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Favourite LGBTQ+ Movies
Oy vey, it’s been an age since I participated in Top 5 Wednesday! It’s actually on hiatus for the summer months but that means it’s a good time to revisit all those old prompts! I also thought it would be fitting, in the spirit of Pride Month, to do a topic in that vein. This particular prompt was Favourite LGBTQ+ reads but since I already covered that topic before; I decided to focus on LGBTQ+ movies – specifically teen movies.
Now, I realized a while back that I hadn’t seen nearly enough LGBTQ+ movies so there are probably quite a few important ones that I will have missed off this list but I am only going to talk about the ones I have seen personally. I’m also a day late with this post, as per usual…
1. Love, Simon
Based on the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (one of my favourites!) it was a no-brainer I was going to see Love, Simon when it came out last year. It was definitely worth waiting for! It was about time there was a mainstream movie for teens with a gay main character.
2. All Over Me
I actually first saw All Over Me when I was an actual teenager! It was a real eye-opener as well, with a great story and appealing cast. Featuring a very young Wilson Cruz (fresh from My So-Called Life!) and Leisha Hailey (of the L Word and the band Uh Huh Her) – it is a very underrated movie in my humble opinion.
3. Alex Strangelove
This Netflix offering will not be winning any awards anytime soon but I thought it was a genuinely sweet little movie. The leads were very engaging. It maybe spent a little too much time focusing on the main character’s relationship with his girlfriend and less time with his male love interest… still, it was pretty touching and heartfelt all the same.
This film is probably better-known for having Alison from Pretty Little Liars in a lead role (as the titular ‘G.B.F.’ in the title) but the more engaging part of the story focuses on two gay best friends who hook up but then *shock-horror* decide to remain just friends! It’s very funny too although does rely too much on certain stereotypes at times…
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Patrick isn’t the main character of the film, based on the book of the same name by Stephen Chbosky (who also directed the movie), but he was definitely the stand-out for me! I really enjoyed this movie – it was sad at times, uplifting at others and definitely had a banging soundtrack!