It’s Pride month, and that means I’ve draped myself in a rainbow flag and dance around in glitter, proudly proclaiming, “Yes homo.” And when I’m not doing that, I’m probably perusing the LGBT section of Netflix, hoping desperately that they’ve uploaded something I haven’t seen. (They haven’t.)
So while Netflix doesn’t have the most wide selection of LGBT Films, here are a few that I recommend for your Pride month movie binge. Glitter and rainbow flags recommended.
I love high school comedies, and I especially love ones that seem cheesy or campy but actually touch on some pretty deep themes (*cough* Mean Girls *cough*). This is one of those, as it resonates on some pretty disturbing societal trends: namely, viewing gay men as fashion accessories for straight women.
(But G.B.F. is also cute, charming, and well worth the watch.)
Jenny’s Wedding (2015)
Coming out can be one of the most difficult things a person will go through, and some of us may never be able to do it. While there are myriad coming out films, I feel like too often the variety of possible responses to “I’m gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/etc.” are brushed over for a Hallmark “I love you no matter what” reaction. While that reaction has been the case for some of us, coming out can have bigger implications and be extremely difficult for families to come to terms with. Jenny’s Wedding deals with the veritable shitstorm of emotions that a family can go through during this time, but in the end they are still family.
Loving Annabelle (2006)
Ten years ago, I was still figuring myself out, and, having been raised in a very conservative Christian environment, I was still learning about the spectrum of sexuality. In college and free from the traditional heteronormative eyes of my parents, I relied heavily on Netflix back then to tell me things I’d never learned in school. Namely that it was okay for women to be attracted to other women. Loving Annabelle was the first film about a lesbian couple that had a heavy dose of erotica, and I’m still crushing on Erin Kelly to this day.
The Perfect Wedding (2013)
This one plays out almost like a fanfiction, and I’m 100% okay with that. Sometimes you just need a healthy dose of cheesy romance, and if it features two good looking men? Bonus.
A friend once told me that “La Vie Boheme” is the unofficial anthem for the LGBT community. I don’t think he’s wrong. Rent remains one of my favourite films, one of my favourite soundtracks, and just one of the best damn things I’ve ever experienced in a theatre.
Have a favourite LGBT film to rec to me? Leave a comment!