When it comes to accurately representing members of the LGBTQ+ community in media, the film industry as a whole still has a looooong way to go. But thankfully, there are a number of movies that do a really great job of celebrating the life and culture of the community. These movies all share super important stories that need to be told from the LGBTQ+ perspective, from the coming-of-age experience, to exploring sexuality and gender identity, to falling in love and the pain of heartbreak. Representation matters, ya’ll! And having all of these stories that anyone can relate to but told with queer voices is a big part of making sure the film industry is on its way to becoming more inclusive.
These queer films, in no particular order, are some of the best that have premiered over the decades. Each story offers different insights into the LGBTQ+ community. And to be clear, none of these movies are perfect representations, but they’re a start, and the best part of all is that you can stream them all right this very second. So pop the popcorn, pour the wine, and smash that play button, ’cause you’ve got some serious watching to do.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell) is a trans punk-rock artist from East Berlin who has suffered from a failed operation and many heartbreaks. But despite everything she’s been through—physically and emotionally—she continues to passionately work on her music. The movie follows her as she searches for stardom and love.
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