Despite the fact that we’re living in utter chaos right now, we should still be able to have nice things. Like celebrating pride month, for example. A full four-weeks to commemorate and honour members of the LGBTQ+ community, though loving and appreciating them should be a twenty-four-seven, three-six-five affair.
Even if you’re not part of the community, sharing and consuming related resources is a great way to get educated as an ally. While we will never fully understand the struggles, hurt, and pain that the LGBTQ+ community has faced, immersing ourselves in stories that well represent them is a close second.
Here are 6 LGBTQ-Themed films on Netflix that pay homage to our LGBTQ+ friends, as well as to kick start Pride month with.
Considering the current state of affairs in America coupled with the fact that it’s pride month, I can’t think of a better opener for this list. Moonlight is the coming-of-age story of a gay African-American boy who’s grappling with this sense of self and his sexuality. It is a visceral, real, and heart-wrenching masterpiece loved by many.
In 2017, Moonlight became the first film with an all-black cast and the first LGBTQ-related film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
Who should watch it: Anyone looking for a no-holds-barred portrayal of sexuality and identity.
Moonlight | Watch Here
When Thomas, a baker, learns of his lover’s death in Israel, he travels there seeking answers to the mystery. Truths begin to unravel and Thomas finds himself caught in one tricky situation too many.
The film received the 2018 Ophir Award for best picture after having premiered at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Who should watch it: The one who seeks a good mix of mystery, drama, and LGBTQ media representation.
The Cakemaker | Watch Here
Despite being doused in comedy, the reality of a gay man’s struggle isn’t diluted in 2016 film Other People. Following a bad breakup, a struggling writer returns home to care for his sick mother.
On top of his already troubled life, he’s forced to cohabit with his conservative father and sisters. For many, the narrative and conversations in Other People might hit a little too close to home.
Who should watch it: Anyone who’s ever felt like a stranger in their own home.
Other People | Watch Here
This psychological horror thriller will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. When a music prodigy meets her new star pupil, the two instantly connect and slowly barrel down a dark path together.
The Perfection is both gripping and horrifying in its own right, and is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Who should watch it: The ultimate adrenaline-horror junkie.
The Perfection | Watch Here
With twists and turns in store, Alex Strangelove might not be what you expect at first. Highschooler Alex is set on losing his virginity to his girlfriend—until he ends up falling for someone else.
Prepare to be taken on an emotional rollercoaster as you laugh, cry, and root for Alex in his search for love in its truest form.
Who should watch it: Those who want a lighthearted take on the theme packed with swoon-worthy moments.
Alex Strangelove | Watch Here
I remember when Blue Is The Warmest Colour was all the rage back in 2014, and rightfully so. Desire, freedom, and sexuality are central themes of the plot as it meanders through the life of French teenager Adèle.
Her life is forever changed with blue-haired Emma walks into it, as she experiences passion like she never has before.
Who should watch it: The one looking to experience an intense, loving relationship vicariously through Adèle.
Blue Is The Warmest Colour | Watch Here
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