LGBTQIA+ Documentaries

Chester County Library is celebrating Pride all throughout the month of June, and you can celebrate with us by checking out some of the LGBTQIA+ movies in our collection! This is a list of true-life stories about members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community, their lives, and the struggles and triumphs they face.

An Act of Love (2015, Not Rated)
After officiating his son’s same-sex wedding, Rev. Frank Schaefer was put on trial in the United Methodist Church, the second-largest protestant denomination in the country.

An Honest Liar (2014, Not Rated)
James Randi has made a life for himself exposing sham faith healers, psychics, and con-artists, creating many disguises and deceptions to do so. But a revelation about his personal life shows his actions in a new light.beond gay

Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride (2009, Not Rated)
In a time when Pride has become a celebration more than a protest, the Vancouver Pride Society journeys to places where Pride is an event of political action against still-rampant homophobia.

Born to Be (2020, Not Rated)
Follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting, a pioneering surgeon at the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, where trans and gender non-conforming people have access to transition-related care.

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003, Not Rated)
Bayard Rustin was a major player in the Civil Rights movement, one of the first “freedom riders” and an adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. But his role was severely diminished after being outed as homosexual.

Call Her Ganda (2018, Not Rated)call her ganda
When a Filipina transwoman is brutally murdered by a US Marine, three women demand justice for the murder and call for an end to American imperialism.

Deep in Vogue (2018, Not Rated)
Follows and celebrates the unique and colorful lives of the members of Northern Vogue, a vogue ballroom in Manchester, England.

Do I Sound Gay? (2015, Not Rated)
After a breakup, journalist David Thorpe confronts his anxiety about sounding gay, enlisting the help of actors, vocal coaches, and experts to explore the “gay voice” and what it represents in our culture.

Freddie Mercury: The Greatest Showman (2019, Not Rated)
A celebration of the life and work of the rock legend, featuring interviews with his friends, colleagues, and collaborators, as well as rare archive footage.

The Freedom to Marry (2016, Not Rated)growing up coy
Follows the trajectory of the movement for marriage equality, and the many activists who fought to win the equal right to marry.

Gender Revolution (2017, Rated TV-PG)
Katie Couric talks with scientists, experts, and everyday people, to answer questions about gender identity and explore how science and society help to construct ideas of gender.

Growing Up Coy (2016, Not Rated)
When Coy, a six-year-old transgender girl, is banned from the girls’ bathroom at her school, her parents file a discrimination suit which becomes one of the most high-profile cases in recent history.

Growing Up Trans (2015, Rated TV-14)
Explores the lives of transgender kids and teens, and the struggles and choices they and their families face along the path to transition.

The Guys Next Door (2016, Not Rated)how to survive
Follows the life of a modern gay family. Erik and Sandro live together with their daughters, who they had by a surrogate—their friend Rachel, who has three teens of her own. 

Homosaywhat? Who’s Pushing Hate? (2019, Not Rated)
Explores how cultural institutions and public figures have advanced systemic anti-LGBTQIA+ prejudice in society, from history to the current day, as well as how this prejudice can still be deeply harmful.

How to Survive a Plague (2012, Not Rated)
Tells the story of LGBTQIA+ activists who fought to end the AIDS epidemic, making their voices heard in the pharmaceutical industry to help hasten a treatment for the devastating disease.

Lady Valor: The Kristen Beck Story (2014, Not Rated)
A former U.S. Navy Seal shares her journey as she transitions, and contemplates the ideals of the country she served—what do they mean to her now as a transgender woman?

Making the Boys (2010, Not Rated)
The Boys in the Band memories of a penitent heartwas the first ever gay play (and subsequently Hollywood film) to reach a mainstream audience. This film explores how the play and film came to be made.

McQueen (2018, Rated R)
An intimate portrait of the life and work of legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen, including interviews with his friends and family and archival documents.

Memories of a Penitent Heart (2016, Not Rated)
A filmmaker digs into her family’s past to uncover the truth about her uncle’s death, and to find his partner Robert. An exploration of the AIDS crisis and how faith can be used as a tool of hate.

The Most Dangerous Year (2019, Not Rated)
2016 was a dangerous year for transgender people, thanks to a slew of transphobic bathroom bills. This movie follows the battles fought by transgender people and their families for justice and fair treatment.

Out in the Open (2013, Not Rated)paris is burning
A celebration of the things that make us beautifully different, this movie interviews people from all walks of life in an attempt to foster understanding, especially for LGBTQIA+ teens. 

Out in the Silence (2009, Not Rated)
When a gay filmmaker’s wedding announcement causes controversy in his hometown, he returns to the town to help a teen who is being mercilessly bullied in school.

Paris is Burning (1990, Rated R)
Made over the course of seven years, this groundbreaking documentary explores the Black and Latine Harlem drag-ball scene, and the evolution of vogue culture in 1980s New York City.

The Queen of Ireland (2015, Not Rated)
Explores the life, art, and advocacy of Rory O’Neill, AKA Panti Bliss, an Irish drag queen and LGBTQIA+ activist.

Rebels on Pointe (2017, Not Rated)
Les Ballets Trockadero Monte Carlo is the world’s first-ever all-male drag ballet company, started on the heels of the Stonewall riots. This film shows the past and present of this notorious group. hellooooooo

Seahorse: the Dad Who Gave Birth (2019, Not Rated)
After years of soul-searching, a transgender man longing to start a family makes the choice to carry his own baby. This movie follows his pregnancy and birth and explores the tender universality of family.

To Be Takei (2014, Not Rated)
A look at the extraordinary life of trailblazing Star Trek actor George Takei, from his childhood in Japanese internment camps to his present-day life with husband Brad.

Transformer (2018, Not Rated)
A body-builder, record-holding power lifter, former Marine and father of three undergoes a gender transition and starts living her truth with a new name: Janae.

49 Pulses (2016, Not Rated)
Examines the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida—one of the worst shootings in U.S. history.

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