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Must-Watch LGBTQ+ Movies

This Pride month, be sure to check out some of these movies featuring LGBTQ+ characters.

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My Own Private Idaho

Mikey Waters, a Male prostitution, stands alone on a deserted stretch of highway. He starts talking to himself and notices that the road looks "like someone’s face, like a fucked-up face." He then experiences a Narcolepsy episode and dreams of his mother comforting him as he replays home movies of his childhood in his mind.

The Living End

Luke is a restless and reckless drifter and Jon is a relatively timid and pessimistic film critic. Both are gay and HIV positive. After an unconventional meeting, and after Luke kills a Homophobia police officer, they go on a road trip with the motto "Fuck everything."

The Watermelon Woman

Cheryl is a young, African American lesbian who works in a video rental store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her friend Tamara. They earn extra money by making professional home videos for people. Cheryl becomes interested in films from the 1930s and 40s which feature black actresses. She notices that these actresses are often not credited. She watches a film called ''Plantation Memories'' with a black actress who is credited simply as "The Watermelon Woman". Cheryl decides to make a documentary film about the Watermelon Woman and find out more about her life.

But I'm a Cheerleader

Seventeen-year-old Megan is a sunny high school Twelfth grade who loves cheerleading and is dating a American football, Jared. She does not enjoy kissing Jared, however, and prefers looking at her fellow cheerleaders. Combined with Megan's interest in vegetarianism and Melissa Etheridge, her family and friends suspect that she is in fact a lesbian. With the help of ex-gay Mike, they surprise her with an intervention. Following this confrontation, Megan is sent to True Directions, a reparative therapy camp which uses a five-step program to convert its campers to heterosexuality.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hansel Schmidt is an East Germany "girly boy" who loves rock music, and is stuck in East Berlin until he meets Sergeant Luther Robinson, an American soldier. Luther proposes marriage to Hansel, planning to allow Hansel to leave communist East Germany for the capitalist West Germany. However, in order to be married, the couple must consist of a man and a woman and according to Luther, there will be "a full physical examination." Hansel's mother, Hedwig, gives her child her name and passport and finds a doctor to perform a Sex reassignment surgery. The operation is botched, however, leaving Hansel – now Hedwig – with a dysfunctional one-inch mound of flesh between her legs, the eponymous "Angry Inch".

Mysterious Skin

Two eight-year-old Little League teammates Neil McCormick and Brian Lackey both experience life-altering events in the summer of 1981 in Hutchinson, Kansas. Neil, the son of an irresponsible single mother and already discovering his homosexuality, is Child sexual abuse by the Little League coach, who leaves town after that summer. Brian, with a neglectful father and a mother who is often working, remembers it starting to rain during a game. The next thing he remembers is being in the crawl space of a house with a bloody nose, having no memory of the intervening five hours.

The Normal Heart

It is summer of 1981. Ned Weeks is an openly gay writer from New York City who travels to Fire Island Pines, New York on Long Island to celebrate the birthday of his friend Craig Donner at a beachhouse. Other friends in attendance include Mickey Marcus and the charismatic Bruce Niles, who has recently begun dating Craig, who is young and appears to be in good health. While walking on the beach, however, Craig feels dizzy and collapses. Later, when blowing out the candles on his birthday cake, Craig begins to cough repeatedly.

Tangerine

A hooker tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.

Carol

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.

Other People

David, a 29-year-old gay man, moves home to Sacramento, California to take care of his mother, Joanne, who’s in the advanced stages of leiomyosarcoma.<ref name="justinchang"/> Being home is further complicated by his conservative, religious family and his father's refusal to accept his sexuality (ten years after he came out). As Joanne struggles through chemo, decides to quit treatment, and begins to decline, each of the family members deal with the inevitable loss in their own way.<ref name=THRreview/>

Moonlight

A coming-of-age tale set in Miami during the War on Drugs era that tells the story of a young man who must deal with a drug addicted mother and a dysfunctional home life. The young man's story is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Call Me by Your Name

It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Love, Simon

Simon Spier, a closeted gay 17-year-old living in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia is fearful of coming out to his friends and family, but must summon the courage if he hopes to seek out the anonymous identity of a classmate he’s fallen for online.

Booksmart

Best friends and academic overachievers, Amy and Molly, thought their studious minds would give them a leg up over their partying peers when applying to college. But, on the eve of their graduation, these type-A nerds realize that they may have missed out. Determined to make up for lost time, they decide to cram four years of hard-core fun into one night, launching a chaotic adventure that no amount of book smarts could prepare them for.

Portrait de la jeune fille en feu

1770. Marianne est peintre et doit réaliser le portrait de mariage d’Héloïse, une jeune femme qui vient de quitter le couvent. Héloïse résiste à son destin d’épouse en refusant de poser. Marianne va devoir la peindre en secret. Introduite auprès d’elle en tant que dame de compagnie, elle la regarde.

The Half Of It

When smart but cash-strapped teen Ellie Chu agrees to write a love letter for a jock, she doesn't expect to become his friend — or fall for his crush.

The Boys in the Band

A group of gay friends reunite to celebrate one of their birthdays, but when the host's potentially closeted college roommate shows up uninvited, the evening is thrown into turmoil.

Shiva Baby

A young, bisexual college student attends a Jewish funeral with her parents, only to find her older, generous sugar daddy in attendance.