Pride Month is the perfect time to celebrate LGBTQ people and their stories with a variety of movies that show we are more than just our sexuality or gender identity. One great film among the most current LGBTQ movies to watch this pride month was Fire Island, which tells two best friends’ journey through New York City for an unforgettable weekend at one gay resort on Long Island called “Fire Island.”
“There is no doubt that LGBTQ movies have had a profound impact on society, culture, and social rights movements” states Mordechai Boaziz. These films help to break down barriers and stereotypes and provide visibility for a community that is often marginalized. They also help to generate discussion and understanding about the issues faced by LGBTQ people.
LGBTQ movies can have a particularly powerful impact on young people who are coming to terms with their own sexuality or gender identity. Seeing positive representation on screen can help them feel less alone and more understood. These films can also be a catalyst for important conversations between parents and children, helping to build stronger relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.
Looking at the bigger picture, LGBTQ movies help to advance social progress by increasing visibility and inclusion of all walks of life.
To celebrate diversity, here are 16 excellent LGBTQ movies to watch this Pride Month 2022:
Paris Is Burning (1991)
Starting off our list of LGBTQ movies to watch this pride month, the film Paris Is Burning documents the New York City ballroom scene during the late ’80s and early ’90s, where it focuses on Black/Latino gay men who are walkers or dancers. The exploration into gender identity creates an engaging classroom staple that has been seen by many people around the world but those featured had already lived through much before more privileged generations took notice– leading to some resentment about how little money they received from appearing in this masterpiece.
The movie was directed by Jennie Livingston; however, there seems to be no doubt LGBTQ community members were actively present long before most Americans paid attention which adds layers of complexity when discussing its subject matter.
Watch out for the dazzling drag performances and you’ll see a shining display of how Black trans people have been owed by the wider culture.
Late Bloomers (1996)
The film follows Dinah, a math teacher, and Carly, a secretary at her high school in Texas. They both fall for each other when it is least expected–over basketball lessons! The story splits between their romance which tears up the townspeople of Middleton while they are working together as well-and an examination of how family love can withstand even chaos; with plenty of comedy thrown into this sweet coming-of-age middle-aged life lesson that you’ll be hard-pressed not smile through entire viewing experience.
This subtle Wes Anderson-style romantic comedy also has powerful undertones about community spirit: namely because there’s always someone else who needs help.
But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
Natasha Lyonne’s But I’m a Cheerleader is one of the most iconic LGBTQ films in history. The story follows Megan (Lyonne), who sends herself to conversion camp when her parents become suspicious about why she has suddenly turned vegetarian and begins eating meat again; there she meets Melissa Etheridge, an artist with whom he falls deeply infatuated but cannot have because they are both queer males attending this “straight” summer program for gay boys on scholarship – something which at that time would’ve been considered scandalous if discovered by schoolmates back home…
The major contribution toward shaping Natasha’s legacy as “a straight gay icon” in LGBTQ movies to watch this pride month.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
The story of two Wyoming cowboys in the 1990s, Brokeback Mountain tells an emotional and compelling tale that will have you on your toes. Starring Heath Ledger (A Beautiful Mind) as Ennis; Jake Gyllenhaal- who won Best Supporting Actor at Cannes Film Festival for his performance here – opposite him playing Jack: this film is anything but clichéd! With beautiful scenery throughout–and some Oscar-winning directing by Ang Lee too—it doesn’t get much better than this masterpiece about love found.
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
The next big hit part of the best LGBTQ movies to watch this pride month, Jennifer’s Body is a film about the Price field sisters, who form an intense female bond while dealing with their personal issues. This movie has been unfairly labeled as having cannibalistic themes because it contains some scenes that may remind viewers of this genre; however, I would argue these elements do not play any major role in its plot or message—and can actually serve to highlight how far society has come since festivals like “Pride” were created.
From the moment she steps onto the screen, it’s clear that Pariah is a film unlike any other. Starring Adepero Oduyeas 17-year-old Alike and Charlotte in her first leading role ever; this groundbreaking piece captures not only self-discovery but also how we deal with finding one’s identity when society doesn’t always give us permission to be who we want or need ourselves to be – both sweetly humorous moments interspersed within an otherwise dark storyline about youth homelessness which will leave you teary-eyed yet feeling empowered by these characters’ resilience against all odds.
The Way He Looks (2014)
The Way He Looks is a Brazilian romance between two teenagers that follows their emotional journey as they navigate the complexities of first love. The film stars Daniel Ribeiro, who also wrote and directed it; he plays Leo – an 18-year-old blind boy living in Sao Paulo with his best friend Giovana (Giovanni Di Maria). When new student Gabriel moves into town everything changes for both guys until one day when things take an unexpected turn among LGBTQ movies to watch this pride month.
Tangerine is a funny, sexy film about two best friends who team up to find their cheating boyfriends. It’s an Incandescent dramatic comedy centered on Sin-Dee Rella (a transgender woman) and her cisgender girlfriend Alex enlists the help of another friend named “Alex.” The whole thing was shot with only one simple rule: no script! This means there are no take cues from anyone else but you’re partners in crime during filming– which makes this movie all kinds of awesome because it gives viewers insight into how actors really work together without worrying too much if something went wrong or not.
