8 LGBT Movies To Watch
As sad as it is, it’s true that the world wasn’t always open to accepting the LBGT community. Only in recent years, have people stopped being insensitive and accepted that love has no boundaries in terms of gender.In an attempt to support them, the film industry has made quite a few wonderful LGBT movies to make people have some common sense.
Movies always help change our thinking and influence and thus play an important part in bringing social change.
Here are a few great LGBT movies to watch which will definitely change the way you think about gays.
1 Brokeback Mountain
Among the top list of LGBT movies is a story that is set in Texas, this movie shows a tragic romance between two men, Enice and Jack. They’re both hired to do some sheep herding, but they end up doing a lot more than that. Jack makes a move on Enice and they realize they both are gay and really into each other. Both have wives and this development is fairly new in their lives so definitely interesting to watch.
It’s especially interesting since both are closeted gays and live in society where they can’t be in a relationship with each other. Both get married to women and have kids of their own but despite it all continue to have a secret affair for a long time. Even after they divorce their wives, they can only see each other a few times a year. It’s a story about heartbreak and pain one feels when they can’t be with the one they’re meant to be with. It really opens your eyes to the struggles many LGBT people had to face over the years.
A simple purchase in a toy store leads to the most thrilling romance we have ever seen. Carol, an attractive lady with a loveless marriage meets Therese, a shopkeeper in her 20’s aspiring to be a photographer. There’s a spark you see right from the first encounter they have. Carol invites Therese to her home and from there their bond starts to grow. Their relationship properly starts with both of them happy beyond words. However, things get complicated when Carol decides she wants a divorce.
What adds layer to this touching movie is the fact that Carol’s husband is not okay with losing her wife and especially not to other women. He’s so adamant that he is willing to blackmail Carol with taking full custody of their daughter. It’s interesting to see how Carol deals with all of that and stays true for her love for Therese. She is an inspiration as she doesn’t change her self or her affection just because society doesn’t accept her. In a very ignorant society of that time, that’s something beautiful to watch.
Accurate portrayal of the hardships of life and the need of determination and will power through the story of Russell and Glen. They meet at a gay bar and hit it off really well. Spending a weekend at Russell’s house, they get to connect physically, emotionally and mentally. It’s heartbreaking because it directly tackles how homosexuals deal with homophobia in their daily lives.
The movie tackles the questions of finding your own identity and the decision to stick with it no matter what the odds. These two men have a lot of differences but still find a special connection that you find only once in your life. It’s worth watching if you want to know what’s going on inside the LGBT community.
4 Paris is burning
In her documentary, Jennie Livingston shows us how the outcasts of American society band together and make a culture of their own. It discusses gender roles and our deeply ingrained prejudices to inform us of how far we humans still have to go.
It’s an in-depth view of the African American and Latino community who are also from the LGBT community and how they survive through the blatant racism, homophobia, poverty and AIDS in a society that does everything it can to shun them out. These groups of people created their own sub-culture and used the terms used in the wider society and added their own meaning to it. The strength each one of them possesses is commendable and inspirational. It led to many others finding the strength to stay true to their identities. This was before RuPaul’s Drag Race was even a thing, so it’s definitely worth watching how different everything was then.
5 My Beautiful Launderette
A classic tale of a forbidden love between a white and Asian man. It starts out with the white man, Johnny, to help the Asian man, Omer, in his job. The two find love and have to face hardships together in tragic ways. It’s a view on how Asian Muslims deal with homophobia in their own ways. But it’s a lot more than just that. It’s about striving for success despite being different from others.
Daniel Day Lewis has out did himself even in this movie by playing the white punk Johnny. He and Saeed Jaffrey certainly portrayed an interesting chemistry on screen. The movie seemed so very realistic and that much more interesting to watch.
6 All About My Mother
A terrible tragedy falls on Manuela when she loses her only son. The movie revolves around her searching for his transgender father and along the way befriends a pregnant nun and an old friend of her son’s father. Truly, the kind of friendships you would want to see on the screen. It gives an intimate look on how humans connect with each other through hard times.
It’s also a cinematic masterpiece as it uses a lot of symbolism in the movie and it somewhat seems like a parody to “All About Eve”. Though, it has a unique message of its own and the different characters are beautifully written to connect the movie in a way that satisfies the viewers. Above all else it’s about family values and bonds despite the characters being from the LGBT community. It changes perspectives and shows us that it doesn’t matter what your identity and orientation is when it comes to love and care for one another.
A comedic look at a very serious issue of the problems the transgender community faces along with a portrayal of a sex-trade subculture of L.A. The movie centers around a transgender prostitute who searches for the man who cheated on her. If that doesn’t get you to watch this movie, then maybe the fact that it was all shot in an iPhone hopefully might.
It’s a bit different than mainstream movies but that’s all the more reason to give it a chance. The movie ropes you into this new world you’re not familiar with and slowly removes all your inner held prejudices and views of the LGBT community.
8 Blue is the Warmest Color
Meet Adele, a high school student that doesn’t want to date men anymore and tries to find a girl to date. After one failed encounter she meets a rather lively girl named Emma. Emma isn’t openly accepted into society due to her sexuality. Since people are dumb and petty, they start hating on Adele just because of her new friendship.
But these two don’t really care about what society says and start their own relationship and enjoy it to the fullest. It’s a coming of age movie about forming an identity you are content with.