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10 LGBTQ+ Movies You Can Stream Right Now During Pride Month

By June 11, 2021 No Comments

Checking out these flicks is a great way to celebrate Pride Month!

June is Pride Month, friends -- a time to highlight not only the incredible spirit, beauty, and pride in the LGBTQ+ community but also the bloody battles, the loss of countless lives, and the sacrifices made to ensure future generations of queer individuals didn't have to deal with the oppression we had to at their age.

And you know what, being a gay cinephile myself means that I love to celebrate Pride Month by watching movies and TV shows by and about LGBTQ+ folks. So, here are 10 movies you can watch online right now that are perfect for commemorating the rainbow besprinkled month of June!

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Let's kick things off with the first movie you should watch this month. Why? Because you can't talk about Pride Month without talking about the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, and you can't talk about the 1969 Stonewall Uprising without talking about Marsha P. Johnson. In fact, this first one is a freebie that doesn't count toward my list of 10. Enjoy!

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Synopsis: Filmmakers re-examine the 1992 death of transgender legend Marsha P. Johnson, who was found floating in the Hudson River. Originally ruled a suicide, many in the community believe she was murdered.

Where to Watch: Netflix.

Tomboy

Synopsis: Posing as a boy with the kids in her new community, ten-year-old Laure enjoys playing about as a lad, despite the challenges this sometimes presents. However, the truth cannot remain hidden and the games have to end.

Where to Watch: Amazon | Kanopy

Paris is Burning

Synopsis: This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their "house" culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Groups from each house compete in elaborate balls that take cues from the world of fashion. Also touching on issues of racism and poverty, the film features interviews with a number of renowned drag queens, including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey.

Where to Watch: Amazon | The Criterion Channel

The Half of It

Synopsis: A shy, introverted student helps the school jock woo a girl whom, secretly, they both want.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Welcome to Chechnya

Synopsis: Activists risk their lives to confront Russian leader Ramzan Kadyrov and his government-directed campaign to detain, torture and execute LGBTQ Chechens.

Where to Watch: Hulu (with HBO Max add-on) | Amazon

Blue is the Warmest Color

Synopsis: A French teen (Adèle Exarchopoulos) forms a deep emotional and sexual connection with an older art student (Léa Seydoux) she met in a lesbian bar.

Where to Watch: Amazon

A Fantastic Woman

Synopsis: A trans woman's life is thrown into turmoil following the death of her partner. Mourning the loss of the man she loved, she finds herself under intense scrutiny from those with no regard for her privacy.

Where to Watch: Amazon

Disclosure

Synopsis: A look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of this on American culture.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Happy Together

Synopsis: A classic from director Wong Kar-Wai. Lai (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and his boyfriend, Ho (Leslie Cheung), arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong, seeking a better life. Their highly contentious relationship turns abusive and results in numerous break-ups and reconciliations. When Lai befriends another man, Chang (Chen Chang), he sees the futility of continuing with the promiscuous Ho. Chang, however, is on his own personal journey and, ultimately, both Lai and Ho find themselves far from home and desperately lonely.

Where to Watch: Kanopy | The Criterion Channel

Tangerine

Synopsis: After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a hooker and her best friend set out to find him and teach him and his new lover a lesson.

Where to Watch: Amazon

Pariah

Synopsis: Teenage Alike (Adepero Oduye) lives in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood with her parents (Charles Parnell, Kim Wayans) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse). A lesbian, Alike quietly embraces her identity and is looking for her first lover, but she wonders how much she can truly confide in her family, especially with her parents' marriage already strained. When Alike's mother presses her to befriend a colleague's daughter (Aasha Davis), Alike finds the gal to be a pleasant companion.

Where to Watch: Netflix | Amazon | Sundance Now


Don't stop there! There are tons of great films and TV shows out there that are not only about the LGBTQ+ community but also written, directed, produced by those in it. What are your favorites? Which titles in queer cinema are you watching this Pride Month? Let us know down in the comments below!