February marked the start of LGBTQ+ History Month, which is a month long celebration of the history of the beautiful and diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. It is a time to celebrate and reflect on the importance of civil rights movements in progressing gay rights, and over the years has evolved into a national collaborative effort to bring extraordinary figures from the LGBTQ+ community into the spotlight.
The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Behind the Lens’, and takes the opportunity to celebrate LGBTQ+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens. At a time when LGBTQ+ lives are in the media, I would encourage you to look ‘Behind the Lens’ and listen to LGBTQ+ peoples’ lived experiences.
In light of this years theme, We thought it might be nice to take this opportunity to share within the team some of the best LGBTQ+/Queer creators, writers, films, TV series and documentaries that we’ve come across!
TV: Feel Good - Created by and starring Mae Martin, Feel Good is a semi-autobiographical comedy series that follows a recovering addict and comedian Mae, as she falls in love with her new girlfriend, George (Charlotte Ritchie). Delving into the confusion and world of modern-day dating, the show explores the pressures of the modern landscape of gender and sexuality. (Free on All 4)
TV: It's a Sin -Drama from Russell T Davies about five friends. With their lives tested as they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they're determined to live and love more fiercely than ever. Set between 1981-1991.
TV: POSE - In the New York of the late '80s and early '90s, this is a story of ball culture and the gay and trans community, the raging AIDS crisis, and capitalism.
Film: Everybody's Talking About Jamie - Feature film adaptation of the musical about a teenager from Sheffield, England who wants to be a drag queen. (Amazon Prime)
Film: Flee - the story of Amin Nawabi who grappled with a painful secret that he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. (Available on Disney +)
Film: PRIDE Pride is a 2014 British historical comedy-drama film, based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners' strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.
Documentary: Strike a Pose - In 1990, seven young male dancers - 6 gay, 1 straight - joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.
You voice matters. You matter.