Netflix and other streaming services are finally starting to make more LGBTQ+ movies available and even producing stories with LGBTQ+ stories at the center. Netflix has romantic comedies that focus on LGBTQ+ characters like Alex Strangelove and The Half of It as well as several more dramatic yet romantic movies like A Single Man and Handsome Devil.
They have also produced several documentaries about the LGBTQ+ community that delve into lives and events such as the prominent figure Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall Riots and beloved comedian Tig Notaro. There are definitely some great LGBTQ+ movies to watch on Netflix during Pride month this June.
Updated on June 1st, 2022 by Danielle Bruncati: June 1st marks the start of yet another Pride month which means its the perfect time to celebrate with some amazing LGBTQ+ movies. While LGBTQ+ titles have been lacking over the years, that’s beginning to change. Netflix now houses several fictional movies and documentaries that depict the lives of members of the LGBTQ+ community of all ages. From teen musicals and Christmas movies to strong dramedies, Netflix has much to offer the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.
14 The Prom (2020)
Though The Prom might not be one of Netflix’s most loved original movies, it does offer a fun and fresh LGBTQ+ teen story to follow. The movie begins when the PTA of a high school cancels prom after Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman) requests permission to attend the dance with her girlfriend. The story makes the national news and grabs the attention of struggling Broadway actress Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep).
Determined to get her star power back, Dee Dee ropes in a team of Broadway stars to travel to the small town to throw Emma and the rest of her school the prom they deserve.
13 The Boys In The Band (2020)
The Boys In The Band is based on a play of the same name written by Mart Crowley that had already been adapted into a movie by Crowley. This adaptation stars the 2018 Broadway revival cast who reprise their role for the movie.
Set in New York in 1968, the movie centers on Michael (Jim Parsons) who is hosting a party for some of his gay friends. When Michael’s old roommate Alan (Brian Hutchinson) shows up at Michael’s house, Michael’s party is threatened by the fact that Alan doesn’t know that Michael is gay.
12 The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
Netflix has been highly regarded for producing strong and engaging documentaries including The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson. The documentary tells the story of transgender woman Marsha P. Johnson, who highly involved in working toward LGBTQ+ rights, particularly with the Stonewall Riots.
The documentary delves into her both her life and her odd 1992 death that police ruled a suicide and never fully investigated. Many many still believe to this day that she was murdered.
11 The Half Of It (2020)
The Half of It is a teen drama that follows Ellie Chu as she tries to navigate her love life during the last few months of high school. The shy and introverted Ellie has a crush on Aster but hasn’t been able to get the courage to put herself out there.
Another classmate, the popular jock Paul, also has a crush on Aster and reaches out to Ellie to help him talk to her. Ellie takes the opportunity to talk to Aster through Paul without her realizing it’s actually Ellie she’s talking to in this quirky Cyrano de Bergerac LGBTQ+ Netflix original.
10 Single All The Way (2021)
After Hulu released its first original LGBTQ+ movie in 2020, Netflix wasn’t far behind releasing its first LGBTQ+ Christmas movie, Single All The Way, the following year. The Christmas romantic comedy centers on Peter (Michael Urie), a gay man whose plan to introduce his family to his boyfriend is ruined when he learns said boyfriend is married.
Not wanting to show up at his parents’ house single again, he convinces his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to come home with him. While Peter hits it off with a blind date his mom set up, Nick begins to realize that he might have more than platonic feelings for his best friend. It’s an LGBTQ+ rom-com that’s perfect for the holidays.
9 Disclosure (2020)
Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen is a documentary that chronicles transgender lives being represented in Hollywood on-screen in the past. The movie brings together and interviews prominent transgender people in the industry from Laverne Cox to Alexandra Billings.
The documentary delves into the harmful ways transgender people have been depicted on screen in films like Ace Ventura and Tootsie and takes an approach of education and moving forward from these inaccurate depictions.
8 Duck Butter (2018)
Duck Butter is an interesting character-driven movie that follows two women who have become cynical after being betrayed in past relationships and decide to spend a full 24 hours together.
Naima (Alia Shawkat) and Sergio (Laia Costa) use the day together to get to know each other and have sex each hour on the hour. The two agree to the romantic experiment trying to get back an intimacy they once knew, but nothing goes to plan in this LGBTQ+ comedy.
7 The Danish Girl (2015)
When The Danish Girl was released in 2015 it became a critical success and earned the cast several Academy Award nominations including one win for Alicia Vikander. Though the movie now faces criticism from the transgender community for casting Eddie Redmayne as the transgender lead, the movie still offers an important story for the LGBTQ+ community.
Set in 1920s Copenhagen, The Danish Girl follows the life of portrait artist Einar Wegner/Lili Elbe who was the recipient of one of the first-ever sex reassignment surgery in the world. The movie aims to show the life of highs and lows Lili Elbe dealt with both before and after the surgery.
6 Alex Strangelove (2018)
Alex Strangelove is a Netflix original movie about high school senior Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny) who is ready to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, but things change when he meets a charming and handsome gay high school student from another school.
Alex has a difficult time reckoning with his feelings about both his girlfriend and the new boy he meets and his own sexuality.
5 Handsome Devil (2016)
Handsome Devil is available to stream on Netflix and tells the story of two completely different young roommates at a boarding school. Ned (Fionn O’Shea) is a shy student who doesn’t appreciate the school’s obsession with rugby while Conor (Nicholas Galitzine) is the star player on the team.
Conor is gay and the school does not encourage the LGBTQ+ community and instead is more homophobic, not including the new teacher, Mr. Sherry (Andrew Scott), who encourages Conor. Things are complicated even more by Conor’s own feelings about his sexuality.
4 Tig (2015)
Tig is a documentary following comedian Tig Notaro’s life after a stand-up performance of hers went viral in 2012.
The documentary delves into Notaro’s battle against stage II breast cancer, her relationship with actress Stephanie Allynne, trying to have a baby, and mourning the loss of her mother. Notaro performs her stand-up as all of these life events are happening.
3 The Old Guard (2020)
Netflix’s The Old Guard is about a group of mercenaries who are centuries-old immortals who are able to heal themselves, although painfully, and come back from the dead. Andy (Charlize Theron) leads the group as the immortal who has been around for the longest.
There’s a lot of action throughout the thriller but it also has multiple LGBTQ+ relationships with Joe (Marwan Kenzari) and Nicky’s (Luca Marinelli) literally undying love for each other at the center.
2 Other People (2016)
Other People follows David (Jesse Plemons) as he returns home to be there for his mother (Molly Shannon) who is sick with cancer. David is a gay man and his father (Bradley Whitford) still doesn’t accept his sexuality even after a decade of him being out.
David connects with his mom as she goes through treatment and eventually decides to stop that treatment, and the entire family reacts to her fading away differently.
1 The Mitchells Vs. The Machines (2021)
2021’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines is a lovely animated feature about a family bonding during the robot apocalypse including a great cast of voice actors who bring the characters to life.
The Netflix original movie focuses on Katie Mitchell who can’t wait to leave her family to go to film school and find her people. Although the LGBTQ+ story isn’t at the center of this kid’s movie, it’s still prominent for anyone who’s paying attention. Katie wears a rainbow pin on her jacket and her mom asks her if she and Jade are official, leaving this storyline open to possibly be more of a focus in the sequel. There is also mention of bringing her girlfriend to meet the family in the post-credits scene.
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