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Black History Month: 7 queer movies to watch on Revry

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Joshua “Zeke” Thomas is photographed on April 29, 2018, during an interview with Q Voice News in Beverly Hills. Thomas is the host of the Revry series “Amplify Voices,” which spotlights queer Black and people of color communities. Photo: Q Voice News.

Looking for some queer movies or series to celebrate Black History Month? Of course, we can celebrate the achievements of the Black community every day of the year.

Here are seven queer movies or series that are available on Revry, the LGBTQ streaming network that has the largest catalog of queer content.

About Face

As the AIDS epidemic in New York escalated during the 1980s, a young, out, and Black producer created a series of public television programs focused on HIV/AIDS. Those programs brought people who were previously ignored by mainstream media to the core of the public discussion.

“America In Transition”

This award-winning, Sundance-backed Revry Original documentary series explores the community, family, and social issues of transgender people of color across the United States. Viewers will see stories that capture the life of a veteran turned activist, an immigrant seeking a home, a woman living with HIV and healing from trauma, and a model navigating family life.

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“Amplify Voices”

An original Revry series that amplifies conversations and debates about the voices of queer Black and people of color communites. Episodes also spotlight the intersectionality of queer people of color.

“Clash”

A critique on the lack of representation for queer people of camera in U.K. television and film, this documentary also highlights inequality and the absence of media engagement with Britain’s colonial past.

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“She”

“She” follows Tanesh Nutall, a 50-year old black transgender woman from Rahway, New Jersey. In February 2016, Nutall was confronted by a city employee for using a women’s restroom in downtown San Francisco. Throughout the film, Nutall seeks justice and wants to make amends with family members that were not accepting of her gender identity. Not only does “She” discuss queer people in urban spaces, but also one’s ability to accept themselves despite the odds against them.

“Single Record”

After reaching his dream of having a hit song, a talented and arrogant rapper learns that his record label will drop him if his next song isn’t a hit. His desperation to save his career will force him to confront his identity, sexuality, and bring him to new lows that could cost him everything.

“To Be Me”

The story of a young, Midwestern African American who struggles with their gender identity is told in this film. Kate Rose Wilburn, a non-binary trans female, plays the lead character, and Emmy award winning actor Kim Estes portrays their father. The movie helps spotlight the underrepresented subject of gender identity.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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