Pride Month is marked every June, when the lives of LGBTQ + people are celebrated and members of the community reflect on how far they have come and what still needs to change.
Hollywood has been notoriously slow to tell the stories of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters, let alone those of others who identify as part of the LGBTQ + community. Netflix’s catalog reflects this, with the streamer’s movie collection featuring a lack of movies featuring, for example, trans people. One of the few films about a transgender character on the streamer, for example, is often criticized Danish girl, the film of Cats director Tom Hooper, directed by cisgender actor Eddie Redmayne.
While the Netflix catalog has notable omissions when it comes to depicting the full spectrum of queer life, it does contain some excellent films that have turned LGBTQ + stories into sublime comedy, a stimulating tragedy for activism and awareness documentaries. Here are some of the best Netflix subscribers who can enjoy this Pride Month.
The best LGBTQ + movies on Netflix this pride month
The boys of the group
One of the first major plays on the life of homosexuals, The boys of the group has an ambivalent legacy among queer people, with some criticizing the play and the 1970 film version for perpetuating stereotypes about gay men who hate and destroy themselves.
Some of those problematic elements, however, are removed by this new version, which removes the issues of straight guys playing gay stereotypes from previous versions. The director and the entire cast are gay, which gives the 2020 version psychological realism about the trauma the world inflicts on gay people (and that they inflict on each other) missing in the piece in the past.
Ang Lee’s movie quickly became the butt of many jokes as a “gay cowboy” movie – even if people actually watched it, they would realize that it is bisexual shepherds. While viewers may dispute the cast outright, few can deny that this is one of the finest movies ever to be released by a major studio with a queer love story at its heart.
Trans people have had a rough time in the movies, with decades of films portraying them as sick jokes or depraved serial killers – or in some cases both at the same time. This often shameful story is unwrapped in a documentary Disclosure, which takes us from silent dredging acts to groundbreaking shows like Pose and Orange is the new black.
Bisexual portrayal in movies has also often been compromised, with bi people often portrayed as creepy nymphomaniacs or as people lying to each other on their way to becoming fully heterosexual.
However, a recent series of Netflix’s coming-of-age bisexual films attempted to change this trend. Alex strangelove (who was on our Valentine’s Day list last February) has a young man at his heart, while Half has a young woman working on her sexuality while writing love letters to a woman for a male friend.
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
There are comedy specials before Nanette, and there are special comedies after Nanette. Australian lesbian comic book show Hannah Gadsby combines art history, trauma and homophobia to paint a powerful picture with more ideas than a dozen specials combined.
I am divine
While viewers will need to head to The Criterion Channel to see Divine’s best work, in director John Waters’ trashy epics, Netflix has the documentary. I am divine. The film is an in-depth and fabulous tale of the legendary drag queen, equally at home on the dance floors of Studio 54 as it is on the streets of Baltimore, hiding meat in her underwear or eating dog poop. in front of the camera.
I’m not your nigga
With trans women of color being one of the most stigmatized and murdered groups in the United States, intersectionality has never been more important. Viewers who want a crash course in the intersections between race and sexuality can start with this fascinating documentary on black gay icon James Baldwin.
The life and death of Marsha P Johnson
Without Marsha P. Johnson, there would be no Pride Month. The activist was instrumental in the protests at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 that started the Pride movement as we know it. While many LGBTQ + people know this story, what they may not know is the story of the rest of Johnson’s life – and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death.
Criminally under-seen, Pariah is possibly the best lesbian movie ever made. Although only 86 minutes long, the film manages to integrate the emotional life of a young woman as she comes to terms with her lesbian identity and her family’s attitudes about it.
Viewers who enjoy their cult, catty, citable documentaries should line up for the 1968s The Queen, which follows a number of participants in the 1967 Miss All-America Camp beauty pageant, including the iconic Crystal LaBeija. Come for the shade, stay for the poignant glimpses of transgender life in the 1960s.