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In honor of Pride Month, we put together a collection of documentaries that explore some of the many challenges faced by the LGBTQ community, and the ongoing fight for equality. From the Stonewall Uprising, to the oldest lesbian bar in the United States, the films listed shed a light on the lives of gays, lesbians, and trans people, while showing the evolution of the Gay Rights Movement. Below, find 10 documentary films that you can rent (or buy) on Amazon Prime Video. If you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, you can joint today for free (the membership will cost you $12.99 a month after a free 30-day trial). For more LGBTQ content check out our roundup of movies and books celebrating activist Harvey Milk.
The title says it all. This 2011 documentary directed by David Heilbroner and Kate Davis, details the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The three-day uprising, which was sparked after police raided a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, launched the modern day gay rights movement. You can rent “Stonewall Uprising” on Prime Video or purchase the film on DVD.
Released in 2014, “We Can Be Gay Today” takes audiences inside the struggle for equality in Lithuania, one of the most homophobic states in the European Union. Filmmakers François Message and Nathalie Sibille attended the 2013 Baltic Pride, when the event was open to the public on the streets of Vilnius for the first time.
Directed by Daryl Wein, “Sex Positive” explores the life of a gay sex worker turned AIDS activist, Richard Berkowitz. The film details Berkowitz’s contribution to the invention of safe sex.
Latrice Royale, from “RuPual’s Drag Race,” is the focus of the 2018 documentary “Gay in Prison,” from filmmaker Christopher Hines. The film details Royale’s time behind bars along while exploring the stories and obstacles faced by other formerly and currently incarcerated LGBTQ inmates.
“The Fall of ’55” is about a sex scandal that erupted in the small town of Boise, Idaho in the fall of 1955. The film chronicles an apparent gay sex ring involving adult men preying on teen boys, and the subsequent witch hunt that ensued.
Travel back to the ‘90s with “Last Call at Maud’s,” which is about the vivacious women who frequented the oldest lesbian bar in the United States. Paris Poirier’s 1993 film takes you back to an era where bars doubled as cultural institutions within the lesbian community.
“Do I Sound Gay?” looks into the controversial topic of what makes a voice “gay.” The film, directed by David Thorpe, features interviews with George Takei, David Sedaris, Margaret Cho, and more.
Not to be confused with the series of the same name, this 2005 documentary film follows 19 trans men from 14 different states. The title is a play on the words “trans” and “parent,” as most of the trans men chronicled in the film have given birth to and raised their biological children.
Another entry directed by Poirier, “Pride Divide” tackles the divide between men and women within the LGBTQ community. The award-winning film features interviews with over a dozen men and women including comedian Kate Clinton, drag performer Joan Jett Blakk, neurologist Simon LeVay, activist Barbara Gittings, and journalist Michelangelo Signorile.
“Gay USA” is a groundbreaking film for the time period. Released in 1977, the documentary directed by Arthur J. Bressan Jr. looks at Gay Pride parades thrown all over the country. The movie was shot in just one day by 25 different filmmakers across the U.S.