LGBTQIA Pride in Films

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction,
Collage of LGBTQIA feature films
A selection of LGBT feature films

Over the years there have been many LGBTQIA feature films, such as My Beautiful Laundrette, Boys in the Band, Milk, Maurice, Monster, and Boys Don’t Cry. As seen in films, the portrayal of the LGBTQIA community has changed and grown over the years.There are more feature films and documentaries than ever. Combined, Kanopy, Overdrive, and hoopla have more than 1,000 LGBTQIA feature films and documentaries.The following is a very short list.

LGBTQIA Pride in Films

Book cover for Anchor & Hope
Anchor & Hope
Marques-Marcet, Carlos

Two women live a carefree life on a houseboat until one of them decides she wants a baby. Their living situation changes when a male friend visits and the three of them decide what to do about having that baby.

Book cover for BPM (Beats Per Minute)
BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Campillo, Robin

In Paris in the 1990s, a group of activists, known as ACT UP, fight for action against the AIDS/HIV epidemic. The film’s focus and plot are portrayed through the lives and relationships of several men, and their involvement in the movement.

Book cover for Cloudburst
Fitzgerald, Thom

A touching and hysterical tale about a lesbian couple who hit the road to escape from a nursing home. Along the way, they pick up a hitchhiker who learns a good deal about life from these two old, wise gals.

Book cover for Funeral Parade of Roses
Funeral Parade of Roses
Matsumoto, Toshio

Set in a gay bar in Japan, the plots revolve around drugs, sex, and gay culture.

Book cover for God’s Own Country
God’s Own Country

True love takes a circuitous route in this story set in Yorkshire, England, where Johnny works on his family’s farm. His secret encounters with men change when a Romanian migrant worker helps during the lambing season.

Book cover for Hurricane Bianca
Hurricane Bianca

When a teacher in a small Texas town is outed, then fired for being gay, he returns, dressed in drag, to take revenge—and it is a dish, not served cold.

Book cover for Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots

This is the original film, from which the musical was adapted. A drag queen not only rescues a straight bloke from a physical assault but does him a greater favor by helping to save the family’s failing boot factory.

Book cover for Moonlight

Oscar winner for Best Picture, the film’s story shows how kindness, understanding, and love help a young African American boy overcome his struggles with abuse, bullying, a lack of any kind of love, and confusion over sexual identity.

Book cover for Suicide Kale
Suicide Kale

Jasmine and Penny attend what should be a happy brunch with Jordan and Billie. Things get more than a bit shaky when a suicide note appears.

Book cover for Tell It To The Bees
Tell It To The Bees

The lives of several people are upended when a female doctor has a relationship with the mother of a patient. Set in the 1950s, many lives are disrupted in this small British town.