LGBTQ+ stories were consigned to cautionary tales or comic relief for the majority of the film industry’s existence. If LGBTQ+ characters appeared in films, they were frequently there to encourage the main character’s development without the audience discovering anything about them. As a result, LGBTQ+ romance is a relatively new phenomenon in film, but one that is, luckily, thriving. New films made by and for gay people have recently captured the hearts of audiences and critics. But there are many romantic films that need a lot more attention. So, celebrate Pride Month with a gorgeous LGBT romance movie!
Movie to watch this Pride Month
Alex Strangelove is a contemporary rom-com about a teen boy’s quest for sexual acceptance. Daniel Doheny‘s character, Alex Truelove, is a normal, awkward adolescent who has been close friends with Claire (Madeline Weinstein) for years. The two start dating after he comforts her at a party, which leads to a kiss.
Everything seemed to be going well, or as well as a high school romance can go. Until Alex meets Elliot (Antonio Marziale), an openly gay adolescent guy, at a party, and sparks ignite. Alex begins to question whether he is bisexual or gay as a result of amusing circumstances and friendship issues, all while juggling his relationship with Claire and a budding romance with Elliot. Watch what happens next!
A documentary, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, is about precisely what it says on the tin. The film examines the evolution of transgender representation on screen in Hollywood over time and how this has impacted the queer community and American society.
Laverne Cox, MJ Rodriguez, Angelica Ross, Yance Ford, Lilly Wachowski, Chaz Bono, and others appear in the film to speak about their personal experiences. Furthermore, the film shows how Hollywood has historically represented transgender people in a negative light, giving examples of films such as Ace Ventura, Tootsie, and others. Stream the show today.
Duck Butter tells the story of two women who meet and hook up on the spur of the moment, then decide to do a romance experiment by staying together for 24 hours straight, having sex every hour, and opening up emotionally.
While Naima, portrayed by Alia Shawkat, is initially opposed to the notion, Sergio, played by Laia Costa, helps her change her mind, and the two of them seek to skip through all of the typical steps in relationships to something more intimate and revealing.
Mae Whitman, Kumail Nanjiani, the Duplass Brothers, and others star in the film, which is a terrific queer indie comedy to see on a night in.
The Half of It(2020)
Another teen rom-com, The Half of It, tells the story of Ellie Chu, a shy Chinese-American teen played by Leah Lewis, who tries to get some extra cash by helping a jock named Paul (Daniel Diemer) send love letters to the most popular girl at school. The only problem is that the lad has a thing for Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire), whom Ellie also has a thing for, which grows stronger when she reads Aster’s reactions to her ghostwritten letters.
Furthermore, Paul and Ellie begin to bond and become friends, putting Ellie in an awkward position, requiring her to keep her secret and assist Paul and Aster in their relationship, or come clean and risk losing both of them. The Half of It is a genuine hidden gem and an adolescent rom-com that everyone should see, regardless of age.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson(2017)
Many people are certainly aware of this documentary, which focuses on icons and activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who fought for homosexual and transgender rights in NYC from the ‘60s through the ‘90s. However, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson devotes a significant amount of time to this critical period in history.
It also includes LGBT rights activist Victoria Cruz and her inquiry into Johnson’s death. Despite the odd circumstances surrounding the death, it was first deemed a suicide. The film is a great choice for a movie night. And it’s a welcome addition to the growing body of LGBT films.
Other People, starring Jesse Plemons, is a film about a man named David, who returns to Sacramento to care for his mother Joanne, played by Molly Shannon, while she battles terminal cancer. At home, David must deal with his father Norman (Bradley Whitford), who has yet to accept David’s sexual orientation a decade after he came out.
As Joanne’s disease worsens, David tries to cling on to his job, his ex-boyfriend Paul (Zach Woods), and his family, which is on the verge of disintegrating once Joanne passes away.
Other People is a complex family drama about a man coping with issues that many people face, such as dealing with a family member who isn’t accepting of his sexuality and losing a parent to a long-term illness such as cancer. Stream the movie today.
The Mitchells Vs. The Machines(2021)
Michael Rianda’s animated sci-fi comedy about a road-tripping family who must save each other and the entire planet against uprising technology is a blockbuster critical and commercial hit of the pandemic period.
At the 94th Academy Awards, The Mitchells vs. the Machines was nominated for Best Animated Feature but lost. The film has received praise for including a realistic and encouraging LGBTQ character, Katie (voice of Abbi Jacobson).
Edge of Seventeen(1998)
Edge of Seventeen recounts the coming-out of a naive 17-year-old in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1984, at a time when gender-bending musicians like Boy George and the Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox were flaunting androgynous images. As the young man, played by Chris Stafford with devastating sweetness, goes through his initial rites of passage, he emerges as a sad homosexual everyman. This movie is a must-watch.
The documentary Tig, directed by Notaro’s friends Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York, begins with the comic recounting her ordeal in 2012. First, she was diagnosed with the virulent bacterial bowel disease C.diff, then she went through a breakup, then her mother died suddenly from a fall, and finally, she was diagnosed with stage 2 bilateral breast cancer, requiring a double mastectomy and hormone-blocking treatment.
These events become fuel for the fire for Notaro’s heartbreakingly funny, instantly legendary set, which was immortalized on Live. But the backbone of Goolsby and York’s film is the aftermath of her sudden rise to fame, as the comedian struggles to follow up that initial set. As well as attempting to get pregnant through a surrogate and negotiating a brand-new relationship. Stream this documentary today.
A Single Man(2009)
A Single Man follows an unhappy single man’s day in life and is based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel from 1964. Colin Firth’s character, George Falconer, is an expatriate Englishman living in Los Angeles, who works as a bespectacled college professor teaching English literature.
It’s 1962, and the air is thick with heat and change. The recent Cuban missile crisis has left America nervous, relieved yet still deeply concerned. Beatniks, bikers, and bohemians are more influenced by students, and youth culture is breaking through suburban rigidity. Falconer, a quiet gay man whose partner, Jim, died in a car accident, doesn’t care about any of this. Stream the movie to know what happens next.
Holding The Man(2015)
In Holding the Man, Tim and John met as adolescents at their all-boys high school and fell in love. Tim was an ambitious actor who played a tiny role in Romeo and Juliet, while John was the captain of the rugby team.
Their love lasted 15 years despite all life threw at them, including separations, prejudices, temptations, jealousies, and losses, until the only problem that love can’t solve tried to destroy them. Stream the movie on Netflix.
Sarah (Riley Keough), who has been neglected by her husband, embarks on a spontaneous road trip with her small kid and her best friend, Mindy (Jena Malone). The relationship between the two friends grows stronger along the way until circumstances force them apart. Years later, in the days leading up to Mindy’s wedding, Sarah tries to rekindle their romantic relationship. Stream Lovesong to know what happens next.
All of these amazing and inspiring films are currently streaming on Netflix. Watch them and let us know your favorites among them all.