It is the month of June which means it is once again Pride Month. Pride Month consists of celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and groups across the world. Here are four movies that have taken bold steps to raise awareness and acceptance for the LGBTQ community and have worked to make an impact on society's understanding of LGBTQ today.
“Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
It is extremely likely that you have heard of the film “Brokeback Mountain,” even if you have never seen it. If you haven’t seen it, it is time for that to change. Although it was not made with the same cinematic mastery as films today are, “Brokeback Mountain” was one of the first films that explored homosexuality to make it big. The film tells the love story of two cowboys who are played by the well-known actors Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger. It is a tear-jerking story unlike any other and the iconic drama found itself nominated and winning many awards, including a Golden Globe and Academy Award.
“The Kids Are All Right” (2010)
“The Kids Are All Right” is a more recent film that focused on homosexuality while featuring an extremely well-known cast. Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo and Josh Hutcherson all starred in this film that explored what a family looked like when it had two moms. For me, this movie showcased how normal and modern having lesbian parents is, the main characters had been together for twenty years and had two children which were conceived with artificial insemination with the help of a sperm bank. While this family had their ups and downs, every family does. This family was really no different. This comedy was nominated for an Academy Award, and won itself Golden Globe.
The critically acclaimed 2016 drama, “Moonlight,” is intensely emotional and a must watch. “Moonlight” teaches its audience what it is like to be black, poor and gay growing up in Miami and is an honest reflection of what it is like to struggle with your identity in America if you aren’t a straight white man. “Moonlight” showcases the importance of an accepting and loving community that builds up LGBTQ youth and adults, rather than suppressing and shunning them. This film won three Academy Awards and a Golden Globe, along with many other awards.
“Love, Simon” (2018)
“Love, Simon” is unlike the rest in that it targets a much younger audience and tells the story of a homosexual youth in a much lighter way, one that is extremely child-friendly. The main character is a 17-year-old high school student that struggled with his identity and was forced to face his friends after being blackmailed and exposed for being gay. This movie is a teenage rom-com with a lovable main character that tells a truly heartwarming story and gave me butterflies in the theater. “Love, Simon” is a must-see for any teenager or young adult as it exposes the difficulties of coming out to one's family and community in a light and family friendly way.
Timber Mabes is a culture reporter with the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @timbermabes.