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LGBTQ Pride Online Books & Films: Streaming Films & Videos

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Documentaries

Stonewall Uprising (2010) 

Documentary film from PBS examines the events surrounding the Stonewall riots that began during the early hours of June 28, 1969 when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. The street erupted into violent protests and demonstrations that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.
 

T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s (2011)  

 

To Be Takei: Actor and Activist, George Takei (2015)

Oh my! This award winning documentary features Star Trek legend, marriage equality advocate, and spokesperson for racial justice; superstar George Takei. Best known for his groundbreaking role of Hikaru Sulu on a certain epic starship and its multi-ethnic crew, Takei is one of the most visible Asian-American actors of all time, inspiring generations of fans. But Takei's true legacy may be his off-screen advocacy. A true elder statesman with a wry sense of humor, his awesome Facebook presence--initiated to help promote his Broadway-bound musical Allegiance, inspired by his life in the Japanese Internment--provides a daily dose of wisdom and wit. At a time when alarming rhetoric about Islamic and Latino Americans dominates the landscape, there is perhaps no better spokesperson for the historical legacy of fear and xenophobia in the U.S. than George Takei. George, and husband Brad, have also been unflappable spokespeople for LGBTQ rights.

Feature Films

Moonlight (2016)

Oscar-winner for Best Picture, Moonlight is a moving and transcendent look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances, is guided by support, empathy and love from the most unexpected places.

 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Winner of a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows the titular character (Chloe Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night.

The Watermelon Woman (1996)

Winner of Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty, nimble landmark of New Queer Cinema. A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker, Cheryl becomes obsessed with the "most beautiful mammy," a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Determined to find out who the actress she knows only as the "Watermelon Woman" was and make her the subject of a documentary, she starts researching and is bowled over to discover that not only was Fae Richards (Lisa Marie Bronson) a fellow Philadelphian but also a lesbian. The project is not without drama as Cheryl's singular focus causes friction between her and her friend Tamara (Valarie Walker) and as she begins to see parallels between Fae's problematic relationship with a white director and her own budding romance with white Diana (fellow filmmaker Guinevere Turner).