Pride Month 2022: 10 queer movies and TV shows to check out

From ‘Euphoria’ to ‘Badhaai Do’, here’s a list of recent titles to take you into the world of queer cinema this Pride month

From ‘Euphoria’ to ‘Badhaai Do’, here’s a list of recent titles to take you into the world of queer cinema this Pride month

A month-long Pride celebration draws to a close. Yet, celebrating love in all its forms, and fighting for the right to be yourself in our heteronormative and cis-normative world, is all seasons. Pride Month is not just a celebratory festival for gay people, but also a call to action for a long-standing movement that aims to break social conditioning, gender and sex stereotypes, and to fight for the respect of the rights of all.

For those interested in exploring the LGBTQIA+ spectrum through mainstream cinema, here are some recent titles to introduce you to queer romance, rights, representation, and more.

call me by your name

Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 coming-of-age drama is one of the most famous queer titles, especially among Gen Z. Set in the beautiful Italian countryside, the film tells the story of a young Italian-French man named Elio (Timothée Chalamet), who finds himself in a complicated relationship with Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old American college student who spends his summer with Elio’s family.

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An image from “Call Me By Your Name” | Photo credit: special arrangement

The film feels like a warm embrace to all hopeless romantics. With a doomed romance at the center, it traces the inner battles of a young gay teenager who faces the pangs of mature love.

Reading all that has been written about the film is an informative exercise in itself. Of course, awareness of the outrageous Armie Hammer controversy that erupted in the years after the film’s release may prove pivotal in the dialogue about sexual abuse, casting in queer movies, and the like.

Portrait of a lady on fire

As call me by your name, this drama also has picturesque locations, captivating dialogues, doomed romance with fiery passion and a sense of deep sadness; all of which emanate from his well-crafted staging.

A scene from 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'

A scene from ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ | Photo credit: special arrangement

Set on an isolated island in the 18th century, the film tells the love story of Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a painter commissioned by an aristocratic woman to paint her daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), who refuses to marry, without his knowledge.

Love can seep through unknown crevices of the heart, and filmmaker Céline Sciamma captures such an intense, fleeting romance between Marianne and Héloïse. One of the initial scenes shows Marianne escorted by a group of men to the island on a boat; the scene is symbolic of the cold world she lives in, at a time when the chains around love, gender and sexuality were tighter.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Euphoria

This HBO show has an unwavering status in millennial pop culture for presenting complex themes such as drug addiction, sexual abuse, cyber abuse, mental health issues, and more in a dark, austere, and gripping way.

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Zendaya and Hunter Schafer in ‘Euphoria’ | Photo credit: Disney+ Hotstar

Based on an Israeli miniseries of the same name, Euphoria centers on several teenagers who are secretly battling their inner and outer demons. Central characters include Rue (Zendaya), who suffers from drug addiction, depression, and grief; and Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a transgender girl who enters into a complicated relationship with Rue.

The show’s portrayal of certain issues may be a little too heartbreaking, overwhelming, and even heartbreaking for some, but is still a necessary reflection of the threats the real world poses to gay people.

Euphoria is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar

Heart stroke

If you are looking for something light, healthy and comforting, Heart stroke is the show for you. Based on Alice Oseman’s graphic novel of the same name, this British coming-of-age series has scaled the charts for its accurate depiction of delicate gay romance. It tells the story of Charlie Spring (Joe Locke), a gay schoolboy who falls in love with his classmate Nick Nelson (Kit Connor).

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A photo of ‘Heartstopper’ | Photo credit: Netflix.com

Over the course of eight 20-minute episodes, we follow Charlie, who faces daily hardships as an openly gay and introverted schoolboy; Nick, whose popularity becomes a drag when he begins to question his sexuality; and Elle Argent (Yasmin Finney), Charlie’s best friend who transferred to an all-girls school after becoming transgender, and many others.

With an elegant narration, Heart stroke captures both the beautiful little moments of a high school romance as well as the micro and macro details of the daily struggles gay teens are forced to face.

Heartstopper is streaming on Netflix

Disclosure: Trans lives on screen

Knowing what an exact representation is is also knowing what an inaccurate representation is. Sam Feder’s documentary film, Disclosure: Trans lives on screenis an integral investigation into how cinema and pop culture have thoughtlessly and insensitively projected transsexuality onto the masses over the decades.

