June is covered with the colors of a flag, symbol of diversity and struggle for legal and social equality for the LGBTIQ+ collective in conmemoration of the Stonewall riots that took place during that month of 1969. This event marked a turning point and the beginning of a road toward greater and more important visibility and respect for the rights of that community.
Stonewall Inn is the name of a club that was located in the Greenwich neighborhood of New York. The police entered the facility to make a raid. However, this triggered riots in reaction to the situation of helplessness and in part persecution of a collective who was constantly in the spotlight of American society simply because the law recognized us as a collective and even in many American states it was illegal.
Given the circumstances of the coronavirus, this year the celebration of the Gay Pride Festival in Madrid will not take place in person and will be held through online platforms from July 1 to 5.
On the occasion of Pride Month we want to share a list of five documentaries, five films and five series to bring us closer to what the collective’s struggle has meant over the last few years.
A Family is a Family is a Family (2010)
The concept of family from a children’s perspective offers a different and broad view of the family structure today. In this a film produced by actress Rosie O’Donnell, the children explain in front of the camera the different models of family, making the viewer see that having two parents, a mother or being adopted is as feasible as having a father and a mother in the traditionally classic way. Available on HBO.
Michael Lost and Found (2018)
A totally controversial documentary in which Michael Glatze and Benjie Nycum meet again. After their relationship ended, Michael goes from being an activist for LGBTIQ+ rights to being an evangelical pastor who denies the collective. This 19-minute video has been the subject of controversy among critics. Although its authors intend to seek an answer through an uncomfortable face-to-face. Available on Netflix.
Pol Galofré, Jana Arcega and Marta Reina explain their experiences and how they live the fact of not being heterosexual in this society. This is a talk in which, through three testimonies on camera, they bring the listeners closer to their realities. Available at Amazon Prime Video.
A Mosque Without Lockers (2017)
It is part of a series of reports produced by the Diario Vice and can be seen on Movistar+. It shows the testimonies of the man who created the first inclusive mosque in the world or the first transsexual woman who participated in a beauty contest.
McKellen: taking sides (2017)
The actor who gave life to the famous magician Gandalf of the Lord of the Rings is the protagonist of a documentary that alternates biography with the social problems the actor has been involved with. In particular, for his defence of LGBTrQ+ rights and when he made public his homosexuality at the age of 49. Available in Filmin.
It’s 1969 and young Danny Winters starts a new phase in New York leaving behind his friends and loved ones, after being kicked out of his parents’ house. He settles in the Greenwich Village neighborhood, where he will live with all the people who will become his new family the consequences of a society without any conscience and the beginning of a fight towards equality that starts with the throwing of a single brick.
The Danish Girl (2015)
Based on a novel by writer David Ebershoff inspired by the true story of Lili Helbe, the first person known to have undergone sex-change surgery. The film tells a moving love story between Gerda and Einar. In the early 20th century, the couple will experience Einar’s search for gender identity after posing in a dress for a painting of her partner Gerda. It is available on Netflix.
We only have to dance (2019)
A film that reveals aspects of a culture unknown to many. The filmmaker, Levan Akin, tells the life of a young traditional dancer and how he experiences homosexuality in Georgia, a country that appears to be open in a legislation that protects many rights but in practice is useless, partly because of the influence that Russia has on it. Available at Movistar+.
My name is Harvey Milk (2008)
Based on the events that led Harvey Milk to become an activist and the first openly gay with a public charge in the United States. A good reflection of the journey to achieve equality and political activity in the community. Sean Penn was awarded an Oscar and a Bafta for so subtly embodying a very important character in the history of the collective. Available on Google Play Movies and TV.
Laurel Heel is a New Jersey cop, diagnosed with terminal cancer, who wants to leave her earned pension to her partner, Stacie Andree. However, they are forced to start a legal battle as they are put in a lot of obstacles by the fact of being a homosexual couple. This is a film with luxury actresses like Julian Moore but perhaps it does not go very deep into what this case means socially based on real facts. Available on Netflix.
When we Rise (2017)
A mini-serie that tells the story of the collective’s journey to achieve civil rights approval. It begins in the early 1970s by putting into context the background of the 1960s and shows the story of characters who were activists in real life. Available on HBO.
Grace and Frankie (2015)
A serie in which the main characters are entering their senior years and have to face life without hiding from how they really feel, after having pretended to be heterosexual. Available on Netflix.
Please like me (2013)
It tells the life of Josh, a young man who discovers himself and realizes that he is gay, this causes him to start living a great adventure with his family and friends. Available on Netflix.
A mother must have a conversation with her six children, the series develops the process she has to go through when telling people that she is transgendered in order to receive acceptance from her family.
Years and Years (2019)
A serie that focuses on the experiences of the Lyon family and poses a politically and economically unstable situation. A dark future with magnificently portrayed LGBTQ+ characters and social criticism of the proliferation of technology and extremism. Available on HBO.