The Best Mainstream LGBT Movies: Top 5

best mainstream lgbtq+ filmsPride month comes to an end on June 30th here in the UK. It’s been a great opportunity to highlight the progress the country has made over the last few decades in recognising the rights of those in the LGBT community, though there is still a way to go.

Emily White shared with us her picks for the best alternative LGBT films of the last decade, and as a farewell to Pride month, I’ve picked out the five best mainstream LGBT movies ever made. In the interests of clarity, mainstream in this list is determined by box-office success, a wide theatrical release and by having well-known and recognised stars in a pivotal role within the movie.

Any of those three criteria can be met for a film to be featured in this list. So without further ado, shall we begin? Here are our picks for the five best mainstream LGBT movies ever made. Continue reading

Love, Simon review “One of the most important films in a generation”

Love, Simon theatrical posterI don’t think anyone will have any qualms in me saying that the LGBT community is one of the most vastly underrepresented parts of society when it comes to mainstream Hollywood movies.

Sure, we’ve had indie hits like Call Me by Your Name and Moonlight that have also performed well at the Oscars, but the closest we’ve ever gotten to a mass-market crowd pleaser has been Ang Lee’s 2005 flick Brokeback Mountain and if we’re being honest, that wasn’t marketed in a way that made it particularly mainstream.

Aiming to change all that is Love, Simon. Based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon is the first truly mainstream rom-com that features a lead gay character. But is the film a beacon of hope for a massively underrepresented LGBT community or a movie that daren’t go too far? Continue reading