GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary

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The GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary is one of the annual GLAAD Media Awards which is offered to the best LGBT-related film released for major distribution. First awarded in 1991, it was known as the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film (Documentary) until 1997, when the award was renamed to its current name.

List of winners and nominees by year[edit]

Winning nominees are indicated by bold text.










  • Out of the Past
  • The Brandon Teena Story
  • Dear Jesse
  • The Real Ellen Story
  • Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco - The Castro



  • After Stonewall
  • E! True Hollywood Story (For episode "Divine")
  • Golden Threads
  • The Man Who Drove with Mandela
  • Out at Work





  • A Boy Named Sue (Showtime)
  • Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (PBS)
  • Daddy & Papa (PBS)
  • Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay (PBS)
  • School's Out: The Life of a Gay High School in Texas (MTV)







Year Film Director Producer(s)
2010 Ask Not Johnny Symons Johnny Symons, Leah Wolchok
Be Like Others Tanaz Eshaghian Tanaz Eshaghian, Christoph Jorg
Derek Isaac Julien, Bernard Rose Colin MacCabe, Eliza Mellor
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls Leanne Pooley Arani Cuthbert
U People Olive Demetrius, Hanifah Walidah Olive Demetrius, Hanifah Walidah
2011 8: The Mormon Proposition Reed Cowan, Steven Greenstreet Reed Cowan, Steven Greenstreet, Bruce Bastian, Chris Volz, Emily Pearson
Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement Susan Muska, Gréta Ólafsdóttir Elle Flanders, Susan Muska, Gréta Ólafsdóttir
Out. The Glenn Burke Story Doug Harris Doug Harris, Sean Maddison
Prodigal Sons Kimberly Reed Kimberly Reed, Israel Ehrisman, John Keitel
Sylvester Classietta Foreman Classietta Foreman
2012 Becoming Chaz Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Mona Card, Gabriel Rotello
Two Spirits Lydia Nibley Russell Martin, Lydia Nibley
We Were Here David Weissman, Bill Weber David Weissman
The World's Worst Place to be Gay? Chris Alcock Chris Alcock
2013 How to Survive a Plague David France Dan Cogan
Codebreaker Clare Beavan, Nic Stacey Paul Ashby, Jennifer Beamish, Clare Beavan, Ryan Greenawalt, Patrick Sammon, Paul Sen, Bennett Singer
Hit So Hard P. David Ebersole Todd Hughes, Christina Soletti
Vito Jeffrey Schwarz Jon Glover, Philip Harrison
Wish Me Away Bobbie Birleffi, Beverly Kopf Bobbie Birleffi, Beverly Kopf
2014 Bridegroom Linda Bloodworth-Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Shane Bitney Crone
Call Me Kuchu Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Katherine Fairfax Wright Malika Zouhali-Worrall
God Loves Uganda Roger Ross Williams Roger Ross Williams, Julie Goldman
The New Black Yoruba Richen Yoruba Richen, Yvonne Welbon
Valentine Road Marta Cunningham Marta Cunningham, Sasha Alpert, Eddie Schmidt
2015 L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin Lauren Lazin Lauren Lazin
The Case Against 8 Ben Cotner, Ryan White Ben Cotner, Ryan White
Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word Laverne Cox Casey Acierno, Noopur Agarwal, Mariana Agathoklis, Ronnie Cho, Ruth Cleary, Rich Ferraro, Thomas Fishman, Stephanie Perez, Mike Stafford, Charles Thornton
To Russia with Love Noam Gonick Laina Cohn
True Trans with Laura Jane Grace Austin Reza Austin Reza
2016 Kumu Hina Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
Limited Partnership Thomas G. Miller Thomas G. Miller, Kirk Marcolina
Mala Mala Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles
Tab Hunter Confidential Jeffrey Schwarz Allan Glaser
Tig Kristina Goolsby, Ashley York Kristina Goolsby, Ashley York, Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub
2017 Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey Katharina Otto-Bernstein
Out of Iraq Chris McKim, Eva Orner Chris McKim, Eva Orner
The Same Difference Nneka Onuorah Anthony Allred, Nneka Onuorah
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four Deborah S. Esquenazi Sam Tabet
The Trans List Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Ingrid Duran, Catherine Pino, Sam McConnell, Tommy Walker, Chad Thompson