Essential and Fabulous LQBTQIA+ Documentary Picks to Stream or Rent Nowby IMDb-Editors | created - 29 May 2020 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
To celebrate Pride Month, we've put together a list of some of our favorite LQBTQIA+ documentaries that are available to rent or stream.
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1. Paris Is Burning (1990)
R | 71 min | Documentary
A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.
Votes: 13,435 | Gross: $3.78M
Available to Stream on Criterion Channel
2. The Celluloid Closet (1995)
R | 102 min | Documentary, History
A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.
Votes: 6,273 | Gross: $1.51M
3. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary
Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. Using archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson's family, friends and fellow activists.
4. The Queen (1968)
Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary
The behind the scenes of a national drag queen contest in New York City, including the rehearsals leading up to the contest, the conversations in the dressing room and the jealousies that emerge before and after the competition.
Votes: 833 | Gross: $0.05M
5. McQueen (2018)
R | 111 min | Documentary, Biography
The life and career of fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen: from his start as a tailor, to launching and overseeing his eponymous line and his untimely death.
Votes: 6,599 | Gross: $1.26M
6. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay city supervisor.
Votes: 5,743 | Gross: $0.01M
8. We Were Here (I) (2011)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis.
9. How to Survive a Plague (2012)
Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News
The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
Votes: 3,846 | Gross: $0.13M
11. Tongues Untied (1989)
Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary
A documentary about the experiences of black homosexual men living in the United States of America.
Available to Stream on Kanopy and Criterion Channel
13. Before Stonewall (1984)
Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, History
The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement.
Votes: 914 | Gross: $0.02M
14. Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017)
Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography
A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.
Votes: 1,186 | Gross: $0.46M
15. That Summer (2017)
Unrated | 80 min | Documentary
Montauk, East Hampton, New York, 2016. Peter Beard discusses his work as a photographer, artist and diarist before reminiscing about his attempt to make a documentary in the summer of 1972 ... See full summary »
Votes: 359 | Gross: $0.01M
16. For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)
Unrated | 95 min | Documentary, Romance
An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.
Votes: 4,350 | Gross: $0.31M
Available to Stream on Kanopy and to Rent on iTunes
18. When the Beat Drops (2018)
85 min | Documentary
Explores the development of bucking, an energetic form of the dance, from the point of view of Anthony Davis, an Atlanta native who helped popularize it.
Available to Stream on WOW Presents Plus
57 min | Documentary
Documentary about transgender women and drag queens who fought police harassment at Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's Tenderloin in 1966, three years before the famous riot at Stonewall Inn bar in NYC.
21. Mala Mala (2014)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
A documentary about the power of transformation told through the eyes of 9 trans-identifying individuals in Puerto Rico.
Votes: 605 | Gross: $0.01M
22. The Gospel According to André (2017)
PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary
This intimate portrait for André Leon Tally, a fixture in the world of fashion, takes viewers on a journey from André’s roots growing up to becoming one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times.
Votes: 456 | Gross: $0.40M
25. Chris & Don: A Love Story (2007)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Romance
The love story between British writer, Christopher Isherwood (whose book 'The Berlin Stories' inspired the musical and film Cabaret) and Don Bachardy, American portrait artist.
Votes: 892 | Gross: $0.21M
26. Call Me Kuchu (2012)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama
In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the ... See full summary »
Votes: 760 | Gross: $0.01M
27. The Gospel of Eureka (2018)
75 min | Documentary, Music
Love, faith, and civil rights collide in the south as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to explore the meaning of belief. Gospel drag shows and passion plays set the stage for one hell of a show.
Votes: 136 | Gross: $0.02M
28. Vito (2011)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.
29. Because of an Earlier Incident (2012– )
TV-MA | 45 min
Because of an Earlier Incident is an exclusive day-in-the-life glimpse into the vibrant lifestyles of NYC artists.
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary
Monika Treut explores the worlds and thoughts of several trans-gendered individuals. As with Treuts first film, Jungfrauenmaschine, Gendernauts, enters a minority sector of San Fransisco ... See full summary »
Votes: 146 | Gross: $0.01M
Available to Stream on Kanopy
31. Kumu Hina (2014)
Unrated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography
A transgender Native Hawaiian teacher inspires a young girl to fulfill her destiny of leading the school's male hula troupe, even as she struggles to find love and a committed relationship in her own life.
33. United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (2012 Video)
93 min | Documentary
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is an inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the ... See full summary »
Available to Stream on Canopy
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, Sport
Chronicles a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) as the courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges in and out of the arena on their quest to the World Finals.