The two indie films didn't have major star power, but were critical darlings in 2011. Rashaad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road starred Harmony Santana as a transgender teen living in the Bronx. Dee Rees' Pariah featured Adepero Oduye as a lesbian teenager from Brooklyn struggling with identity and family. Both films were honored with various indie awards and proved that LGBT stories are neccassary.
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