A new streaming service called Documentary+ is offering tons of nonfiction content, completely for free. The streaming service is available through its website, its mobile app, and on Apple TV, Amazon, and Roku.
The streamer contains a number of famous and highly praised documentaries, including The Aristocrats, Confessions of a Superhero, and The Nightmare, among many others. They’ve also released a whole lineup of LGBTQ films that can easily be found in their Pride category.
Highlights include Hit So Hard, which follows the life and struggles of Hole’s drummer Patty Schemel, who is openly a lesbian, and Southwest of Salem, which chronicles the story of a group of Latinx women who were accused of a crime they didn’t commit.
Here’s a look at some of the LGBTQ documentaries you can stream for free, right now:
Five courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges in and out of the arena during one season of the International Gay Rodeo Association on their quest to the World Finals. From a descendant of Wyatt Earp to a glory-hungry female bull rider, these competitors show rodeo’s unexpected role in empowering the disenfranchised.
MAN MADE – An affecting and honest portrait of four transgender men as they prepare to step on stage at the only all-trans bodybuilding competition in the world.
DRESSED AS A GIRL – The producers of RuPaul’s Drag Race, World of Wonder, proudly present this epic ‘frockumentary’ spanning six years of East London’s alternative drag scene. From boob-jobs and breakdowns to killer heels, glitter, and duct tape, the raucous lives of London’s wackiest party animals are laid bare in this revealing documentary.
MUXES – The latest documentary by Ivan Olita is a piece documenting the far reaches of the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico where, in the indigenous communities around the town of Juchitán, the world is not divided simply into males and females. The local Zapotec people have made room for a third category, which they call “muxes” – men who consider themselves women and live in a socially sanctioned limbo between the two genders.
WOMAN ON FIRE – “Woman on Fire” follows Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. A character-driven documentary, the film follows Brooke as she sets out to challenge perceptions.
ELDER – A Mormon missionary finds his world turned upside down when he falls in love with a handsome, Italian Communist. With an original 8mm film, Tom Clark recounts a love story on the coast of Italy.
KELET – Kelet radiates like a star who was born to walk the runway. She is a young Somali trans woman who dreams of becoming a Vogue model. Leaving her family in Manchester to return to her childhood home in Finland, she draws on the support of her friends in the ballroom scene to immerse herself in Helsinki’s glamour.
A modern version of the Salem witchcraft trials, this Emmy-nominated, Peabody-winning documentary follows the story of four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. Director Deborah S. Esquenazi transcends her role as a filmmaker, becoming an investigator alongside attorneys at The Innocence Project.
BUNNY – An intimate portrait of the late Sandy Crisp, aka The Goddess Bunny, as detailed by her adopted son Hunter Ray Barker. Wonderfully written and absurdly shot, Barker reminds us of the magical love and importance of one’s chosen family.
HOW TO MAKE A RAINBOW – The film observes a young girl and her mother over the course of two years as they move together through transitions of home, identity, and name.
THE COCKETTES – The Cockettes, the award-winning film directed by David Weissman and Bill Weber, follows a gender-bending San Francisco performance group that became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s.
Hit So Hard directed by P. David Ebersole (a GLAAD Media Award nominee) follows artist Hole’s drummer Patty Schemel as she struggles with fame and addiction.
WE WERE HERE – We Were Here directed by David Weissman and Bill Weber, spotlights the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed. The film was nominated for an Emmy in the category of outstanding historical documentary and was a GLAAD Media Award nominee.
To see the full library of documentaries, visit Docplus.com