Happy Pride Month fellow ally’s and LGBTQ+ community folks
LGBTQ+ movies were once a rare subject matter for the entertainment industry. But as times changed and society progressed in its thought process, these films started making their way into mainstream media bringing forth real-life struggles for equality and justice, true stories, and fictions portraying reality. The entertainment industry is still dominated by heterosexual films and content which are often repetitive and on the same lines but anyhow, the conscious effort made by filmmakers to bring forth and normalize LGBTQ+ communities is commendable. As an LGBTQ+ ally, the progress brings me immense joy.
Pride Month is in its 51st year, and it is a time when thousands of people come together to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community by marching in parades and visiting festivals. But why June? On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Uprising in New York City started it all. Following a police raid on a gay bar in Greenwich Village, the city was wracked by rioting and protests. The Stonewall riots ushered in a new era of LGBTQ advocacy.
Here’s a list of LGBTQ+ movies on Netflix that’ll help you understand and consume more content related to the community.
1. Dance Of The Forty One
Dance Of The Forty One tops the list of LGBTQ+ movies on Netflix that have released recently. When I completed watching the movie it left me devastated and in awe of the characters. The film is so intricately designed and detailed in every frame that you can’t help but stay hooked and feel for the characters.
The film is based on the real-life society scandal in 20th century Mexico where an illegal raid took place while the annual ball of a secret society with 42 men commenced on 17 November 1901 in Colonia Tabacalera, Mexico. The scandal was called “the invention of the homosexuality in Mexico”. It was a big deal as various notable names and congressmen were a part of the same. It is due to this scandal that Mexico, for the first time ever, openly talked about the LGBTQ+ community. The event was mocked, frowned upon, and satirized in the popular media of the era giving these men the title of ‘41 Maricones’. A must-watch film!
Dance of the Forty One is streaming on Netflix.
2. The Boys In The Band
When it first aired, the show caused a stir in both LGBTQ+ and mainstream culture because of its realistic portrayal of the gay community. The story of six gay guys at a house party is continued in the 2020 adaption, with the arrival of an unexpected guest throwing their evening into chaos.
The Boys in the Band is streaming on Netflix.
3. A Secret Love
Another beautiful and strong addition to the list of LGBTQ+ movies is A Secret Love. The official synopsis of the film reads “A former baseball player keeps her lesbian relationship a secret from her family for seven decades.” The film received a positive response from audiences and critics and was called out as a strong and heartwarming coming out documentary.
A Secret Love is streaming on Netflix.
4. The Half Of It
Ellie Chu, played by Nancy Drew‘s Leah Lewis, is a shy and introverted Asian-American girl who offers to help the school jock (Daniel Diemer) woo his infatuation. Ellie also likes her, which is a major plot point and surprise. “In the process, one educates the other about the meaning of love as they find connection in the most unlikely of places.” The Half Of It premiered to rave reviews and received the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2020.
The Half of It is streaming on Netflix.
5. The Life and Death Of Marsha P. Johnson
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson follows Victoria Cruz, an American LGBTQ+ rights advocate and retired domestic abuse counsellor, as she examines the death of Marsha P. Johnson, a leading voice in the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Marsha founded STAR (the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with fellow activist Sylvia Rivera to support homeless transgender adolescents in New York City. She was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and committed her life to be an outspoken champion for trans persons of colour. Marsha was found dead in the Hudson River in 1992, at the age of 46, in what authorities determined to be a suicide. Marsha’s friends, including Sylvia, believe she was assassinated.
The Life and Death Of Marsha P. Johnson is streaming on Netflix.
6. Alex Strangelove
This film begins like any other teen film: Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny), a high school senior, wishes to lose his virginity to his sweetheart. This one, however, has a twist. He meets and falls in love with Elliot (Antonio Marziale). The film has got all the classic adolescent movie tropes: a little teenage angst, charming moments, and sexual exploration.
Alex Strangelove is streaming on Netflix.
7. Elisa and Marcela
The first same-sex marriage in Spain is the subject matter of this 2019 film by Spanish director Isabel Coixet. The gripping true story follows Elisa Sanchez Loriga, who assumed the identity of Mario Sánchez in order to marry Marcela Gracia Ibeas, her companion. Although this marriage, which took place on June 8, 1901, received some flak, it was later discovered that the Catholic church never officially condemned it. The couple, on the other hand, spent the remainder of their lives fleeing persecution.
Elisa and Marcela is streaming on Netflix.
Begin with Disclosure if you want a thorough introduction to the lives of trans individuals. While no single experience can adequately represent any one community, Disclosure provides a personal and hopeful glimpse at the trans community’s progress in becoming seen, welcomed, and appreciated as the individuals they are.
Disclosure is streaming on Netflix.
While there are numerous other LGBTQ+ movies that are worth your time, these are our top picks for the list! Did we miss any of your favorite movies? Tell us in the comments.