7 films with unique perspectives from the LGBT community

In the middle of the Pride Month we continue to select films that stand out for the optics with which they approach the issue of sexual orientation .

Frame from the movie 'Pride'

In these 7 films you can have different perspectives on the fight for LGBTI + rights. / Photo: youtube.com/FilmIsNow

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Leer en español: 7 películas con perspectivas únicas de la comunidad LGBT

Although there are celebrations throughout the month of June, the most important date is June 28, when the Stonewall riots in New York are commemorated that gave rise to the fight by the gay community for their rights. This fact gave rise to various movements in the United States and in the world that are still in force. Therefore, although there are hundreds of films, we have selected seven that address different perspectives of the LGBT community, including activism. This time we have decided to leave Netflix and recommend another type of content. You can also recommend others on our social networks.


Les garçons et Guillaume, à table !, Guillaume Gallienne, 2013

Translated as Me, Myself and Mom, this is a French comedy directed and starring Guillaume Gallienne, winner of two awards at Cannes and five César Awards from the French Film Academy according to Avoir Alire magazine. It is an adaptation of a theatrical show, in this film the life of Guillaume is narrated, a delicate young man with interests that are usually associated with women and with a strange relationship with his mother. Everyone assumes that he is homosexual to the point that he believes it himself, leading him to uncomfortable and comical situations. The film makes a brilliant critique of stereotypes, social conventions, and their relationship to people's identity.

Pride, Matthew Warchus, 2014

The best proof that "union is strength", this film is based on a true story, it tells the story of a British LGBT collective in 1984 during the government of "the Iron Lady". Margaret Thatcher had supported the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1967, but twenty years later, during her government, she was repressive, according to La Izquierda Diario. In 1984 there was a major strike by miners who received support from an LGBT collective through various actions such as fundraising. The film addresses a mining community in Wales that receives direct support and little by little they are leaving behind their prejudices to join forces against the true "enemy".

Moonlight, Barry Jenkins, 2016

Awarded the Oscar for Best Picture, this film addresses homosexuality from the perspective of an African-American man, Chiron, who, in addition to facing prejudice, his mother's contempt and self-acceptance, must also fight poverty, marginalization, racism and the prevailing violence in their environment. The film is an adaptation of a play by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, who based the story on various episodes in his life.

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God's Own Country, Francis Lee, 2017

This British film won a Best Direction Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for its quality, which Espinof compares to Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005). It tells the story of a sheep farmer who must take over the family farm, as support he receives the help of a Romanian migrant who will change his perspective. The film deals with issues such as the harsh conditions of migration within the European Union, racism and the prejudices that still persist in English rural areas.

Milk, Gus Van Sant, 2008

This film is a classic, Sean Penn (21 Grams, The Gunman ) plays the politician and activist Harvey Milk, who in the 1970s was the first gay man to hold a political position in the United States, at least openly. The film follows Milk's political life and his efforts to improve the conditions of homosexuals and respect for their rights, and like many other social fighters, his contribution cost him his life. Milk won two Oscars and a BAFTA, including Best Actor for Sean Penn.

The Danish Girl, Tom Hooper, 2015

This film is based on the life of Lili Elbe, a Danish painter who went down in history for her personal struggle to freely live her sexual orientation with all its implications, as she was the first transgender woman to undergo sex change surgery. Although according to La Izquierda Diario, after at least five surgeries and the medical advances of the time things got complicated, a fact that led to her death. Played by Eddie Redmayne ( Fantastic Beasts, The Theory of Everything ), Elbe managed to have her attempt recorded as an inspiration to others in later decades.

Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho, Daniel Ribeiro, 2014

This Brazilian film based on the short film Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho, by the same director, is the only one that is not based on real events, its importance lies in the perspective it addresses: Leonardo, a blind teenager who discovers his sexuality in an overprotective environment , according to Guia da Semana . Latin America is one of the regions with the greatest prejudices and few laws yet in favor of respect for the rights of the LGBT community and people with disabilities, which is why this film that addresses both issues stands out.