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Out Of The Closets And Into The Cinemas!: Meeting Queer Folks In Dark Rooms

A collection of queer characters, representations, and sensibilities on film. From queer masterpieces to camp classics, documentaries to romantic comedies, horror flicks to historical biographies. From independent art house films to multiplex popcorn blockbusters, epic sagas to festival shorts, Oscar winners to Direct-To-Video. From the realistic to the stereotypical, the explicit to the subtexted, the uplifting to the oppressive. We really are everywhere. (Except, of course, in the millions of films that pretend that we aren’t.)

Note that this is not exactly a “Pride” list, since it is not limited to films that present us in a positive manner. Some of these films include extremely violent gay bashings and killings. Others have very minor blink-and-you’ll-miss-them LGBT cameos or only include…

There are 83 documentary films in this list released in the 1990s.

  • The Celluloid Closet
  • The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
  • A Bit Of Scarlet
  • Homo Promo
  • Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities
  • Paris Is Burning
  • Divine Trash
  • Get Bruce!
  • Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter
  • Paris Was a Woman
  • The Brandon Teena Story
  • After Stonewall
  • Daddy and the Muscle Academy
  • Shinjuku Boys
  • Blue
  • Black Is … Black Ain’t
  • Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker
  • Strip Jack Naked
  • Out of the Past
  • Party Monster: The Shockumentary
  • Woubi Chéri
  • Body Without Soul
  • ChickenHawk
  • Private Dicks: Men Exposed
  • Breasts: A Documentary
  • Truth or Dare
  • Menmaniacs - The Legacy of Leather
  • Glitterbug
  • I Am My Own Woman
  • Beefcake
  • Rock Hudson's Home Movies
  • Unzipped
  • Silence = Death
  • Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives
  • P(l)ain Truth
  • Resident Alien
  • Feed Them to the Cannibals!
  • Out: Stories of Lesbian and Gay Youth
  • Tender Fictions
  • Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity
  • Licensed to Kill
  • Belfast, Maine
  • Enchanted
  • Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema
  • Coming Out Under Fire
  • Kiss 25 Goodbye
  • Female Misbehavior
  • Queercore
  • Wigstock: The Movie
  • Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco - The Castro
  • The Sex Warrior and the Samurai
  • Outlaw
  • She's Real (Worse than Queer)
  • The Queer Reveries of James Bidgood
  • No Regret
  • You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men
  • Absolutely Positive
  • Acting Up for Prisoners
  • Actions Speak Louder Than Words
  • Age of Dissent
  • Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer
  • Alone Together: Young Adults Living With HIV
  • B.D. Women
  • Beyond Imagining: Margaret Anderson and the 'Little Review'
  • Diana's Hair Ego: AIDS Info Up Front
  • Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon
  • Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too
  • Massillon
  • Nico Icon
  • Not Angels but Angels
  • A Place Called Lovely
  • Sink or Swim
  • Storme: Lady of the Jewel Box
  • (Tell Me Why): The Epistemology of Disco
  • Thank You and Good Night
  • Vanilla Sex
  • Vital Signs
  • Voices from the Front
  • Off the Straight & Narrow
  • Pride Divide
  • Hide and Seek
  • Treyf
  • When Love Is Gay