The 10 Best Documentaries About Gay Rights and Lgbt History

Once again, Happy Pride Month! Last week we featured a list of the 10 Best Documentary Portraits of Lgbt Culture, films that celebrate the lives and loves of their diverse subjects. Today’s list is entitled “The Best Documentaries About Lgbt History.” What’s the difference? The distinction is, in a word, politics. Obviously when dealing with something like Lgbt civil rights, culture and politics are often very closely connected. Yet the following 10 films are more consciously political, narratives of the struggle for freedom and equality over the course of history. It might be a misnomer to call all of them “activist” documentaries, and the “issue film” moniker seems reductive. Therefore, we’ll call them history films, built from a century-long struggle against discrimination. They feature the earliest days of the Gay Liberation movement in the United States, the fight to respond to the AIDS epidemic, and the international scope of the pursuit Lgbt civil rights around the
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