Youth Friendly LGBTQ Movie List

The following is a list of youth friendly (ages 14-24) LGBTQ documentaries and movies.  Click on the titles to watch the trailers via youtube!

Documentaries

8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)

“A scorching indictment of the Mormon Church’s historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California’s Proposition 8 and the Mormon religion’s secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights.” –IMDB

Becoming Chaz (2011)

“Documentary following Chaz (formerly Chastity) Bono’s transition from F to M.  Includes interviews with family members and friends as the transition is followed.” –IMDB

The Brandon Teena Story (1998) 

Real life account of Brandon Teena, a young transgender man who was murdered in Nebraska.

Courage in the Face of Hate (2012)

“Courage in the Face of Hate” is the first Canadian documentary to focus on the human impact of hate crimes, violence and bullying against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Canadians. Despite Canada being one of the first countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, LGBT people still face many hurdles in the march towards full equality. This documentary shows the perspectives of LGBT people from across the country and their experiences in dealing with homophobia, biphobia and transphobia at school, at work, in their families and in their communities.” –EGALE

Fish Out Of Water (2009)

“Fish out of Water tackles the seven Bible verses used to condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination. This feature documentary uses humor and original animation to make a traditionally complex and controversial topic accessible to those who don’t like talking about religion and sexuality.” –IMDB

My Prairie Home (2014)

In Chelsea McMullan’s documentary-musical, My Prairie Home, indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, Spoon sweetly croons us through their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician.

Paris is Burning (1990)

“A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.” –IMDB

Straightlaced: How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up (2009)

“A powerful documentary about the lives of teens and young adults as seen through the gender lens. Approaching society’s ideas and ideals of gender through clothes, sexuality, sports, dance, safety, consumerism and emotion, the film addresses the complexities of conceptions of masculinity and femininity for Generation Z.” –Outfest

This Is What Love In Action Looks Like (2011)

In the summer of 2005 a 16 year old Memphis, TN wrote on his MySpace blog about his parents sending him to a “Fundamentalist Christian” program that strives to turn gay teens straight. This documentary follows the inspirational story of this teens local community standing up for their friend with daily protests at the facility in what would become an international news story. The documentary features several former clients of the organization who tell their personal stories about the time they spent within the programs walls.

Times of Harvey Milk, The (1984)

A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco’s first elected gay councilor.

 Movies

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994)

“Two drag queens and a transsexual get a cabaret gig in the middle of the desert.” –IMDB

Angels in America (2003 Mini series)

“Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.”

The Birdcage (1996)

“A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée’s right-wing moralistic parents.” –IMDB

Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

“Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who’ve never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he’s one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana. However, he’s forgotten to mention one important detail. It’s not that he’s wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon’s life is ripped apart.” –IMDB

But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

“A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.” –IMDB

Curiosity of Chance (2006)

“An already ‘out’ and eccentric teenager recruits a bizarre circle of friends made up of two oddball outcasts, a straight jock he’s crushing on and a drag queen, to help him bring down the homophobic bully threatening his would-be peaceful, high-school existence.” –IMDB

Geography Club (2013)

At Goodkind High School, a group of students of varying sexual orientation form an after-school club as a discreet way to share their feelings and experiences.

If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000)

Trio of stories about lesbian couples in three different decades.

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

“Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their father into their family life.” –IMDB

Kinky Boots (2005)

“A drag queen comes to the rescue of a man who, after inheriting his father’s shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat.” –IMDB

The Laramie Project (2002)

“The true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard.” –IMDB

The Matthew Shepard Story (2002)

“Based on the true story of openly gay college student Matthew Shepard, killed in an act of senseless violence and cruelty, that attracted national attention.” –IMDB

Milk (2008)

“The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.” –IMDB

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

“An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.” –IMDB

Philadelphia (1993)

“When a man with AIDS is fired by a conservative law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.” –IMDB

Prayers for Bobby (2009)

“True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.” –IMDB

Rent (2005)

“This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.” –IMDB

Saved (2004)

“When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her.” –IMDB

 She’s the Man (2006)

“When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer teammates. Little does she realize she’s not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs.”

Too Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.

Transamerica (2005)

“A pre-operative male-to-female transsexual takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.” –IMDB

Were the World Mine (2008)

“A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself.” –IMDB