Our favorite time of year has arrived once again! As we kick off June, we in turn kick off pride month! During this month, it’s especially important to lift voices from within the beautiful LGBTQIA+ community! These movies we are including do just that! From the actors to the behind-the-scenes crew, to the stories that inspired these films, they’re all such important watches.
Some of these films are coming of age, some are comedies, some are plain heartbreaking, and others will educate you. Each of them serves a purpose and will enrich your mind. Let’s kick off pride month the right way!
A movie with multiple LGBTQ+ characters where we just get to see them explore their sexuality and not go through hell while doing it? That’s Booksmart for you! This movie was directed by Olivia Wilde and has been an all-time favorite of ours since its release. The cast is beyond stellar with Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein at the forefront. Seeing the character of Amy navigate her first female crush is so wholesome. We especially loved that this film went against the tired trope that if two girls are close and one of them is a lesbian that she will fall in love with her straight friend. We just got to see Amy and Molly have the most healthy, supportive friendship. Plus, the movie is one of the funniest out there that we couldn’t stop laughing.
We thought the way this movie broke down three pivotal stages of this man’s life was genius. It’s not an easy watch, you see the difficulties he had with sexual identity and see the abuse he was on the receiving end of. Moonlight not being an easy watch in no way means it’s not an important watch. The film was an instant hit at the box office and even went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The significance of this award goes far beyond just the general acclaim that comes with having your film be tied to winning this prestigious honor. Moonlight was the first LGBTQ+ film and the first film with an all-black cast to walk away with the award.
This film is your classic coming-of-age film. It’s feel-good and light-hearted while being able to hit you right where it hurts at the appropriate times. You will see Alex struggling with his identity so much in the film, only to come out triumphant. Gay men feeling shame and feeling like they have to pretend to be into women is something we can only hope drastically changes as more and more representation is out there.
Call Me By Your Name
The entire world fell in love with this movie, more specifically, with Timothée Chalamet, who played Elio. The movie is based on a book that bears the same name from 2007. It was met with critical acclaim and an Academy Award. It was also met with understandable criticism due to the age difference between Elio and Oliver. Consume this film, of course at your digression, we will say though we found both the film and book to be a very interesting take on a young man discovering himself and his sexuality.
This movie had such an immediate impact on us. It’s an honest representation of so many coming-out stories. Some of you are like Simon and think that people are going to react poorly, and then you’re surrounded with love. Not everyone is that lucky, it’s a privilege to have that love, and other movies on this list touch on that. But this is a feel-good movie. Bleachers did a lot of the soundtrack and just knock it out of the park. And yes, we cry every single time when the exhale scene with Jennifer Garner comes on.
Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List
We never see this movie talked about on pride month lists of LGBTQIA+ movies, and it’s time to change that. The character growth in this film is insane, both for Naomi, Ely, and Bruce #2. You see Naomi navigate dealing with how to get used to the idea that her best friend that she’s in love with is indeed gay, and is indeed in love with her boyfriend. You also see Ely struggling with his identity and wishing he would have fallen for anyone other than Bruce #2. The film ends exactly how you hope it does, it’s messy but worth a watch.
Any film that touches on conversion therapy is a tough watch. Conversion therapy is the most evil, disgusting practice and should be permanently banned everywhere, period. This film also touches on sexual assault, and suicide, if those subjects are a trigger for you, then please watch the film at your digression. Of course, we also have to mention that Troye Sivan stars in the film and wrote a beautiful song for the soundtrack.
Check out more of our LGBTQIA+ pride month coverage here!
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