In a world so diverse as the one we live in, it’s crucial to recognize the importance of representation in all cultural expressions, including films. Stories have the power to open our minds, make us more understanding, respectful, and kind towards others. Pride Month is a time to celebrate diversity and love, but also to learn and listen to the stories that the LGBTQ community has to tell.
To commemorate and continue celebrating Pride Month, here are some of the best and most powerful LGBTQ movies of all time.
Paris is Burning (1990)
This 1990 documentary chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the “Houses” of Harlem during the late ’80s. Queens are interviewed as they prepare to compete in “balls”. The documentary is a window to gay and drag queen culture in Harlem, one that became the basis for today’s drag culture. A place where “voguing” and “houses” were a form of expressing your true self like no other, and where queens share the difficulties they’ve faced, as well as their biggest ambitions and dreams.
Call Me By Your Name
Set in the north of Italy, this movie explores the romantic relationship between 17-year-old Elio Perlman and his father’s 24-year-old assistant, Oliver. The movie describes Elio’s coming-of-age, as well as his sexual awakening as he discovers his feelings for Oliver are more intense than he thought. Powerful and touching, it is the perfect portrayal of one’s first love.
Released in 2005, Brokeback Mountain is the love story between a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy who meet when they get a job as sheep herders on a mountain in Wyoming. They become friends, and as they grow closer and closer they develop a deeper connection that leads to romance. A relationship full of joy, doubts, and complications proves how love can endure the most complicated situations.
All About My Mother
Directed by the famous Pedro Almodóvar, this is the story of Manuela who, after losing his 17-year-old son, goes back to Barcelona to find her ex-husband, a transgender woman named Lola who doesn’t know she has a son. Full of diverse characters and boarding subjects like drug addiction, AIDS, and the life of sex workers, All About My Mother is a tribute to women and what the word “family” means.
Based on true events, this movie narrates the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in the United States. Throughout the movie, we’re able to see Milk’s career as he becomes the voice for the gay community and a true political icon in the battle for gay rights.
These are only a few of the many LGBTQ movies that have moved us with their powerful stories. What others would you recommend? Let us know in the comments!