LGBTQ Documentaries

Celebrate Pride Month with these picks from the Carnegie Library Music, Film & Audio Department. The Carnegie Library has a sizable LGBTQ film collection, which you can browse online here and here.

Also check out our friends at the Queer Video Vault, who have generously donated many items to the collection!

Before You Know It

An intimate portrait of three very dissimilar LGBTQ individuals living out their retirement years.

Call Me Kucha

David Kato was the first openly gay man in Uganda. While new legislation is being proposed to make homosexuality illegal and punishable by death, Kato works with local activists to stop the new law from passing.

The Celluloid Closet

This documentary showcases the evolution of the representation of LGBTQ individuals in film and media.

Do I Sound Gay?

A journalist interviews LGBTQ icons and celebrities to explore the cultural history of the gay voice in media and culture.

Kumu Hina

This documentary takes a look at a little known aspect of Native Hawaiian culture — the idea of the mahu, or one who is both male and female.

Paris is Burning

This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City in the 1980s and their joyous underground culture and customs.

Portrait of Jason

Jason Holliday is a fantastic story teller, and in this documentary he enthusiastically opens up about what it was like to be African American and openly gay in 1960s America.


The story of Vito Russo, activist and author of The Celluloid Closet.