With LGBT issues cropping up frequently in films since the 1990s, it’s hard to list just ten films that treat LGBT issues respectfully and realistically. Here, however, are ten of our personal favourite films that showcase LGBT issues.
10. Stonewall (1995) - Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller
The historical comedy meets documentary film, directed by the late Nigel Finch, is a fictional account of the days and weeks prior to the legendary Stonewall riots in June 1969, which turned the tide in the American gay rights movement.
A film about a young man’s descent into madness as a result of love and obsession, Garcon Stupide tells the tale of a promiscuous gay young man who becomes fixated with his best friend, Marie whilst lusting over a professional footballer who is falling from grace.
8. Slutty Summer (2005) - Casper Andreas, Jesse Archer, Virginia Bryan
This rather light hearted indie film is about a young, broken hearted gay man who gets a job as a waiter in New York City. One of his new colleagues persuades him to forget his troubles by taking up a summer of casual sex.
6. Latter Days (2003) – Wes Ramsey, Steve Sandvoss, Rebekah Johnson
This American romantic drama tells the tale of the relationship between a Mormon missionary and his neighbour; an openly gay man. The film explores attitudes to homosexuality in the USA and, in particular, the Mormon Church but in a witty and refreshing manner.
A story of an 11 year old boy’s childhood, growing up in County Durham as an aspiring ballet dancer in a coal mining family. The inspiring film sees Billy banned from ballet as his father would rather he be a boxer. Finally, his father sees Billy’s potential and supports him in achieving his dream.
Whilst there’s no evidence Billy is actually gay, the issues addressed by the characters and the inspiring nature of the film earn it a place in this list.
4. Like it is (1998) - Steve Bell, Ian Rose, Roger Daltrey, Dani Behr
A lesser known film that offers a refreshing and honest look at homosexuality in Britain. The story is of an unemployed bare knuckle fighter and a record producer who fall in love, much to the dismay of the friends and colleagues of both.
2. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce
A fantastic comedy, depicting three drag queen’s journey across the Australian outback. Their flamboyant, fun filled journey from Sydney to Alice Springs is only topped by the amazing costumes.
1. Brokeback Mountain (2005) – Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger
This epic American cowboy love story needs no introduction. The story of two young men forging a complicated emotional (and physical) relationship over the summer of 1963 takes us through the joys and tragedies of the men’s personal struggles to come to terms with their emotions.
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