Five Films That Rally For Queer Love and Rights!

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While Pride Month is officially over, our hearts and minds continue to fight for gay rights! 

If you are looking for films that will inspire you to move and groove for the acceptance and recognition of the LGBTQIA+ community, you’ve come to the right place! 

We’re rounding up our Top 5 Queer Political Films picks that you need to see to spark your own political activism! 

 

‘Milk’ (2008)

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An autobiographical film on the life of Harvey Milk,  ‘Milk’ (2008) narrates the life and death of the gay rights activist and politician who became the first openly gay man elected to California’s office. The Oscar Award-winning film depicts Milk’s vital role in the rejection of Proposition 6 which sought to ban gays, lesbians, and allies from working in public schools in California. 

 

‘Pride’ (2014)

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Pride (2014) is a heartwarming film based on the real experiences of a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families during the British miners’ strike in 1984 despite facing opposition from the mining community as they did not want to associate with the gay community. Furthermore, the members of the activist group reconcile internal turmoil regarding the mistreatment they’ve experienced from the miners in the past. 

 

‘Moonlight’ (2016)

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Although some might know ‘Moonlight’ (2016) as the film that was the rightful winner during the 2016 Academy Awards (no shade to La La Land!), the film is widely acclaimed for its sincere and gutting depiction of the reality faced by queer black kids. It also tackles the intersection of black identity with queerness. Further, it does not shy away from the horrors of drug addiction that kills lives and destroys families. 

‘China PK Queen’ (2021)

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Going all the way to Asia, ‘China PK Queen’ illustrates the lived realities of drag queens in conservative nations such as China. The film follows Jessica, a talented Drag Queen, as he lives his dream of performing albeit in front of his phone for a virtual live audience. ‘China PK Queen’ perfectly shows the ostracization of queer performers and how they seek opportunities to shine in secret, still. 

By the way, ‘China PK Queen’ is available on GagaOOLala! FOR FREE!  *wink* *wink*

 

‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ (2023)

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History, huh?

 

Who will even dare to forget the worldwide sensation that is ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’? The film tells the fictional story of the secret relationship between the First Son of the United States and the Prince of England.  While the film is bursting at the seams with swoon-worthy scenes shared between the actors, it never deviates from its goal: to show the world what could be and what is possible— that is, a more loving society that accepts everyone who is made with and fights for love whatever form it takes.

Share your favorite queer political films with us! 

 

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