Top 10 LGBTQ Documentaries to Watch-S03E50

Recorded: 6/27/2021 / Published: 2/17/2022
  • In this week’s episode of The Krypt we are raping up gay pride month by talking about giving you a list of the top ten LGBTQ documentaries according to Screenrant.com and then we have a quick, funny, and surprisingly refreshing bonus article about the Weiner Twitter video.
    1. Safe, sane, consensual, and informed
    2. KNKI: Knowledge, No Intolerance, Kindness, Integrity
    3. “Submission is not about authority and it’s not about obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect.” -Wm. Paul Young
  • “Top 10 LGBTQ Documentaries to Watch-S03E50” 
    1. Netflix’s “A Secret Love” (& 9 Other LGBTQ Documentaries) To Watch https://screenrant-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/screenrant.com/netflix-secret-love-other-lgbtq-documentaries-to-watch/amp/?amp_js_v=a6&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQKKAFQArABIIACAw%3D%3D#aoh=16247557426252&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fscreenrant.com%2Fnetflix-secret-love-other-lgbtq-documentaries-to-watch%2F

#10: A Secret Love (2020)

The titular A Secret Love took the audience by storm, showing that sometimes the most complex relationships are also the most loving ones. In this documentary, Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel talked about hiding their love from their families and the rest of the world for almost seven decades.

A Secret Love tells the story of their lives and their mutual bond, which lasted until Donahue’s death a year before the documentary was released. It will be interesting to watch for sports fans as well, since Donahue used to be a professional baseball player.

#9: Disclosure (2020)

Hollywood doesn’t reflect the “real world” as often as it should, which makes films that do so stand out even more. Disclosure is one example, focusing on the way Hollywood portrayed transgender people in the past and how it influenced the lives of transgender people in American culture as well.

The documentary includes multiple known transgender actresses like Jen Richards or Laverne Cox, and it discusses the way that transgender people have been – mostly inaccurately – portrayed in multiple films. Luckily, as more and more transgender people portray transgender characters, there’s hope that Hollywood could change in the future.

#8: Circus Of Books (2019)

Some of the best LGBTQ documentaries focus on people who led extraordinary lives but aren’t as known as they should be. In Circus of Books, the director Rachel Mason focuses on her parents, Karen and Barry Mason, who used to run a pornography store in Los Angeles in the 1970s, when LGBTQ culture was still shunned by most people.

The documentary manages to be both fun and touching, and it offers a unique view into a world that is now gone. Considering its time setting, it also touches on multiple troubling topics in the community, such as the AIDS crisis.

#7: Halston (2019) (Amazon Prime original documentary)

At the moment, Netflix has been promoting their Halston biopic miniseries, where Ewan McGregor plays the titular real-life fashion designer Roy Halston. But before that, a documentary titled Halston came out focused on Halston’s life, detailing both his work and his personal relationships and exploring his premature death in 1990.

It tells the story of an extraordinary man who changed the face of fashion and corroborates it with interviews from Roy Halston’s family, friends, as well his the people who used to work with him.

#6: The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)

The LGBTQ movement had a lot of prominent figures who helped to make it into what it is today. Marsha P. Johnson in particular was instrumental in creating the LGBTQ rights movement. The documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson focuses on her entire life, the start of the movement and, as the title suggests, her death as well.

Once again, it gives the audience the chance to explore history, since Marsha P. Johnson died back in 1992. Even though the police decided she committed suicide, many people continue to believe Johnson was murdered.

#5: Tig (2015)

Tig Notaro is both a successful actress and a writer. In the documentary Tig, Notaro doesn’t hide her life from the audience and shows her many experiences that people will be able to find themselves in.

That includes her battle against breast cancer, mourning the death of her mother, or her effort to have a baby. The documentary also heavily features Tig’s relationship with her fellow actress Stephanie Allynne. And considering Tig’s past as a stand-up comedian, it’s funny as well as touching.

#4: Bridegroom (2013)

The documentary film Bridegroom is sure to make many viewers sad, but it touches on a topic that deserves to be talked about. In its center lies the relationship of two men, Shane Bitney and Tom Bridegroom. They were planning to get married but all their plans vanished when Tom died after he fell from a roof.

What makes the documentary even sadder is that Tom’s family didn’t allow Shane access to Tom’s body or let him attend Tom’s funeral. In an open and honest way, the documentary presents challenges many LGBTQ couples face to this day.

