Everyone is always looking for a good Netflix documentary, so we wanted to help you all out with this list that is as gay as Christmas! Enjoy these LGBTQ documentaries and let us know which one is your favorite, on MOOVZ!
10. Packed in a Trunk
PACKED IN A TRUNK is the story of lesbian artist Edith Lake Wilkinson, committed to an asylum in 1925 and never heard from again. All her worldly possessions were packed into trunks and shipped to a relative in West Virginia where they sat in an attic for 40 years. Edith’s great-niece, Emmy Award-winning writer and director Jane Anderson, grew up surrounded by Edith’s paintings, thanks to her mother who had gone poking through that dusty attic and rescued Edith’s work. The film follows Jane and her spouse Tess in the decades-long journey to find the answers to the mystery of Edith’s buried life, return the work to Provincetown, and have Edith’s contributions recognized by the larger art world.
9. Growing Up Coy
Filmmakers follow a Colorado family’s public battle for the rights of their transgender daughter, Coy, in a landmark civil rights case.
8. Strike a Pose
A quarter-century later, this documentary relocates the male dancers who backed Madonna on her 1990 Blond Ambition tour, as seen in “Truth or Dare.”
Director Kirby Dick exposes the hypocrisy of gay politicians who publicly criticize the LGBT community while hiding their own sexual orientation.
6. We Were Here
The AIDS crisis forever changed gay culture in San Francisco, as examined in this documentary that traces the disease’s impact on five individuals.
5. The Out List
A documentary about being among the LGBT community in modern society, told through interviews with LGBT celebrities and community leaders.
On May 7, 2011 a young man named Shane Bitney Crone tragically lost the love of his life, Tom, to an accident. Because they weren’t married or prepared for the unexpected, Shane lost all legal claims to Tom after he died. Tom’s family banned Shane from the funeral and he was unable to say goodbye. On May 7, 2012 Shane posted a video on YouTube, entitled “It Could Happen to You.” He created it to honor his partner and show the world what can happen when two people are legally barred from having equal rights and equal protections under the law to marry. Shane’s partner was named Tom Bridegroom. The video went viral, passing two million views within seven days.
3. Matthew Shepard is a Friend of Mine
On October 7, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay. Years later, Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt’s, revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos and rare video footage, as Matt’s all-too-brief life is remembered through the vivid testimonies of those whose lives he touched, from the friends and family who knew him best to the bartender who saw him on the night of the attack. New revelations emerge in one of the most notorious hate crimes in US history, leading to a searing, poignant, and multi-layered biographical and sociological portrait. In the end, the notion of forgiveness—embodied in the moving and courageous final act of Matt’s parents—takes on truly heroic proportions.
Comedian Tig Notaro had a devastating year. Having just recovered from a life-threatening infection and still in mourning over her mother’s sudden passing, Notaro’s subsequent discovery of bilateral breast cancer left her no choice but to turn profound pain into an ongoing punch line, both on and off the stage. Netflix original documentary, Tig tells the incredible story of her search and discovery of humor and love amid devastating news.
1, Paris is Burning
The film explores the elaborately-structured ball competitions in which contestants, adhering to a very specific category or theme, must “walk” (much like a fashion model’s runway) and subsequently be judged on criteria including the “realness” of their drag, the beauty of their clothing and their dancing ability.
Most of the film alternates between footage of balls and interviews with prominent members of the scene, including Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, Angie Xtravaganza, and Willi Ninja. Many of the contestants vying for trophies are representatives of “Houses” (in the fashion-brand sense, such as “House of Chanel”) that serve as intentional families, social groups, and performance teams. Houses and ball contestants who consistently won in their walks eventually earned a “legendary” status.