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One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane (One Zero One – Die Geschichte von Cybersissy & BayBjane)

This documentale One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane (One Zero One – Die Geschichte von Cybersissy & BayBjane) follows the story of a cabaret performer and a disabled drag queen. Released in 2013, the 90-minute project was written and directed by Tim Lienhard and features Antoine Timmermans and Mourad Zerhouni. The film also features David Pereira, Gregory Rack, Joep and Hans Timmermans.

We Were Here

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, We Were Here

Directed and produced by David Weissman, We Were Here was released in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary dissects the San Francisco AIDS epidemic, as well as a series of interviews with both sufferers and crisis staff. Co-directed by Bill Weber, the film stars Ed Wolf (as himself) and features Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer and Daniel Goldstein.

The Fabulous Allan Carr

The Fabulous Allan Carr, Gay Essential Talks To Jeffrey Schwarz

“The Fabulous Allan Carr tells Allan’s story,” Jeffrey Schwarz explains. “But it’s also a social history of gay life from the 50s when little gay boys would channel their obsessions through movies and would worship glamorous movie queens through the 70s when people started coming out of the closet through the 80s when AIDS came along and ruined the party for everyone. That’s sort of the backdrop of Allan’s story.”

Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall

Behind the Curtain, Gay Essential Talks To Katherine Fairfax Wright and Todrick Hall

Katherine Fairfax Wright didn’t know who Todrick Hall was. So when a friend at Awesomeness Films called her about directing a documentary about him, she was initially hesitant until she looked him up and checked out his wildly popular YouTube channel.

Check It

Film Review: Check It at the Human Rights Art and Film Festival

Most of the members of Check It are estranged from their families or have otherwise disadvantageous home lives. A lot of them are homeless and many of them turn to prostitution in order to pay rent, eat or just survive. But what else are they supposed to do? When they get kicked out of their homes as young teenagers simply for being different and/or kicked out of school at an even younger age because of perceived behavioral problems, what other recourse do these undereducated black LGBT teenagers have?

The Freedom to Marry

Film Review: The Freedom to Marry at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

April DeBoer and Jayne Rouse live in Michigan. Between them, they have FIVE adopted children. They couldn’t legally adopt all five jointly because the laws of the state prohibit unmarried couples from adopting. But being a lesbian couple, they couldn’t get married anyway because same-sex marriage wasn’t legal in their state. This leaves their family very vulnerable to being split up should something happen to one or both of them.

Before Stonewall

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, Before Stonewall

The Stonewall riots are indisputably a pivotal moment in the timeline of LGBT rights. Before Stonewall, a 1984 documentary directed by Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg, captures the state of the LGBT community prior to the riots, as well as giving viewers a historical background to the contemporary nature of American homosexuality.

Waiting for B.

Film Review: Waiting for B. at XPOSED International Queer Film Festival

“We were born to be Beyonce fans.” When you find your calling in life, you do it on purpose. These men and women waited two months in line, camped outside a football stadium for a chance to glance at Queen B more closely. You may expect to see a film about celebrity culture, obsessive fans, or Beyonce herself seen through the eyes of those who know her persona best. You’ll end up watching a smartly done account of sexism, identity, human sexuality, homophobia, consumption, and celebrity.

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