Nothing like a good old-fashioned movie marathon. The atmosphere, the popcorn, the beverages, and the company are all exceptional. There’s a lot of competition, though. Even better, it’s likely to have an effect. And what better way to do that than with films that feature lesbian characters who mirror the actual world, but don’t appear on the big screen often enough? Queer films, be they dramas, romantic comedies, or documentaries, are what I’m referring to. Make sure your next Netflix binge includes some much-needed lesbian representation by watching a film in whatever genre you want.
For those who identify as LGBTQ, having a voice is essential. Allies who have had the good fortune to see themselves on the big screen should also pay attention to the stories of those who haven’t had that luxury. Julia Himberg, an associate professor of film and media studies at Arizona State University, states, “Media is ideally positioned to be both entertaining and a creative force for democracy.” Seeing the lives of people whose identities are different from our own broadens our perspective of our culture, even if we are merely watching for enjoyment.
While these flicks may not be for everyone, they are sure to make your next movie night more than just a normal Netflix and chill. Do you feel like seeing a doc right now? Take a look at Tig, a documentary that follows comic Tig Notaro as she battles breast cancer. What about a brightly-colored high school musical set? The Prom, starring Meryl Streep and James Corden, is a must-see movie experience.
1. The Half of It
2. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
4. The Prom
6. Duck Butter
7. The Runaways
8. The Feels
10. A Secret Love
11. So My Grandma’s A Lesbian
Even before she meets her fiancé, a young woman is already fighting to fit in with his rigid and traditional family. Now that her grandmother has made her desire to marry her girlfriend public, the entire engagement is in jeopardy.