It’s time to watch Moonlight! This Pride-should is seen by all. A compassionate and honest exploration into sexuality, and masculinity identity addiction – will touch your heart like nothing else does; whether you’re queer or straight (or anywhere in between). With an all-black cast who share their story together through three stages: childhood memories following Chiron around Miami while he grows up unnoticed until adulthood when we follow him as a drug-addicted living off tips at night alongside prostitutes— Alex Hibbert plays both parts expertly making this film more than just another coming out story but also exposing how society treats its weakest members without offering them any support whatsoever.
This art piece is a fine example of how to make an excellent film and it’s our top pick for LGBTQ movies to watch this pride month!
The Handmaiden (2016)
Following our list of LGBTQ movies to watch during Pride Month, The Handmaiden explores the theme of sexual exploitation in three parts, set during the Japanese occupation. The first part follows Lady Hideko as she struggles with being forced into marriage and then becomes more involved with her handmaiden Sook-hee who has feelings for him but can’t show it due to societal expectations placed on women at that time period. It turns out there’s actually some sexy gay love story behind all this—though sometimes “boilerplate” isn’t really bad when you think about how many other movies are made just like them!
Kena and Ziki are daughters of political rivals who fall in unexpected, ill-advised love. Rafiki brilliantly showcases both the peril faced by gay people living under a country’s laws against homosexuality as well as their vibrant romance which cannot be contained within borders without being seen or heard from anywhere near! Directed by Wanuri Kahiu with a screenplay written primarily by Jenna Cato Bass (who also won an Academy Award) along with Kenya’s own Monica Arac de Nyeko – this movie was initially banned.
Disclosure: Trans Lives On Screen (2020)
Transgender actors, writers, and creatives share their experiences in Hollywood across eras of marginalization. From a time when being transgender was still considered “abnormal” to now where some people believe it’s just another way to express themselves–they have seen change happen before them with every step taken forward into equality for all individuals no matter what gender identity you carry or who makes up your family tree! The video takes us on an emotional journey through different periods that range from bad news (the 20th century) right up until today where we’ve finally found ourselves standing side-by+)
Have you ever seen the movie Kajillionaire? If so, then I’m sure that by now it’s one of your favorite films. It has an amazing message about breaking cycles and finding love with Gina Rodriguez-LoCicero as her character Old Dolio who is struggling to find herself after being separated from family for years because they’re all criminals or something like that–I don’t really know what happened there but anyways…In any case! This film also teaches us how powerful just 20 minutes can be when we are allowed time outside our busy schedules (which typically involve school/work).
What if you had to leave your home and loved ones behind because of war, hunger, or mandatory rape? The film Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen (a pseudonym) tells an amazing true story about one man who faced these circumstances while growing up in Afghanistan but found safety as he departed for Denmark. As expected with anything worth mentioning there are two sides that make this movie more compelling than most other films on similar topics; however, even without understanding all their background information viewers can see how difficult things were when combined together leading them down different paths.
Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)
The film Everything Everywhere All At Once is a mind-bending blockbuster that will leave you feeling like the characters in this movie. It features Michelle Yeoh and Stephanie Hsu playing mother-daughter who travel through multiple universes while trying to find themselves, but what they end up finding out about themselves along their journey isn’t so easy for either one of them.
The performance from Ke Huyan Quan was breathtakingly realistic which made it even more engaging when we got scenes with him acting alongside other actors such as James Hong or Jamie Lee Curtis! This pride month lets us enjoy allusions to futuristic technology – especially ones where people can communicate without words by just thinking at each other because soon enough these types of accidents may become a reality.
The best way to describe Crush would be as a “sappy gay teen romance,” which follows all of the conventions and stereotypes you’d expect from this genre. However, what makes it so much fun is that Sammi Cohen—the director!—is also an actor in his own lifelong acting career; taking on different roles whenever he likes without having any previous experience or training for doing so…which just adds even more layers between us viewers/readers who watch these movies unfold before our eyes at home (and let’s face: we’re always looking forward). The film takes place during high school when awkward artist Paige has been crushing hard
This has been a selection of some of the best LGBTQ films to watch this Pride Month. While there are many more excellent films that could have been included, these 16 provide a good overview of the progress made in the representation of LGBTQ people on screen as well as the continuing fight against homophobia and discrimination. We hope you’ve enjoyed watching them and that they have given you a better understanding of both the culture and the movement towards equality for all. Do you know any other great LGBTQ films? Let us know in the comments below!
Marcel Le Carre is a wine connoisseur and writer for Xtrapoint. Growing up in a vineyard in Italy, Marcel learned the art of winemaking at an early age. He is passionate about making wine, and his wines have won awards in numerous competitions. In addition to his love of wine, Marcel is an avid reader. He reads books on a variety of topics, but he has a special interest in books about history and LGBTQ rights. Marcel is also an activist for LGBTQ rights and has spoken out against discrimination against the LGBTQ community.