Top Five LGBT Films with Pride

By Johnny Symons
Posted on June 1, 2011

Johnny Symons has made two films with ITVS: Ask Not and Daddy & Papa. In celebration of LGBT month this June, the Bay Area filmmaker offered BTB his top five, favorite LGBT films.


I make non-fiction films about the LGBT experience to help right a wrong:  there aren’t nearly enough authentic, complex images of gay people out there.  The result is that too many people – gay and straight – perpetuate narrow, homophobic stereotypes, and continue to live in fear.  My work is inspired by other gay documentaries, including the ones below.  I plan to keep making films like these until there’s no more need for them.

The Times of Harvey Milk 

Paris is Burning 

Tongues Untied 

Tongzhi in Love 

Be Like Others

Symons recently dropped by ITVS and talked about his early experiences working with the organization as an emerging independent filmmaker.


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