To celebrate another year of Pride Month, I have cherry-picked 20 of the best in LGBT+ content fresh for your viewing pleasure, along with a quick reason to watch! I tried to only pick selections available for streaming, and have included where to watch when available!
This lesbian comedy from Olivia Wilde is heavy on the raunchy hijinks, and the importance of friendship. Booksmart is the best high school comedy since Superbad, and possibly even better.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
One of the best gay romance films out there, with a star-making performance from Timothee Chalamet. Oscar Winner for best screenplay, and it was also nominated for Best Actor, Best Picture, and Best Original Song.
THE CURIOSITY OF CHANCE
This 2006 indie is an adorable coming-of-age movie with the equally adorable Tad Hilgenbrink front and center. It’s set in the 80s among new wave angst, and full of funny moments.
EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
I didn’t know a gay movie existed in the 90s that was this raw, entertaining, and explicit. With a banging soundtrack and the adorable naivety of coming out of the closet, this is an overlooked classic.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
A fascinating character study and flawless musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is engaging from beginning to end. If you’re a fan of rock musicals like Rocky Horror Picture Show, you’ll probably love Hedwig too.
KNIFE + HEART
A gay giallo slasher with some truly gnarly kills, a trippy score from M83, and some gorgeous visuals—this is a very easy sell for any LGBT+ horror fan.
THE NORMAL HEART
The definitive film about the AID’s crisis, with soul-crushing performances from Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo—the love story feels like one of the most realistic portrayals of a gay relationship I’ve ever seen brought to the screen. Bring tissues.
A lesbian slasher where the killers are only targeting members of the LGBT community? Sounds like a match made in horror heaven. Throw in notes of You’re Next and you have a fun film worth seeking out.
SEQUIN IN A BLUE ROOM
Honing in on gay hookup culture, this searing and sexually-charged Australian flick joins gay-thriller greats like My Own Private Idaho, Mysterious Skin, and Closet Monster.
No, this isn’t the Saw sequel—it’s a genuinely great indie treat that gradually creeps its way into your veins with a believable performance from Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman.
Zendaya leads an all-star ensemble of flawed, complex characters. Dealing with heavy topics like emotional trauma and drug abuse, Euphoria isn’t exactly light watching, but it rewards the viewer with stunning realism.
HBO Max’s version of a modern day high school-set Queer as Folk is over-the-top, sexually explicit, and deep on characters and drama. One of my favorite queer shows I’ve watched in ages.
It’s impossible to bring up LGBT+ entertainment without mentioning Glee, one of my top 5 favorite shows ever—a groundbreaking FOX musical. All 6 seasons are streaming on Netflix, so there’s no better time to catch up!
Breezy escapism at its finest, this reimagines classic Hollywood’s resistance to change by embracing differences and pushing for change in racial and sexual equality. With lushly drawn characters and a vital message, this was one of the best shows I binged all pandemic.
IT’S A SIN
Set in the 80s, It’s A Sin is a completely perfect series from beginning to end. It chronicles five friends during the rise of AIDS, and it’s a deeply emotional, heart-breaking masterpiece.
With the second season arriving this month, this breezy 30-minute dramedy, a spin-off from Love, Simon, is light, fluffy, and fun.
Superproducer Ryan Murphy’s third project on this list, Pose takes us back to a time when AIDS was just emerging, and the ballroom scene was booming in 80s NYC. With the biggest transgender cast ever assembled, Pose is simply fantastic television.
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE
Clocking in at 13 seasons and counting (and that’s not even including All Stars, Untucked, or the various foreign spin-offs), no reality show has made me laugh more than Drag Race. With stunning outfits and tons of drama, Drag Race needs to be seen to be believed.
Winner of multiple Emmy Awards including Best Comedy Series, this Canadian gem is absolutely hilarious. It’s charming, relatable, silly, and fun. What more needs to be said?
Netflix’s 2-season show about a young gay man just trying to live a normal life with his cerebral palsy is cute and unexpected. At only 16 episodes, it’s short, sweet, and never overstays its welcome.
I hope I was able to give you some ideas for a cute movie night, or even a fun weekend binge! Please enjoy, and happy Pride Month 2021!