Today, the United States took a big step forward in the movement toward marriage equality by defeating the Defense of Marriage Act and ruling Prop 8 to be fucking pointless.
Now, I don’t expect every person to feel the way I do about gay marriage. Hell, I don’t care if you want to live your life with the pygmies or if you want to slather yourself in peanut butter every day, but I do hope that if I respect your personal life, you’ll respect mine, no matter who I marry. For reasons that are my own, I’m really fucking passionate about this subject. No, really, ask the family I no longer speak to because they don’t believe that same-sex couples deserve the same rights as everyone else. In a nutshell: humans should be treated like humans, no matter what color your skin or your sexual preference.
Today we’ve taken a step forward, but there is still a way to go, particularly in how the LGBT community is portrayed in the media. Actually, we have a ways to go in the way all minorities are portrayed, but that’s another article entirely. However, there are some quality LGBT films out there, so if you’re like me and feel like celebrating equality’s victory today, here’s a few of my favorites. Go home, pop open a bottle of wine, and celebrate equality.
- The Family Stone, 2005
Now, I know this film isn’t strictly about a gay couple, but I think Diane Keaton’s scene at the dinner table where she defends her gay son (who is also deaf) and his husband is possibly one of the most powerful movie moments I’ve ever seen. “I love you,” she signs to her son, “And you are more normal than any other asshole sitting at this table.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t find that scene on Youtube, so just watch the damn movie and see for yourself.
2. Were the World Mine, 2008
This one I found by accident. I was in my last year of undergraduate and needed a refresher course on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” A search on Netflix gave me this movie. Gay high schooler Timothy is cast as Puck in his all-boys’ school’s production of the Shakespeare play, and soon he discovers a way to turn everyone in his small town gay too. Just so they can see what life is like on the other side. The film is a musical and deals with the big question: is sexuality a choice?
This is one of my favorite films. Period. I love that Australia made this film twenty fucking years ago and Broadway just barely caught on to how fabulous it truly is. And when I say fabulous, I mean faaaaaaabulous! It stars Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce as drag queens. Shouldn’t need to say more than that.
4. But I’m a Cheerleader, 1999
Yes, “gay rehabs” really do exist. And this film exists to satirize them splendidly.
Plus, it stars RuPaul…out of drag.
5. Aimee and Jaguar, 1999
This is one of the saddest films I’ve ever seen. A Jewish woman and German woman fall in love with the Holocaust and World War 2 as the background setting. This one will break your heart, but you won’t ever be able to forget it. Based on a true story.
6. Philadelphia, 1993
This is a monumental film. Before this, there were no major Hollywood productions featuring a leading character who was also gay. While some of the story may be outdated and considered politically incorrect, Tom Hanks well deserved the Oscar he received for his portrayal of a dying gay man who fought against injustice. It’s tragic but powerful.
**Disclaimer: I do not own nor claim to own any of these films. They are the property of their intellectual owners.