By the time "The Out List" premieres on HBO Thursday evening, it will already feel a little dated.
That's not meant as a knock on director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' documentary, a compilation of interviews with 16 prominent members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Well-known celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears all get time to directly address the camera and chat about where LGBT America has been and where it's headed.
So, too, do less-familiar faces like Latina lesbian sheriff Lupe Valdez and New York ball performer Tiggy Pucci Garcon -- which is good news, since it's the lesser-known subjects who have the more interesting stories. By blending diverse perspectives, "The Out List" offers an entertaining and comprehensive examination of LGBT life.
Still, the hour-long film reveals the challenges posed by documenting something that is actively evolving -- especially when the changes come as rapidly as they have to the LGBT movement. HBO chose to air "The Out List" on the 44th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the same day many expected to be the last day of the Supreme Court's term. The timing isn't without its downside. Wednesday's landmark court decisions have already changed the national conversation on LGBT rights, and within the documentary, comments from several interviewees now feel out-of-date. Most notably, financial guru Suze Orman's discussion of her tax situation suddenly feels like a history lesson.