50 Lesbian & Bisexual Directors Hollywood Should Be Hiring

Recently Vulture listed 100 Women Directors Hollywood Should Be Hiring and about one tenth of them were LGBT-identified. It was a similar amount featured in The Women Of Hollywood Speak Out from this weekend’s issue of The New York Times. And while we’re thrilled to see some of the heavy hitters included in both pieces, there are still many lesbian and bisexual filmmakers and directors that have the kind of talent and perspective the industry desperately needs. 

Here are our suggestions, Hollywood, on the 50 lesbian and bisexual directors you should be hiring for your projects, as well as putting your money behind them for their own.

Lisa Choldenko
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The Oscar-nominated filmmaker wrote and directed High Art, Laurel Canyon, The Kids Are All Right. She also won an Emmy for her direction of HBO’s Olive Kitteridge mini-series last year.

Jamie Babbit
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Jamie started working on film with But I’m a Cheerleader, The Quiet and Itty Bitty Titty Committee, but has since found herself working in television on shows like Girls, Looking, Married and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This year she released her film Addicted to Fresno, written by wife Karey Dornetto.  

Rose Troche
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14:  Outfest Fusion Achievement Award recipient director/producer Rose Troche and actress Katherine Moennig arrive at OutFest Fusion LGBT People Of Color Film Festival Gala at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on March 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Beck Starr/Getty Images) Photo by Beck Starr/Getty Images

Making her directing debut with Go Fish in 1994, Rose went on to direct two other features and several episodes of The L Word, among other things. Next up: an ITVS series called Sugar.

Kimberly Peirce


Kimberly’s Boys Don’t Cry was a critical sensation in 1999, winning several awards including the Best Actress Oscar for star Hilary Swank. Since then, Kim has directed two other features (Stop Loss and Carrie) and has made the transition to television with Turn, Halt and Catch Fire, and Manhattan.