There was a time in my life when traditional rom-coms seemed empty and vapid, and I turned to indie LGBTQ+ films to fill the void. Okay, I still do. There’s just something about the earnestness and realness that comes with the subculture that appeals to me. Also, the stories always resonate with me more than traditional rom-coms, and gee, sometimes I wonder why I didn’t figure myself out sooner. Anyway this week’s pic is a cute little film called Saving Face, starring Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, and Lynn Chen.

I experienced something while watching Love, Simon that has never before happened to me while watching a romantic comedy: the entire theater cheered during the big love confession/reunion/first kiss scene at the end of the film. Not a single person left that cinema without a smile on their face, and if that isn’t a compliment to the film, I don’t know what is. Love, Simon is, perhaps, the story of innocent young love that we so desperately need right now. 

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.

G.B.F. (2014)

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.)