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Cue the Pride Month marathon—here are some LGBTQIA+ films to watch

By BROOKE VILLANUEVA Published Jun 02, 2021 3:27 pm

Hello, Pride Month!

As you put together an exciting lineup of #PRIDE activities for you and your friends, make it a point to leave some time for great LGBTQIA+ films. Don your cutest rainbow pajamas, cozy up in a knit blanket, and spend a few nights binge-watching queer films as a member, ally, or both.

Here’s a list of movies you can watch in keeping with the celebration this month. 

Transformer (2018) tells the story of world record weightlifter Matt “Kroc” Kroczaleski, who encountered a myriad of hurdles during his gender transition to “Janae.” As she embarked on a journey to her authentic self, she lost so much in her life—sponsors, parents (who disowned her), competitions, and beyond. 

Up for some thriller? Starring Rosamund Pike, I Care A Lot (2020) revolves around Marla Grayson—a businesswoman who has made a ton of money scamming senior citizens in a nursing home. Trouble ensued when she and her partner Fran (played by Eiza Gonzalez) messed with the wrong person: Jennifer Peterson, who is closely related to a Russian mob boss. 

In Alex Strangelove (2018), a teenager’s plan to lose his virginity to his girlfriend took a puzzling turn when he crossed paths with an endearing gay guy, making it a lovingly fascinating romantic comedy. 

The Half of It (2020) features heart-fluttering twists and turns in relation to young love. In this Netflix rom-com, introverted Ellie Chu (played by Leah Lewis) helps a school jock impress his crush—the same person she has secretly fallen in love with. 

If you're looking for a heartbreaking tearjerker, you might want to check out Holding the Man (2015), which follows two teen boys who sparked a 15-year romance with each other. Quoting film/TV review website Rotten Tomatoes, it’s “an achingly beautiful portrayal of love and death that may be too real for some.”