This Month On Netflix: Celebrate Pride With These 5 Picks
LGBTQ representation in film and television is so vitally important—and just in the past decade, we’ve come a long way. In celebration of the glorious thirty days that are Pride Month, we’ve rounded up our top Netflix picks that have moved the needle. Let’s be real—we still have a ways to go for LGBTQ representation in the media, but it’s important to celebrate the dope art that does exist in the film and television landscape. This month’s roundup authentically weaves sexuality and gender identity through stories of love, devastation, and everything in between. Happy Pride y’all.
Master of None (2017)
Season 2 of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None is finally here—and it’s light-hearted critique of millennial culture is on point, as per usual. Episode 8, titled “Thanksgiving”, takes the viewer on Aziz’s childhood friend Denise’s coming out journey, revealing the progression of her experience through a sequence of her family Thanksgivings, spanning from childhood to adulthood. Lena Waithe, the actress behind Denise’s character, actually wrote the episode based on her own personal experience of coming out to her family. The authenticity of the episode is a rarity in the television realm—and that alone makes this episode a true must-watch.
Gus Van Sant’s Academy Award-winning film, Milk, is a window into the LGBTQ sociopolitical climate of the 1970s. It chronicles the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, from his start in politics to his assassination that shook the nation. The film sheds light on how fucking hard the LGBTQ community fought for the most basic equality—and the pioneers that led the way.
Tangerine pushed transgender representation in film to new levels after its debut at Sundance in 2015. Written by Sean Baker (and shot solely on an iPhone 5s), the film is a commentary on trans street culture in Los Angeles—a harsh reality with a comedic spin. The audience follows along a day in the life of Alexandra and Sin-Dee, two transgender prostitutes, after they find out that Sin-Dee’s boyfriend (and pimp) has been cheating on her while she was in prison. Baker actually discovered the two lead actors on the corner of Santa Monica and Highland and from there, Tangerine, was born.
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (2014)
Critically-acclaimed documentary, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, takes us on a poignant journey of the life and death of Matt Shepard, a young gay man who fell victim to one of the most heinous hate crimes in history in 1998. The film is equal parts compelling and heartbreaking, and most importantly, it dives behind the news headlines, sharing Matt’s legacy as a human, not just a news story. Matt’s murder was a driving force for new hate crime legislation—President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law in 2009.
Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013)
Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour is an evocative coming-of-age film, which focuses solely on women for 179 minutes. The French drama premiered at Cannes in 2013 to controversial reception because of its overt eroticism—and at the same time, won the prestigious Palme d’Or. But most importantly, it’s a uniquely unfiltered look at first love (and first heartbreak) between two young women.
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