Whenever I watch a movie I always think, “That was great! I should do this more often!”
But then I… don’t do it more often. And that’s how my to-watch list ends up getting longer and longer. Don’t worry, it’s still nowhere near the length of my TBR, but it’s definitely longer than I would like. WELL, I’M DETERMINED TO CHANGE THAT. I want to make a dent in that list this coming semester by watching a movie or two on Sundays, when I take the day off from homework and studying.
From that (much) longer list, I made a short list of some of the LGBTQ+ documentaries I am most interested in watching. Enjoy!
1. The Trans List
Narrated by trans activist Janet Mock, this film documents the lives of eleven transgender Americans from all walks of life. I’m interested in it not only because of the range of experiences presented, but because it was made just last year and so should provide a more accurate glimpse at trans lives than some of the more dated documentaries I’ve come across.
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is a trans activist in her seventies who was present at the Stonewall riots and is still involved in activism to this day! Just watching the trailer makes me so excited to see the rest of this documentary because she seems like such a vibrant, big-hearted individual. TBH I’d love to meet her someday!
3. The Celluloid Closet
In my Media Uses & Effects course a few semesters ago, we watched clips of this documentary when we learned about the representation of minorities in the media. LGBTQ+ representation is something I’m super passionate about, so I know I need to watch the rest of this ASAP. Maybe I could get some friends who are also really into history + storytelling together to watch this when we’re back at school in the fall?
4. How To Survive A Plague
The history of HIV/AIDS was basically glossed over in my education, and I’ve found that people my age don’t tend to talk about it much – to the point of believing it’s not serious anymore! I’ve heard only good things about this documentary, which is excellent because I’m hoping it will serve as a sort of link between and the generation or so before me that was nearly wiped out.
5. Do I Sound Gay?
Do I Sound Gay? takes a look at one of the biggest stereotypes of gay men: Their voice. I’m not really aware of any books on this subject (although if you know of some, feel free to toss those recommendations my way), so I’m really glad I found this doc.
Have you seen any of the documentaries on my list? (If so, is there one you would recommend beginning with?) Do you have any recommendations for me, based on my taste in films?