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LGBTQ+ Movies You Can Stream To Celebrate Pride Month

By Kristy Puchko | Film | June 1, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | June 1, 2020 |


Pride parades might be canceled, but everyone under the LGBTQ+ umbrella can celebrate from home with this selection of out and proud cinema. Whether it’s stories of coming out, facing prejudice, discovering romance, or finding chosen family, we’ve got you covered with a selection of movies that are now streaming on Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, Shudder, and HBO Max.

The Birdcage (1996)
This American remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian comedy La Cage aux Folles, stars Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a gay couple whose life of nightclubs, drag queens, and himbo butlers is thrown into spin when their straight son brings home his new fiance and her Republican parents! Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, and Christine Baranski co-star in this outrageously funny comedy about family and making it work.
Now streaming here.

Circus of Books (2020)
For decades, a safe space for gay men in Los Angeles was created by a straight Jewish couple with a bookstore that unapologetically sold porn, lube, condoms, and sex toys. This is the true story of Karen and Barry Mason, documented by their daughter, Rachel Mason. Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race will gag when Alaska Thunderf*ck pops up for a cheeky interview.
Now streaming here.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
Many consider Marsha P. Johnson the mother of the gay liberation movement in America. She’s credited with throwing the first brick at Stonewall. She was a Black gay activist who gave shelter to queer and trans youth. She pushed back against the police. Then, in 1992, her body was discovered in the Hudson River. This documentary from David France explores her life, her legacy, and the suspicion that Johnson was murdered.
Now streaming here.

Disobedience (2017)
Chilean director Sebastián Lelio helms this steamy tale of forbidden love set in an Orthodox Jewish community in North London. The death of a respected member brings his estranged daughter Ronit (Rachel Weisz) back home. As she makes the rounds of this uncomfortable reunion, it becomes clear she didn’t leave as much as she was cast out. And as she reconnects with her girlhood friend Esti (Rachel McAdams), the reason why becomes clear as their attraction challenges the communities concepts of love and faith.
Now streaming here.

Flawless (1999)
This queer comedy sounds like a Madlibs libs movie pitch: Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as a sassy drag queen who forms an unexpected friendship with a homophobic cop played by Robert De Niro, in a crime-dramedy written and directed by Joel Schumacher. And if you’re wondering if this includes a scene where Hoffman yells “break it off in me, Daddy,” the answer is YUP.
Now streaming here.

The Half Of It (2020)
From Saving Face writer/director Alice Wu comes a genderswapped and proudly queer retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. Leah Lewis stars as Ellie Chu, an intelligent wallflower whose main contact with her high school classmates is writing their essays for cash. However, she has a new challenge when a dopey jock (Daniel Diemer) asks her to write a love letter to his crush (Alexxis Lemire). Things quickly get complicated as Ellie’s crushing on her too.
Now streaming here.

Love, Simon (2018)
It’s about time gay kids got a teen rom-com of their own! Not kicked to a subplot or shunned from the spotlight, Simon (Nick Robinson) is a closeted gay teen who finds an unexpected peer online. Within the freedom of anonymity, the pair write each other, explore themselves, and begin a formative flirtation. The result is a coming-out tale that is full of heart, humor, and boasts a well-earned happy ending. Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., and Keiynan Lonsdale star.
Now streaming here.

Moonlight (2016)
Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, this intimate coming-of-age drama follows of a gay Black boy Chiron, as he faces bullying and poverty, but finds love, both with a chosen family and eventually in a smoking hot beau. Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, and Academy-Award winner Mahershala Ali star in Barry Jenkins’ groundbreaking, breathtaking, and heart-lifting drama that won three Oscars, including Best Picture.
Now streaming here.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)
One of the most underrated movies of this century, writer/director Angela Robinson’s stirring biopic uncovers the polyamorous relationship that gave birth to one of the world’s most iconic superheroes. Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote star as the lovers behind Wonder Woman.
Now streaming here.

Saturday Church (2017)
Written and directed by Damon Cardasis, this coming-of-age musical explores the sexual awakening and self-discovery of 14-year-old Ulysses (Luka Kain). While his religious family rejects his emerging queer identity, the family he finds at “Saturday Church” loves him just as he is, encouraging him to blossom. Indya Moore, Mj Rodriguez, Margot Bingham, Marquis Rodriguez and Regina Taylor co-star.
Now streaming here.

A Secret Love (2020)
This is a story of lesbian love that conquered all. Pat Henschel and pro baseball player Terry Donahue walk audiences through their 65 years together, from the 1940s, when lesbian bars were raided by a vicious police force, to the 2010s, when they finally came out to their families as more than friends.
Now streaming here.

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2020)
One of my personal favorites of the year is this incredibly moving, funny, and informative documentary about the legacy of the infamous Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Horror-loving documentarians Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen team up with the sequel’s star, Mark Patton, to explore the film’s queer impact as well as where this iconic scream queen went once he left the spotlight.
Comes to Shudder on June 4.

Tangerine (2015)
If you still haven’t gotten around to watching Sean Baker’s acclaimed indie, use Pride Month as your excuse. Set on Christmas Eve in Hollywood, Tangerine follows trans sex workers Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) as they try to track down the former’s cheating boyfriend, a drug-dealing pimp named Chester (James Ransone). This setup may sound bleak. But admirers of Baker’s better-known Florida Project know the filmmaker has a distinct skill for bringing humor and compassion to stories centered on marginalized and impoverished protagonists. Far from exploitive or poverty-porn, Tangerine is a vibrant dramedy about the resilience and loyalty of its heroines.
Now streaming here.

Did we miss your favorite LGBTQ+ movie? Share it in comments! Bonus points if you share where it can be streamed (legally).

Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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