LGBT Films to Watch During Pride Month

Hey, folks!

June, aka Pride Month, is in full swing. What better way to celebrate this month by watching films about the LGBTQ community? Especially now that we have access to various media that positively discusses LGBTQ culture, doing so is a great way of supporting the community and its hard work to get to where we are today.

Thanks to continuous COVID-19 lock-down (at least, in my part of the US), there are dozens of online subscriptions (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime…) that offer plenty of great films to watch– no need to go out to the cinema for that! These are some LGBTQ films I’ve watched recently; some of them are older than others, but all the same, they’re pretty good and worth a go. Feel free to check them out when you can! Here they are:

5 LGBTQ Films to Watch during Pride Month

The Half of It - Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

1. The Half of It (2020)

This is the most-recent film I’ve watched, and I have to say, it’s pretty good. While I personally find The Half of It a bit weaker than director Alice Wu’s Saving Face (mostly due to some plot holes), it’s still a charming and smart film that isn’t necessarily about love, but rather friendship. The leads do a fantastic job in their roles, and I have a huge crush on Alexxis Lemire, who plays Aster Flores– she’s a total babe!

Available on: Netflix

Pride (2014) - IMDb
Source: IMDb.

2. Pride (2014)

A historic piece about the unexpected alliance between the mining and LGBTQ communities in 1980’s England, Pride is a funny, yet touching film about how the two came together to eventually pass gay and lesbian rights laws within the Labour Party years later. The acting is solid throughout, with spotlights on each character and their struggles during the movement, and I highly recommend a watch.

Available on: Amazon Prime

Liz in September | Films | Wolfe On Demand
Source: Wolfe On Demand

3. Liz in September (2014)

Liz in September is an adaptation of a 1980 American play, although its location has been changed to Venezuela and is in Spanish. This film is beautifully-shot, showcasing the lush beauty of Venezuela’s countryside and its gorgeous all-female cast. While I personally find the plot at times rushed and disorganized, I appreciated the cinematography and the actresses’ hard work to make a strong statement on love, femininity, and tragedy.

Available on: Hulu

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) - IMDb
Source: IMDb

4. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Titled Portrait de la jeune fille en feu, this French film has become one of my favorites of all time. It’s a quiet feature, with sparse dialogue and little music throughout– this creates an intimate setting that’s powerful through the longing gazes of the female leads. The cinematography is bright and saturated to highlight the beauty of the Brittany coast, as well as the actresses themselves. Definitely worth seeing for a beautiful love story that transcends sex and gender.

Available on: Hulu

Love, Simon - Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

5. Love, Simon (2018)

I found Love, Simon to be a typical teen rom-com, but with a twist that the main character, Simon, is gay. This isn’t to criticize the teen rom-com genre at all, as I found the film to be lighthearted and fun. Especially when a lot of LGBT films focus on angst and tragedy, it was refreshing to find one that wasn’t that, and with a happy ending. Overall, it’s a cute film that’s perfect for a night in.

Available on: Amazon Prime

What are some LGBTQ films you’ve watched? Let me know!

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4 thoughts on “LGBT Films to Watch During Pride Month

  1. SP

    Will check some of these out! Particularly been eyeing up no.4
    I really enjoyed Blue is the Warmest Colour but I’m not sure whether it’s super LGBT friendly because there was no person of that status on the production set. But then many of the central themes focus on the main character coming to terms with her own sexuality and love etc so I figured it was worth a mention anyway 🙂

    1. rebbit7

      I watched Blue is the Warmest Color a few years ago. I enjoyed it, although later I found out that it was kind of problematic (e.g. director was male, sex scenes were over-the-top under the male gaze). All the same, it did make a huge name for itself, and it inspired me to seek out more LGBTQ films since then. Portrait of a Lady on Fire was incredible; not only is it one of my favorite LGBTQ films, but also one of my favorite films, period! Hope you can watch it soon. 🙂

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