Picks for the Pandemic: Pride Month

July 29, 2020 -

Produced by: Tropic Cinema
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The Tropic is providing our curated streaming recommendations on a variety of topics during our closure—here are some great films streaming for Pride!

Once you’ve checked out The SurrogateFor They Know Not What They Do, Queen of Lapa and the Pioneers of Queer Cinema bundle, here’s what to watch next. (Streaming services in parentheses are offering the films free to subscribers — most are also available to rent from Google Play, Amazon, Vudu and others.)

The Laramie Project (HBOMax)
What happens to an American town when a terrible crime rips it apart and thrusts it into the national spotlight? That is the question that led a New York City theatre troupe to the town of Laramie, Wyoming, to seek out residents whose lives were changed after a gay college student named Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead off a rural road.

Pride (Amazon Prime)
Based on an inspirational true story. Set in the summer of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem: the Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix)
Structured as a whodunit, with activist Victoria Cruz cast as detective and audience surrogate, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson celebrates the lasting political legacy of Stonewall activist Johnson, while seeking to finally solve the mystery of her unexplained death.

The Normal Heart (HBOMax)
Telling the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, director Ryan Murphy takes an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

The Times of Harvey Milk (HBOMax)
Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continued to inspire disenfranchised people around the world. This 1984 documentary traces his life and influence.

Before Stonewall (Hoopla)
New York City’s Stonewall Inn is regarded by many as the site of gay and lesbian liberation since it was at this bar that drag queens fought back against police June 27-28, 1969. This 1985 documentary uses extensive archival film, movie clips and personal recollections to construct an audiovisual history of the gay community before the Stonewall riots.

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