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Laverne Cox in ‘Disclosure’ | Photo credit: Netflix

In its autonomy of 100 minutes, Disclosure features over 30 popular trans actors who talk about how they felt watching certain Hollywood titles that distorted trans-ness. The documentary takes us back to the history of Western cinema and points to the repercussions of such misrepresentation on the lives of trans people.

Disclosure: Trans Live on Screen is streaming on Netflix

Laid

Laid is a representation of drag ball culture rooted in 80s New York, the city with a vast history of queer movements. An integral part of LGBTQIA+ culture, a drag ball has drag queens representing their chosen family (or “house”) and competing for a trophy.

A picture of 'Pose'

A photo of ‘Pose’ | Photo credit: Disney+ Hotstar

The series’ first season focused primarily on the house of Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista (Michaela Jaé Rodriguez) and its members, all of whom must maneuver through societal and personal obstacles.

The plot emphasizes HIV awareness, the importance of safer sex, and attainable, unbiased health care for all. It is also important to note that there are multiple textual and subtextual references to issues that arise from the intersection of class and gender. Laid sensitively shows the problems that gay people faced in 1980s New York and unfortunately continue to face today around the world.

Pose is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar

Young Royals

In line with young adult dramas with queer narratives like Euphoria, Heart strokeand Sex education, come Young Royals.

A photo of 'Young Royals'

A photo of ‘Young Royals’ | Photo credit: Netflix

It follows Prince Wilhelm of Sweden (Edvin Ryding) and his relationship with a classmate, Simon Eriksson (Omar Rudberg). Coping with the relationship proves difficult for the aristocratic Wilhelm when he becomes crown prince.

This Swedish Netflix drama that premiered last year unanimously won the hearts of audiences for its serious and sensitive writing about homosexuality and for showing the socio-political and socio-economic factors that can affect a young teenager who is on the path of self-discovery.

The six-part series created by Lisa Ambjörn, Lars Beckung and Camilla Holter has been renewed for a second season for all the right reasons.

Young Royals is streaming on Netflix

A fantastic woman (or) Una mujer fantastica

The heteronormative world is notorious for being threatened by anything beyond its social conditioning. A fantastic woman is a 2017 Spanish drama from filmmaker Sebastián Lelio that challenges trans stereotypes and gender norms. It depicts the harsh reality of our world that sexualizes trans women and disregards their identity and human rights.

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An image from “A fantastic woman” | Photo credit: Amazon Prime Video

A transgender waitress/singer named Marina (Daniela Vega) finds herself stuck in a quagmire when their romantic partner Orlando (Francisco Reyes) suddenly dies after a night out. Authorities and Orlando’s family begin to suspect Marina’s involvement. The tension mounts and the film ends up becoming a full-fledged thriller.

Major credits go to Vega’s heartfelt performance, Benjamín Echazarreta’s realistic camera moves, and a brilliant screenplay by Lelio and Gonzalo Maza.

A Fantasy Woman is streaming on Amazon Prime Video

The happiest season

A gay heart knows how overwhelming the fear of coming out to family can be. Clea DuVall’s holiday rom-com is a must-watch for anyone who has trouble getting out.

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A photo of ‘Happiest Season’ | Photo credit: Netflix

In the film, Abby (Kristen Stewart), who plans to propose to her girlfriend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) at the latter’s home, is shocked when she realizes that Harper has yet to come out to her parents.

A large, eerie family at the center adds to the good comedy, drama, and happy pride holiday movie.

The happiest season is streaming on Netflix

Badhaai Do

The upsurge in the presence of queer narratives in mainstream Indian cinema has been welcome. The latest popular addition to the meme is Harshavardhan Kulkarni’s Badhaai Do in which Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar play a gay man and a lesbian woman, respectively, who get married to please their families.

A picture of 'Badhaai Do'

A photo of ‘Badhaai Do’ | Photo credit: Netflix

When Suman Singh (Bhumi) and Shardul Thakur (Rajkummar) move into the latter’s police quarters, trouble begins as they must protect their secrets and maneuver their respective romantic relationships, all while making sure they “behave “like the married couple that society expects. them to.

Badhaai Do is one of popular cinema’s closest attempts to realistically portray the battles gay people face in India. The film has a soundtrack by Amit Trivedi, Tanishk Bagchi, Ankit Tiwari and Khamosh Shah, a terrific cast and an engaging screenplay by Suman Adhikary, Akshat Ghildial and Harshavardhan.

Badhaai Do is streaming on Netflix