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June is Pride Month, and while a return to in-person festivities is an exciting way to celebrate, sometimes a more low-key celebration is the way to go — especially since there's never a bad time to curl up on the couch with a movie and a bowl of popcorn.
LGBTQ+ representation in movies and on shows has come a long way in recent years, as mainstream media is finally moving beyond including queer individuals as tokenizing tropes. There are now fully realized roles that don't just focus on queer trauma, but also explore genres like romance, comedy and adventure.
From "Schitt's Creek" — a Canadian made series that scored both international and Canadian recognition to Deepa Mehta's "Funny Boy," to Amazon Prime Video's first scripted series "The Lake," there are several titles to choose from if you're looking to indulge in an LGBTQ-friendly movie night at home.
We also highly recommend the Oscar-nominated film "Flee," which earned three nods including Best International Feature Film.
Ahead, we've gathered 14 of the best LGBTQ+ movies and TV shows available to stream on Netflix, Crave, Amazon Prime Video, CBC Gem and Disney+.
Best LGBTQ+ movies and shows to stream on Netflix
Teens Charlie and Nick (Joe Locke, Kit Connor) discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series.
The first season of "Feel Good" premiered in March 2020 to widespread praise and a perfect 100% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Comedian Mae Martin co-created and stars in this witty, touching series that draws on her own life experiences. In season two, Mae and George’s complicated love story continues as Mae struggles to come to terms with the ghosts from her past and George tries to reinvent her present.
This coming-of-age dramedy is written and directed by Alice Wu. When smart but cash-strapped teen Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) agrees to write a love letter for a jock, she doesn't expect to become his friend — or fall for his crush.
In this documentary, leading trans creatives and thinkers, including Laverne Cox, filmmaker Lilly Wachowski, and Chaz Bono share their heartfelt perspectives and analysis about Hollywood's impact on the trans community.
This film follows high school senior Alex Truelove, who plans to lose his virginity to lovable girlfriend Claire, but things go awry when he meets the equally lovable Elliot.
Created by Ryan Murphy, this series follows the events at a birthday party in 1968 New York when a surprise guest and a drunken game leave seven friends reckoning with unspoken feelings and buried truths. Starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer.
Best LGBTQ+ movies and shows to stream on Amazon Prime Video
Justin returns from living abroad after a breakup with his long-term partner, in the hope of reconnecting with the biological daughter that he gave up for adoption in his teens. The series stars Jordan Gavaris, Julia Stiles and Madison Shamoun. Streams June 17
Recounted mostly through animation to protect his identity, Amin opens up about his past as a child refugee from Afghanistan. He looks back on his life as he grapples with a secret he's kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he's built for himself and his future husband.
This dark comedy follows a shady legal guardian Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), who lands in hot water when she tries to swindle a woman with ties to a powerful gangster. She not only risks her life, but that of her partner (Eiza Gonzalez) as well.
Best LGBTQ+ movies and shows to stream on CBC Gem
Based on the novel by Shyam Selvadurai and set in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 80s, Deepa Mehta's "Funny Boy" explores the sexual awakening of a boy named Arjie set against the backdrop of the civil war. For this film, Mehta won the Best Director award at the Canadian Screen Awards.
This multi award-winning series is also a must-watch. When the filthy-rich Roses suddenly find themselves broke, they're forced to rebuild their empire within their only remaining asset — Schitt's Creek.
Best LGBTQ+ movies and shows to stream on Crave
This series follows 12 Canadian drag artists as they compete for the title of “Canada’s Next Drag Superstar.” Each episode tests their talents and challenges them to master singing, dancing, acting, impersonation, costume making, and improvisation.
Best titles to stream on Disney+
A pair of best friends (Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang) set out to have a legendary week-long summer vacation with the help of cheap rosé and a group of eclectic friends in this unapologetic, modern-day rom-com inspired by Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice.
Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) keeps his sexual orientation a secret from his family. However, when a blackmailer threatens to reveal it, he goes on an adventure as he comes to terms with his identity.