The LGBTQ community has always had to fight for their right to equal treatment and legal protections, and that fight is in no way finished today. Even as the U.S. has made huge strides with the passage of same-sex marriage laws and job protections for LGBTQ employees, each and every step toward those victories has been hard-won, and the gay rights movement is full of stories that need telling. These movies and TV shows focusing on the fight for gay rights in the U.S. and notable figures from across the movement, from the 1969 Stonewall riots to the life of Harvey Milk, will remind you exactly why we have to keep fighting for LGBTQ acceptance and equality — because unfortunately, stories of discrimination and homophobia are still rampant today.
Whether you’re looking for a long-form series, dramatic biopic, or prefer to get straight to the source with a documentary, these viewing picks will enhance your understanding of where we are in the fight for equality and inspire you with their stories of activism and sacrifice. Read on for the best viewing picks to learn more about American’s gay rights movement.
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