Louis C.K. Debuts LGBT Gang Documentary, Check It

Louis C.K. Debuts LGBT Gang Documentary, Check It

The powerful, moving documentary about the LGBTQ+ community will make you think twice about street stigmas.

The powerful, moving documentary about the LGBTQ+ community will make you think twice about street stigmas.

Text: Emma Blanchard

Comedian Louis C.K. is using his influential platform to bring attention to an important documentary, Check It. The documentary follows members of a gang struggling to survive in crime-ridden neighborhoods in Washington D.C. This group of people are not your typical street gang: comprised of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals, the "check it gang" is redefining the word solidarity.

Directed by Toby Oppenheimer and Dana Flor and executive produced by Steve Buscemi, the film paints an intimate portrait of the lives of several LGBTQ+ individuals who band together to fight against violence. The "check it gang" is one group in one city, yet their unity serves to represent a larger group of people who are marginalized nationally. The dynamic film challenges the stigma of growing up gay in a low-income, black neighborhood. According to C.K., “It was an amazing emotional ride. It was funny and moving, I learned a lot and it gave me a lot to think about after.”

Check It is available for download on C.K.'s website for $5.

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