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Must Watch LGBTQ+ Stories in Film and Streaming

Updated: May 26, 2023

Watching LGBTQ movies and TV can be a great way to learn more about the community. It can help you become more familiar with the language, culture, and experiences of the LGBTQ community. You can gain an understanding of the challenges and successes of the LGBTQ community and gain insight into the diversity of the people and the issues they face. It can also help you understand the importance of inclusion and acceptance for all members of the LGBTQ community. It is always important though to keep in mind that the community is not monolithic and everyone has a different experience. Try not to apply the lived experiences you consume through media to every person in the LGBTQ+ Community.

The Laramie Project (HBO Max)

"The Laramie Project" is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. To create the stage version of "The Laramie Project," the eight-member New York-based Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, recording hours of interviews with the town's citizens over a two-year period. The film adaptation dramatizes the troupe's visit, using the actual words from the transcripts to create a portrait of a town forced to confront itself.

Paris is Burning (Netflix)

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.

Disclosure (Netflix)

Examining Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact it's left on both the transgender community and American culture.

We’re Here (HBO Max)

We're Here is an American reality television series on HBO featuring former RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara and Shangela. In the series, the trio of drag queens travel across the United States to recruit small-town residents to participate in one-night-only drag shows.

A Secret Love (Netflix)

Amid shifting times, a former baseball player keeps her lesbian relationship a secret from her family for seven decades.

The Death & Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix)

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.

Heart Stopper (Netflix)

Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love.

How to Survive a Plague (Netflix)

In the late 1980s, members of Act-Up and other AIDS activists battle hostility and indifference to bring attention to the disease and try to reduce the number of victims while hoping to lead the drive to find a cure.

Sense8 (Netflix)

Eight strangers around the globe find themselves connected -- first by a violent vision, then by their shared ability to connect with one another's thoughts and actions, and finally by the urgent need to find out what happened and why. Their need to know goes beyond simple curiosity -- as they pursue answers, a mysterious organization hunts them down, intent on destroying them.

Moonlight (Netflix)

A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.

Queens and Cowboys (Apple)

Follows an entire season on the International Gay Rodeo Association across North America. Brave cowboys and cowgirls overcome challenges both in and out of the arena, on their way to the World Finals.

Boy’s Don’t Cry (Netflix)

Young female-to-male transgender Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) leaves his hometown under threat when his ex-girlfriend's brother discovers that he's biologically female. Resettling in the small town of Falls City, Nebraska, Brandon falls for Lana (Chloë Sevigny), an aspiring singer, and begins to plan for their future together. But when her ex-convict friends, John (Peter Sarsgaard) and Tom (Brendan Sexton III), learn Brandon's secret, things change very quickly.

SexEducation (Netflix)

SexEducation is a British comedy-drama streaming television series created by Laurie Nunn for Netflix. It follows the lives of the students, staff and parents of the fictional Moordale Secondary School as they contend with various personal dilemmas, often related to sexual intimacy.

Uncoupled (Netflix/Showtime)

A man has had his life turned upside down after his partner walks out on him after 17 years.

The Last of Us (HBO Max)

Joel and Ellie, a pair connected through the harshness of the world they live in, are forced to endure brutal circumstances and ruthless killers on a trek across a post-outbreak America.

Bruised (Netflix)

Jackie Justice, a disgraced MMA fighter who has failed at the one thing she's ever been good at - fighting. When 6-year-old Manny, the son she walked out on years ago, returns to her doorstep, Jackie has to conquer her own demons.

Pose (Hulu)

Pose is set in the world of the late-1980s to early-1990s and "looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world."

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