Must-Watch Documentaries About LGBTQ History, Rights and Visibility

While October marks LGBTQ History Month and June is when many Pride celebrations happen around the country, these non-fiction films and documentary series can (and should) be watched any time. All of them re-examine the history, rights and visibility of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community through various perspectives and points in time, from the fight for rights during the pre-Stonewall era, how the AIDS epidemic had a lasting impact on the community, to depictions in media today.

ET has rounded up ones currently streaming on various platforms, like Apple TV+, HBO Max and Netflix. No matter what, these are eras, people and places in history that should not be forgotten.

A Secret Love
A Secret Love is one of several Netflix projects that shine a light on untold histories from Ryan Murphy. The heartfelt and emotional film tells the lifelong love story between Pat Henschel and former baseball player Terry Donahue. While Donahue’s time as a catcher for the Peoria Redwings of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League inspired the 1992 classic A League of Their Own, her nearly seven decades-long romance with Henschel did not make it into the story. But in the doc, the couple finally tell their truth, from the first time they met to eventually coming out. “Those ladies are heroes and unseen heroes is very much in my wheelhouse,” Murphy says, explaining his desire to tell stories about varied, overlooked parts of history. “I’m interested in people not being seen. I’m interested in using whatever influence I have, which is like a big fat spotlight and shining it into dark places that haven’t had a lot of attention

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