Happy National Coming Out Day!
To honor, celebrate, learn about and uplift our LGBTQ+ community and their stories, we’d like to share with you a list of LGBTQ+ movies and shows you can stream in the comfort of your own homes!
Hopefully someday soon, we can share space and enjoy these movies together. Until then, we hope you enjoy!
Additionally, you are also invited to watch the documentary “Disclosure” this week to celebrate the holiday, which can be streamed on Netflix. On October 9th, we will be hosting a discussion to engage in conversation about this powerful and moving documentary right here – in the comment section of our North Seattle Blog! (Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysbX6JUlaEc&t=18s)
“Disclosure” was executively produced by the one and only Laverne Cox (Three time Emmy nominated actress, and Emmy Award winning film producer, most known for her role in ”Orange is the New Black”), which highlights the representation of trans folx in media and Hollywood. The documentary has received numerous accolades and praise since its premier and presents an authentic and raw look at the experience of trans folx in America.
As we invite you to partake in a post-viewing discussion, keep the prompts below in mind as you watch the movie and share your thoughts in the comments section.
And of course, do not feel pressured to share more than you are comfortable. Our intent is to create a space of learning and understanding with our North Seattle Community and beyond!
Please observe proper netiquette as you participate, as this subject can be very personal and there are real individuals behind the keyboard! This conversation will be monitored by our Student Leadership board to keep the conversation on topic and appropriate.
- What kind of thoughts and feelings does this documentary bring forward for you?
- Did you learn anything new from this documentary? If so, what? Can you apply this new information into your day to day life? How?
- If you could change one thing about LGBTQ+, BIPOC representation in the media, what would it be? What would that look like?
List of LGBTQIA+ Movies, Shows and Stories
Below is a list of movies and shows that you can stream through Netflix, the Seattle Public Library, Hulu, Amazon Prime and other popular streaming sites, or can be borrowed through our very own North Seattle Library. There are some movies with question marks by them, because we were unable to find a streaming site that housed these titles due to them being foreign, or independently produced.
We’ve included trailers of all movies in the links below.
This is a living document, and can be updated as we learn more about where movies can be streamed, or if other movies and shows come to our attention that encompass the many diverse voices and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community! Please feel free to reach out to Nicola.Rigor@seattlecolleges.edu if you have any other titles you would like to add!
Disclosure (2020) – Netflix
Moonlight (2016) – Netflix – TW: drug use, child neglect, bullying, some violence.
Gods Own Country (2017) – TW: sexual scenes, themes of xenophobia
Tangerine (2015) – TW: sexual themes, drug use, violence
Milk (2008) – Netflix
Pariah (2011) – TW: There is a scene of DV centered around homophobia
The Birdcage (1996) – Netflix
Ma Vie En Rose (1997) – Foreign Film: Belgian, French
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) – Hulu – Foregin Film: French
Paris is Burning (1990) – Amazon Prime
Girl (2018) – Netflix – TW: Sexual violence, self harm. There is an in depth disclaimer at the beginning of the film on Netflix on what triggering scenes to expect.
Mosquita y Mari (2012)
Lingua Franca (2020) – Netflix
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) – Netflix
Euphoria (HBO) – TW: heavy drug use, some violence and graphic sexual content.
5 thoughts on “Movie & Kiki – National Coming Out Day”
I watched Disclosure and was very moved by the message and what I learned about the trans experience in America. As it feels with so many other minority communities clamoring for equity and respect in this country, we have some so far and have a long way to go.
The emotions and stories shared by each individual interviewed was so raw and real and multifaceted, I empathized with the pain and the struggle of Hollywood showing such a monochrome representation – many of those representations being harmful and triggering ones. As a queer, femme Filipina, and never seeing dynamic representations of myself in film – I could really feel the frustration, the anger, the pain and the determination to fight for better.
I have a friend who is trans – he was honestly the very first trans person that I met and had a close relationship with that disclosed they were trans. I learned through this movie how many things I said or asked, especially in the early stages of getting to know one another, that were harmful, invasive and very misinformed. He took it all with grace and never let it show that it bothered him, and now I know how problematic those questions and situations were on him. It broke my heart coming to this realization. AND it encouraged me to be a more mindful human being in facing that reality.
Through experiencing this film, and my relationship with my friend, I will continue to pivot as new information presents itself.
Disclosure was a great documentary and informative in a way that wasn’t preachy. I don’t identify as Trans but there were a number of aspects of the movie that resonated with my experiences. Good pick!
Being made aware of the fact that the majority of people “learn” about individuals who are transgender from the media, was significant for me to know and understand. The whole idea, story and characteristics portrayed throughout history is so disheartening, but typical. Creating a dynamic of “them” versus “us” and a false narrative to make some feel more powerful is unfortunately what the dominant class thrives on.
I thought it was quite powerful to plainly see, on the screen, how transgender individuals have been historically portrayed through media. I hope to see more and more authentic representations of transgender individuals.
So thankful to all who worked to compile and share all of the information posted on the Student Leadership sites to celebrate National Coming Out Day. Truly, those who bravely share their story, insisting that ALL people have a right to live without fear of just being themselves, and proud of it, should always be celebrated!