10 LGBTIQ+ films to make you smile
Tegan Tucker | On 21, Jun 2016
Following the tragedy that has occurred in Orlando, the LGBTIQ+ community could do with a pick-me-up. So to shine some light on a difficult time, we’ve put together a list of LGBTIQ+ films with happy endings to binge-watch. While they’re sadly rare to come across, they do exist! And here are a few of our favourites.
- Imagine Me & You (2005)
One of the more popular Sapphic films, Imagine Me & You is a charming film about a pair named Rachel and Luce. Rachel meets Luce just as she’s moving into the world of marriage with her partner, Heck. Despite being happy with Heck, Rachel is unable to ignore the magnetic pull towards Luce. Questioning her marriage as well as her sexuality, Rachel is forced to choose between the life she planned and the love she didn’t.
- Shelter (2007)
After being forced to give up his dreams of college and work dead-end jobs to support his family, Zach finds solace in the company of his best friend’s brother, Shaun.
- Geography Club (2013)
Tired of battling their troubles alone, a group of teens of varying sexualities form a secret LGBT+ club at their high school called ‘Geography Club’. Because who would want to talk about geography, right? With a dynamic cast and a range of characters, each at their own points in their journeys of self-discovery, Geography Club is a fun watch all round, and makes me wish this kind of club had been around when I was in school!
This spy-parody follows a team of young schoolgirls trained by a secret government agency to fight crime. The leader of the team, Amy, is prepped for a fruitful career as a D.E.B.S. agent, but when she meets criminal mastermind Lucy Diamond, things start to veer a little off-road.
D.E.B.S. is one of my personal favourites amongst the lesbian/bisexual films out there. It’s a fun film that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and with so many LGBT+ films out being solely about sexuality/gender, who doesn’t love a film that takes a wackier route? Also, lady-loving females with guns who don’t die? (Looking at you, TV writers of today). Sign me up!
- Boy Meets Girl (2015)
Rick is a young transgender woman who lives in rural Kentucky, working as a barista as she hopes for an admission to fashion school in New York. Enter bubbly, wide-eyed debutante Francesca. Despite Francesca’s engagement to a Marine, she soon falls for Ricky, and the pair begin a relationship. Exploring love and gender, and the importance of living out your dreams without fear, Boy Meets Girl is a coming-of-age romantic comedy that I would recommend to anyone.
- Life Partners (2014)
Life Partners explores the close bond between best friends Paige and Sasha. Paige is straight, Sasha is a lesbian, and as Paige enters a serious relationship, their co-dependent friendship is tested. Don’t worry, this isn’t the tired story of the girl who falls for her straight best friend. But instead the all too relatable one of adjusting a friendship to make room for someone new.
- G.B.F. (2014)
After being outed by his classmates, unassuming Tanner becomes the target of three queen bees who are on a mission to acquire the stereotypical ‘Gay Best Friend’. Launched into a social transformation, Tanner is forced to choose between popularity and his true friends – particularly his own best friend, Brent. G.B.F. is a silly teen comedy that you can sit back and laugh along (and cringe) to.
- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
I’m sure no Aussie needs to be told what this film is about, meaning you already know it’s a sure-fire way to a smile!
- But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
After her disinterest in her boyfriend and her love for Melissa Etheridge makes her parents suspect she is a lesbian, naïve cheerleader Megan is sent off to True Directions, a 5-step rehabilitation camp dedicated to sending campers on the road to heterosexuality. Despite her parents’ intentions, Megan’s self-awareness only grows when she falls for another camper.
Starring a twenty year-old Natasha Lyonne (Nicky Nichols in Orange is the New Black), But I’m a Cheerleader is a whacky comedy that is a must-see.
- The Way He Looks (2014)
Leonardo is a blind high school student struggling with independence. When new student Gabriel walks into his life, his world begins to change. A natural and simple film with a moving story, The Way He Looks is a bit more serious, but it’s bound to leave you smiling.
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