One part love letter, one part history lesson, one part all-star roster of LGBTQ TV icons.
Not all libraries have Kanopy access, but if yours does, you are hot to trot, my friend. Much like the subjects of the documentary about same-sex ballroom dancing, Hot to Trot, discussed within! Just a little LGBT documentary humor for you.
Thirteen of the queerest films from Kanopy, a database you can access through your local library!
For a documentary about a circus cat show, the film is about so much more about the human relationships that shape us. It’s about how us strays and weirdos put the glitter eyeshadow on because we know we’re actually superstars in waiting. Also, it’s about the world’s only all-cat rock band.
You know when you’ve heard your best friend tell a story, even though you’ve only heard it once, you’re buzzing with energy to share it with others? Lubin’s documentary feels like that.
Bad Reputation reminds us that people with a knack for keeping their cool during trying times aren’t apathetic. Sometimes, they’re exactly what we — and our headphones — need.
These are the documentaries that changed our lives and/or made us better people and/or entertained us. Maybe you’ll like them too!
The new documentary Growing Up Coy examines what it’s like to grow up as a young trans girl in a country that is constantly creating laws that target you.
“It took watching I Don’t Wanna Be A Boy to show me that the negative attitudes towards trans women have always been pervasive in society, that from 1994 to 2016 there hasn’t been much change in how society views us. But it also taught me that we share a sisterhood of sorts. No matter what time and what place, trans women of color are connected by our similar experiences.”
18 documentaries about crime and the criminal justice system you can find on Netflix streaming or Amazon and watch while you sit on your couch or chair or bed or wherever it is that you like to sit.
Where “Transparent” succeeds in telling a trans story that’s largely focused on how cis people relate to and see trans people, “This is Me” goes one step further and shows trans people talking to other trans people about their lives and experiences.
If you’d like to spend the day learning about Sharks and outer space and wildlife on Netflix, then boy oh boy are you in for a treat!
Nancy Kates’ new documentary, now airing on HBO, is a portrait of the queer woman who made knowledge sexy.
I have to come to expect that kind of technicolor Sapphic unreality in all of my Chaiken programming, which is exactly why I did not expect L Word Mississippi: Hate The Sin. And I’m glad I didn’t, because this is a documentary worth seeing on its own terms.
So much of our cultural rhetoric around breastfeeding is tied to a sense of what women should be doing rather than what they would like to or are even able to do. Breastfeeding isn’t purely a medical issue, but neither is it a wholly moral one. And all the parameters that go into a woman’s decision to breastfeed pale next to the fear that she is somehow failing her child.
What do you buy someone who fuels themselves only on the knowledge that the world is an inherently imbalanced structure built to take advantage of people made the most vulnerable by its constructs?
Finally, some fantastic cultural analysis about women in power and women in patriotic spandex leotards saving the day.
“At the end of the day, they just want to be heard.”
Katrina’s Team PIck: Season 3 of SIGNIFIED reminds us of what many forget, and what some know all too well: queerness does not necessarily mean whiteness, and queerness is not only limited to the U.S.