13 Must-See LGBTQ+ Flicks and Shows for Your Watchlist

Celebrating LGBTQ+ stories through film and television can be both a source of entertainment and a powerful means of fostering understanding and empathy. Here’s a list of 13 uplifting LGBTQ+ movies and series that range from heartwarming romances to insightful documentaries, showcasing the diversity and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community.

1. “Moonlight” (2016) 

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A beautifully crafted coming-of-age story that follows the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami and grappling with his identity and sexuality.

2. “Pose” (2018-2021) 

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Set in the 1980s and ’90s, this groundbreaking series explores the ballroom culture of New York City, highlighting the joys and challenges of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly transgender individuals and people of color.

3. “Call Me By Your Name” (2017) 

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A poignant romance between 17-year-old Elio and doctoral student Oliver in 1980s Italy, celebrating the beauty of first love and self-discovery.

4. “Schitt’s Creek” (2015-2020) 

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This beloved Canadian sitcom, centered around the wealthy Rose family who suddenly find themselves broke, is celebrated for its positive representation of LGBTQ+ relationships and characters.

5. “Love, Simon” (2018) 

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A charming teen rom-com about Simon, a high school student who hasn’t come out yet, navigating love and friendships while being blackmailed by a classmate.

6. “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (1994) 

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A dazzling road movie about two drag queens and a transgender woman traveling across the Australian desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

7. “Carol” (2015) 

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Set in the 1950s, this film tells the story of a forbidden affair between two women, Carol and Therese, and the societal pressures they face.

8. “A Fantastic Woman” (2017) 

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This Oscar-winning Chilean drama focuses on Marina, a transgender woman, as she deals with the fallout from her older boyfriend’s death and the discrimination she faces.

9. “Orange Is the New Black” (2013-2019)

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A groundbreaking series set in a women’s prison, offering deep insights into the lives of its diverse ensemble of characters, including several LGBTQ+ storylines.

10. “Queer Eye” (2018-present) 

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The reboot of the early-2000s series features the “Fab Five” offering lifestyle makeovers to people of all backgrounds, with a focus on acceptance and self-love.

11. “The Half of It” (2020) 

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A unique take on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac story, this Netflix original explores themes of friendship, love, and self-acceptance in a small town.

12. “Transparent” (2014-2019) 

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A groundbreaking series that follows the Pfefferman family as they adjust to the news that their father is a transgender woman named Maura.

13. “Happy Together” (1997) 

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Directed by Wong Kar-wai, this visually stunning film explores the turbulent relationship between two men from Hong Kong living in exile in Buenos Aires.

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These films and series offer a window into the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals, highlighting the importance of love, acceptance, and the pursuit of happiness. They are a testament to the storytelling power of cinema and television to uplift, educate, and inspire.

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