June is LGBT Pride Month. What better way to commemorate the occasion than by streaming these 10 great LGBT documentaries on Netflix (okay, we can think of some other ways)?
From the love stories of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and curator-collector Sam Wagstaff in "Black White + Gray" and the four decades long romance of Thea Spyer and Edie Windsor (which eventually led to their groundbreaking marriage ceremony once DOMA was overturned) in "Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement," these documentaries portray LGBT life and love -- as well as the challenges and tragedies faced by AIDS ("How to Survive a Plague," "Wish We Were Here"), discrimination ("Brother Outsider") and anti-gay laws in places like Uganda ("Call Me Kuchu") as well as in the U.S. ("Bridegroom").
After delving into the deeply serious, thoughtful and provocative "Red Without Blue," which explores the struggles of a pair of male-female identical twins, celebrate the month with Jennie Livginston's "Paris is Burning," the Sundance prize-winning documentary about the world of 1980s Harlem drag balls and the quest to, above all else, be real.
Bridegroom (Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, 2013)
How To Survive a Plague (David France, 2012)
Call Me Kuchu (Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, 2012)
We Were Here (David Weissman, Bill Weber, 2011)
Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (Susan Muska, Gréta Ólafsdóttir, 2009)
Red Without Blue (Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills, Todd Sills, 2007)
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (James Crump, 2007)
Smalltown Gay Bar (Malcolm Ingram, 2006)
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (Bennett Singer, Nancy D. Kates, 2003)
Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston, 1990)