The commencement of another Pride month on June 1st means it’s the ideal opportunity to celebrate with some fantastic LGBTQ+ films. While there had been a dearth of LGBTQ+ titles in the past, that is beginning to change. Several fictional films and documentaries depicting the lives of LGBTQ+ people of all ages are now available on Streaming Services. They have a lot to offer the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, from teen musicals and Christmas movies to strong dramedies.
The Boys In The Band
The Boys In The Band is based on Mart Crowley’s play of the same name, which had already been made into a film by Crowley. The cast of the 2018 Broadway revival reprises their roles in this film version.
The film is set in 1968 in New York and follows Michael, who is throwing a party for several of his gay friends. When Michael’s old roommate Alan comes up at Michael’s house, Michael’s party is jeopardised because Alan is unaware of Michael’s sexual orientation.
The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson
Netflix has a reputation for creating compelling documentaries, such as The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson. The film depicts the narrative of Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender woman who was active in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, particularly during the Stonewall Riots.
The film explores her life as well as her strange 1992 death, which authorities declared a suicide and never thoroughly examined. Many people still feel she was murdered to this day.
Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen is a documentary on how transgender people have been portrayed on screen in Hollywood in the past. From Laverne Cox to Alexandra Billings, the film comes together and profiles renowned transgender people in the profession. The film explores the destructive ways transgender people have been portrayed in cinema in films such as Ace Ventura and Tootsie and takes an educational approach to move forward from these false portrayals.
Duck Butter is an intriguing character-driven film that follows two cynical women who decide to spend a whole 24 hours together after being misled in previous relationships.
Sergio and Naima spend the day together getting to know each other and having sex on the hour. The two agree to participate in a love experiment in order to rekindle the intimacy they once shared, but nothing goes as planned in this LGBTQ+ comedy.
The story of two very different young roommates in a boarding school is told in Handsome Devil. Conor is the star player on the squad, whereas Ned is a quiet kid who doesn’t appreciate the school’s infatuation with rugby.
Conor is gay, and the school does not support the LGBTQ+ population, instead is more homophobic, with the exception of Mr. Sherry, a new teacher who supports Conor. Conor’s own views regarding his sexuality complicate things even further.
The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl was a critical hit when the movie was released in 2015, earning the cast several Academy Award nominations, including one win for Alicia Vikander. Though the transgender community has criticised the film for casting Eddie Redmayne as the transgender protagonist, the film nonetheless tells an essential message for the LGBTQ+ community.
The Danish Girl is set in 1920s Copenhagen and recounts the life of portrait artist Einar Wegner/Lili Elbe, who underwent one of the world’s first sex reassignment surgeries. The film seeks to depict Lili Elbe’s life before and after the surgery, focusing on the highs and lows she experienced.
Tig is a documentary about comedian Tig Notaro’s life after a video of one of her stand-up routines went viral in 2012.
The film explores Notaro’s battle with stage II breast cancer, her relationship with actress Stephanie Allynne, her attempts to conceive a child, and her grief at the death of her mother. As all of these life events unfold, Notaro delivers her stand-up routine.
Other People follow David as he returns home to care for his cancer-stricken mother. David is a gay guy, and his father refuses to accept his sexuality despite the fact that he has been out for a decade.
While his mother is undergoing therapy, David develops a bond with her and eventually decides to stop it, and the entire family reacts differently as she fades away.