10 Queer Movies to Watch This Pride Month

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Grab some popcorn and indulge yourself with some queer movies about love, community, friendship, family, hardship and more! Here are ten movies to binge this Pride month.

1. Stud Life

Stud Life is about a queer friendship between two wedding photographers. The two main characters, JJ and Seb, are portrayed as an unexpected pair of best friends who find comfort and solace in each other as they stumble through life, looking for love in the wrong places. This 2012 British drama is far from stereotypical. It covers queer love, community, and identity.

2. In the Grayscale

In the Grayscale is a Chilean drama film that follows the life of Bruno as he begins to explore and discover his bisexuality later in life. He divorces his wife and ends up in an unexpected romance with a gay man. This movie is sure to resonate with any queers who have felt confused or even like they’re “behind” in the dating world, a common concern amongst many LGBTQ+ individuals — often continuously attempting to pinpoint and label their own identities. This queer movie reminds viewers that humans are flawed and complicated and that is okay. 

3. Cloudburst

This queer movie follows the adventures of two lesbians on the road.
This queer movie follows the adventures of two lesbians on the road.
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Cloudburst is a hilarious, adventure-packed movie covering the story of an elderly lesbian couple, Stella and Dotty. After Dotty is moved into a nursing home by her family, the couple decides to break her out and go on a road trip to Nova Scotia to get married. In a world where we rarely see older queer people, Cloudburst is much appreciated. It’s a refreshing, fun movie full of love and laughter. 

4. But I'm a Cheerleader

This movie is a hilarious, satirical queer cult classic. Dubbed the gay version of Clueless, the movie But I’m a Cheerleader was released in 1999 and was not initially well-received, perhaps because it was ahead of its time. The movie follows a highschooler, Megan, as she’s sent to conversion therapy camp where she ironically finds herself and learns to embrace her sexuality. The movie makes fun of overdone stereotypes, common microaggressions, and ignorances. It’s a fun, light-hearted, and hilarious watch centered around queer friendship and love. 

5. Bare

This 2015 American drama follows the life of a small-town girl in Nevada whose life suddenly gets spicy when she falls in love with a random drifter. The movie follows the dramatic ups and downs of Sarah and Pepper as they find themselves in a whirlwind lesbian relationship. 

6. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Watch this movie to learn more about queer history.
Watch this movie to learn more about queer history.
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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson covers the important history of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two prominent activists in the gay and trans rights movements of the 60’s through the 90’s. This documentary celebrates the lives and achievements of the two women, particularly their heroic contributions to the Stonewall Riots. The film also focuses heavily on the cold case death of Johnson, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the investigation.

7. 52 Tuesdays

52 Tuesdays is an Australian drama focused on the coming out and transitioning of a middle-aged transgender man, through the eyes of his teenage daughter. This movie follows the man and his daughter over the course of one year, where we see both characters change and grow together. 52 Tuesdays is painful, beautiful, and captivating. 

8. Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 biopic covering the life of Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury. The film covers the formation of the band in 1970 through their Live Aid performance in 1985. It covers the ups and downs of Queen as well as the personal and professional development of Freddie. The movie explores Mercury’s immigrant background, his family, his friendships, his coming to terms with his bisexuality, and his battle with HIV/AIDs. Viewers see the performer grow from his humble beginnings to the rockstar he was, hailed by many as one of the greatest singers of all time. This is a movie about a queer icon.

9. The Way He Looks

Watch two best friends fall in love in this queer movie.
Watch two best friends fall in love in this queer movie.
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The Way He Looks is a sweet story of two best friends who fall in love. This 2014 Brazilian drama is a classic coming-of-age film with a gay twist. The two characters confess their fears and insecurities to one another and tackle high school firsts and social pressures together, only to find that they are meant to be together.

10. Appropriate Behavior

Appropriate Behavior is a fun, flirty, and hilarious queer movie that follows the life of Shirin following her dramatic break-up. A bisexual second-generation Persian woman, Shirin struggles with the idea of coming out to her family throughout the film. Appropriate Behavior displays the messy life of Shirin as she tries to pick up the pieces, and figures out who she is and what matters to her along the way.

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