From the public coming-out of George Takai (and his partnership with Brad Takei) in “To Be Takei” to 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”) and anti-LGBT laws in places like Uganda (“Call Me Kuchu,” “God Loves Uganda”) and 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 Livingston’s “Paris is Burning,” the Sundance award-winning documentary about the world of 1980s Harlem drag balls and the quest to, above all else, be real.
The 9 films are listed below in alphabetical order:
Bridegroom (Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, 2013)
Call Me Kuchu (Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, 2012)
Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (Susan Muska, Gréta Ólafsdóttir, 2009)
God Loves Uganda (Roger Ross Williams, 2013)
How To Survive a Plague (David France, 2012)
Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston, 1990)
Red Without Blue (Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills, Todd Sills, 2007)
To Be Takei (Jennifer M. Kroot, 2014)
We Were Here (David Weissman, Bill Weber, 2011)