josephine Baker: The Story of an Awakening

Bi Josephine Baker, a.k.a "Black Venus", the "Black Pearl", was a hugely popular African-American entertainer in Europe particularly in her adopted home of France, French Resistance agent and civil rights activist. Why did Paris and France become her home? When she would return to America she was continuously greeted with awful racism. After WW2, Josephine Baker was awarded the French: Resistance Medal by the French Committee of National Liberation, the Croix de Guerre by the French military, and was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by General Charles de Gaulle.

Biographical Documentary Dir: Ilana Navaro

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: The Bisexual Anti-Fascist - Marlene Dietrich

2019 - The Bisexual Anti-Fascist - Marlene Dietrich

German born Marlene Dietrich was a prominent a member of the clandestine "sewing circle" of lezza and bi hollywood ladies. She had an affair with Mercedes de Acosta (a poet, playwright) and Tallulah Bankhead (actress). Did she or didn't she have a love affair with fellow actress Greta Garbo and the singer Edith Piaf? That is the question! For her support during WW2 she recieved: The U.S. Medal of Freedom, French Chevalier (later upgraded to Commandeur) of the Légion d'honneur and a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Israeli Medallion of Honor and a Chevalier de l'Ordre de Leopold from Belgium.

Biographical Documentary Dir: Youtuber, Jessica Kellgren-Fozard

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: The Bisexual Anti-Fascist - Marlene Dietrich

2020 - Franco Stevens: Ahead Of The Curve

Bold, Frances "Franco" Stevens started one of the most successful and liberating lesbian magazine in the world in the '90s - Curve Magazine, which was a leading American and international lesbian lifestyle magazine. Not only is Ahead Of The Curve a nostalgic trip down memory lane - it asks some very relevant questions of the future.

Biographical Documentary Dir: Jen Rainin & Rivkah Beth Medow

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: An Introduction to Ethel Smyth: A born fighter and a rebel

2022 - Ethel Smyth: "A Born Fighter And A Rebel"

Dame Ethel Mary Smyth is one of the most accomplished female composers. Her opera The Wreckers is considered by some critics to be the "most important English operas composed". She was also one of the key figures in the suffragette movement in the UK. Ethel Smyth: "A Born Fighter And A Rebel" takes a look at Ethel Smyth's too-long neglected work.

Biographical Documentary Dir: Glyndebourne Opera House

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: LGBTQ+ Queens, Princesses & Duchesses

2022 - LGBTQ+ Queens, Princesses & Duchesses

LGBTQ+ Queens, Princesses & Duchesses divulges the stories of 8 real, royal and noble women from history whose sexuality and/or identity went against the grain including the Crown Princess Bong (1414 - ?, Korea) of the Haeum Bong clan who was banished after it was discovered that she was... sleeping with one of her handmaids! Goolging images - none.. was she erased from pictorial history?

Biographical Documentary Dir: Lindsay Holiday

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Loving Highsmith

2022 - Patricia Highsmith: Loving Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith brought us The Price of Salt aka Carol and for some of us, this novel was our stepping stone to coming OUT to ourselves. Loving Highsmith reveals aspects of the life of celebrated American author Patricia Highsmith, based on her diaries and notebooks and intimate reflections of her lovers, friends and family.

Biographical Documentary Dir: Eva Vitija

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Sappho: Love & Life on Lesbos

2022 - Sappho: Love & Life on Lesbos

Yeh, we all know that Sappho (c. 630 – c. 570 BCE) was a Greek poet from the island of Lesbos who was widely regarded as one of the greatest lyric poets of her time. Dr Margaret Mountford goes in search of the truth behind the legend of Sappho, for the BBC.

Biographical Documentary Dir: Jack MacInnes

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: The Controversial Decisions of Queen Christina of Sweden

2022 - Queen Christina of Sweden: The Controversial Decisions

At The Battle of Lützen in 1632, when her father died, 6-year-old Christina was sworn in as King of Sweden in February of 1633. During Christina's status as "girl-king" she was educated as a noble young man which gained her the reputation as one of the most highly educated women in Europe during her day. Her refusal to marry and her close friendships with her "ladies-in-waiting", resulted in her growing unpopularity among the Swedish people, and in 1654, Christina formally abdicated the throne and moved to Rome.

Biographical Documentary Dir: History Roadshow

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LGBTQ+ Documentaries: Old Lesbians - Documentary

2023 - Old Lesbians - Documentary

"Two, four, six, eight! How do you know your grandma's straight?"! The documentary "Old Lesbians", delves into the archives of the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project (OLOHP), founded by Arden Eversmeyer, which preserves the stories of American lesbians over the age of 70, in their own words. The OLOHP's archive now includes more than 800 recorded interviews and the stories reveal the struggles of being a lesbian, including the purges of queer women on college campuses in the 1940s and ‘50s ....

Next time you see a gay granny - give her a hug!

Documentary Dir: Meghan McDonough

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