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6 LGBT Docs You Should Watch (For Free!) On SnagFilms This Pride Weekend

6 LGBT Docs You Should Watch (For Free!) On SnagFilms This Pride Weekend

Over Pride Month, we here at /bent partnered with SnagFilms to offer you six free, fantastic LGBT films — and help out our LGBT sisters and brothers in the process.  We  shared some of SnagFilms’ great LGBT content (which you can watch here too), and for every time you follow @thebentblog and retweet this tweet, we donated 10 cents to The Trevor Project (which you still have a couple days to do!), the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people. And on top of that we’re donate an additional $1,000 if the films collectively get 50,000 streams. 

Here’s links to all six films, which definitely would make for some powerful viewing this Pride weekend:

Silverlake Life: The View From Here: Peter Friedman, Mark Massi and Tom Joslin’s “Silverlake Life: The View From Here,” an incredibly moving documentary from 1993 that rightfully won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Berlin’s Teddy Award and a Peabody Award.  The film documents the final months of a relationship between two gay men, Tom Joslin and Mark Massi, as they both struggle to deal with AIDS. It began with diaries filmed with a hand held camera by Joslin from when Massi was diagnosed from AIDS, and then when Joslin himself becomes too sick to work, Massi takes over the camera. In the end, Peter Friedman — one of Joslin’s students in USC’s documentary program — finished the film, as both men no longer could. It is a true testament to humanity, and sincerely one of the best documentaries to ever deal with AIDS… Certainly not an easy watch at times, but a crucial one as we consider our history as LGBT people this June. Watch it here.

Fagbug: Erin Davies’ lovely 2009 documentary “Fagbug” follows literally a Volkswagen New Beetle owned by Davies who, in response to graffiti on her car (“fag” and “u r gay” were spray painted on it because she had a rainbow sticker), embarked on a trans-American road trip to raise awareness of LGBT rights — and turned it into a film. The 55,000 mile journey through 41 U.S. states saw her interview 536 people and spoke out against hate crimes.  It’s a moving snapshot of views on LGBT people across America, with Davies certainly an inspiration to us all. Watch it here.

Southern Comfort: Katie Davis’ incredible 2001 documentary “Southern Comfort” is a new edition to the SnagFilms family. It documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male who is diagnosed with ovarian cancer and turned down for treatment by over 20 doctors out of fear that their reputations would be tarnished for treating him. By the time he finally finds treatment, the cancer is far too advanced for him to be saved.  Devastating, touching and sweet all at the same time, filmmaker Kate Davis’ documentation of this travesty makes for an incredible film. The Sundance Film Festival certainly though so back in 2001, when it won the Grand Jury Prize.  Watch it here.

Inspired: Charles Gage’s very moving 2011 documentary “Inspired: The Voices Against Prop 8,” remains timely 3 years later as dozens of other States continue their fight for marriage equality. The film chronicles several people’s lives in the wake of the passage of Prop 8, with live footage following average people from all walks of life, inspired to action in ways they never areamed. Certainly an inspiring way to wind down your Pride Month… Watch it here.

Tying The Knot: Jim de Sève’s 2004 documentary “Tying The Knot,” which despite being 10 years old, remains incredibly relevant. Winner of the documentary award at Frameline, the film explores the political war between gays and lesbians who want to marry and those determined to stop them: If you lost the one you love, how would it feel to have your love placed on trial? After a bank robber’s bullets ends the life of cop Lois Marrero, her wife of thirteen years, Mickie, discovers a police department willing to accept the women’s relationship but unwilling to release Lois’s pension. When Oklahoma rancher Sam loses his husband of 25 years, cousins of the deceased spouse challenge his will and move to evict Sam from his home. As Mickie and Sam take up battle stations to defend their lives, TYING THE KNOT digs deeply into the past and present to uncover the meaning of marriage today, focusing on such key issues as rights, privilege, and love. Watch it here.

For My Wife: In December 2006, a torrential rainstorm hit Seattle. Tragic circumstances found Kate Fleming, a recording artist, trapped in her basement studio. Her spouse of nine years, Charlene Strong, returned home to find Kate sealed behind the studio door as the waters rose. Charlene’s efforts to free Kate ended when the water reached the ceiling level. But Charlene’s nightmare did not end once the firemen retrieved Kate’s body and transferred her to the ICU of a nearby hospital. Emergency room staff barred Charlene from entry to be with Kate, as she lay dying. A “blood relative” was needed to grant the necessary permission. Precious time was lost as Charlene made frantic phone calls to Kate’s family. Kate died that night, minutes after Charlene was finally given that permission. After facing this loss and the humiliation of a funeral director’s bigotry, Charlene decided to take a stand. She contacted members of Washington’s legislature, who at that time were debating Domestic Partnership rights, a cause that had failed in years past. Charlene Strong’s dramatic congressional testimony is credited in the bill’s passage. This event put Charlene on a new path, that of “activist,” her cause – Marriage Equality for Lesbian and Gay Americans who lack the most basic of legal protections. Her story is one of courage and determination. It is one that inspires the activist in all of us, as it asks the soul-searching question: What would you do? Watch it here.

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