#3: God Loves Uganda (2013)

Even though the American LGBTQ community hasn’t had it easy, progress still has been made. However, people in other countries aren’t so lucky – and Uganda is one of them. According to the realistically cruel documentary God Loves Uganda, LGBTQ people are persecuted there and hated. It’s not an easy watch, but it serves as an excellent eye-opener that proves the human race has a long way to go before it will become truly tolerant.

#2: We Were Here (2011)

The Circus of Books isn’t the only documentary on this list that touches on the important topic of the AIDS crisis. In fact, the documentary We Were Here predominantly focuses on it. More specifically, it tells the story of how the epidemic started in San Francisco in the 1980s.

It offers a view into those times through interviews with people who lived in San Francisco throughout these troubles. Thanks to the large array of people who appear in the film, We Were Here is both captivating and informative.

#1: Paris Is Burning (1990)

The cast of Paris Is Burning 1990 sitting together

Nowadays, LGBTQ documentaries are much more common, but that wasn’t always the case. When Paris is Burning aired in 1990, it was a big surprise. The documentary focused on the drag scene in the 1980s. And even though it was set as an educational documentary about drag, the strongest parts of the film were the interviews with people who added more insight into the ups and downs of LGBTQ+ life in America.

  • Listener Recommendations

Art Kitten: I’m not sure exactly what you’d classify it but Angel’s In America was an emotional journey about the aids epidemic in the LGBT community. Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep

K J: “Howard” and “Equal” are narratives based on the Hollywood scene.

“Original Pride: the Satyrs Motorcycle Club”

“You’re the Top: the Cole Porter Story.” EXCELLENT.

  • “Zach Weiner Owns Leaked Video, Support Goes Viral”
    1. By: Mike Mishkin / June 22, 2021
    2. https://ilovetheupperwestside.com/zach-weiner-owns-leaked-video-support-goes-viral/ 
    3. When the New York Post wrote about the leaked video of City Council District 6 candidate Zach Weiner being gagged while tied up by a dominatrix – a video which was flagged to the Post by Weiner’s own campaign manager – the 26-year-old candidate had no issues owning up to his interest in BDSM.

“I didn’t want anyone to see that, but here we are,” Weiner said in a statement to the Post. “I am not ashamed of the private video circulating of me on Twitter. This was a recreational activity that I did with my friend at the time, for fun. Like many young people, I have grown into a world where some of our most private moments have been documented online.” Weiner went on to say that he’s a “proud BDSMer” who “like[s] BDSM activity.”

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Zach Weiner Owns Leaked Video, Support Goes Viral Mike Mishkin  June 22, 2021  Community

When the New York Post wrote about the leaked video of City Council District 6 candidate Zach Weiner being gagged while tied up by a dominatrix – a video which was flagged to the Post by Weiner’s own campaign manager – the 26-year-old candidate had no issues owning up to his interest in BDSM.

“I didn’t want anyone to see that, but here we are,” Weiner said in a statement to the Post. “I am not ashamed of the private video circulating of me on Twitter. This was a recreational activity that I did with my friend at the time, for fun. Like many young people, I have grown into a world where some of our most private moments have been documented online.” Weiner went on to say that he’s a “proud BDSMer” who “like[s] BDSM activity.” The tweet: https://twitter.com/ELECTWEINER/status/1406293543975591952/photo/1 

In an age in which public apologies are the norm, Weiner’s ownership of his extracurricular interests proved to be refreshing – to over 83,000 who’ve liked his Twitter post which addresses the situation (starting with the word “Whoops”).

The vast majority of responses – at least those which are visible and at the top of the thread – are in support of both Weiner’s freedom to engage in consensual and legal activities and his ownership of those hobbies.

Twitter user @GiftBasketofDep wrote that “This has to be the most level-headed response to being the victim of a crime I’ve ever seen. Kudos to you for being honest about it and not being ashamed for engaging in consensual sex. I’ve also heard you refuse to release her name, and that’s excellent. Good on you.”

Others saw it as an opportunity to showcase their best BDSM humor. “Clearly he’s willing and able to serve. He gets my vote!” wrote @JCMac412. “Twitter really took a gamble by trying to hurt a sub with public humiliation,” wrote @grl_fieri.

The non-political headlines about the 26-year-old candidate definitely didn’t stymie support from his base.

“Weiner! Weiner! Weiner!” his supporters chanted while hoisting him in the air at his pre-election rally in Verdi Square.

In a June 21 follow up by the Post, Weiner explained why his own campaign manager flagged the video in the first place, saying that “he was trying to get ahead of a political rival plotting to use the clip against him,” adding that the video had already started going viral and that a political opponent had criticized his “poor judgment,” without identifying which opponent that was.

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