In recent years, Disney Plus has made significant strides in diversifying its content library, especially in the realm of LGBTQIA+ representation. While the platform’s initial offerings left much to be desired, the current landscape is a far cry from those days when even the most tangential references to queerness were grasped at eagerly.
Boys Don’t Cry (1999) Hilary Swank’s Academy Award-winning portrayal of the real-life tragedy of Brandon Teena is a powerful exploration of transgender identity and the violence faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. Despite casting controversies, the film delves deep into social class and the culture of the American Midwest.
Crush (2022) In this 2022 rom-com, Rowan Blanchard stars as Paige, a high schooler navigating unrequited feelings for a popular girl. The film explores themes of identity and creativity while embracing LGBTQIA+ narratives.
Disobedience (2018) Sebastián Lelio’s drama features Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams as star-crossed lovers in an Orthodox Jewish community. It’s a modern queer classic, celebrated for its direction and the electrifying chemistry between its leads.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) Jessica Chastain’s performance as LGBTQIA+ activist Tammy Faye Bakker garnered critical acclaim in this biographical drama. The film offers an intimate look at Tammy’s life, career, and marriage in the world of televangelism.
Fire Island (2022) “Fire Island” has quickly become an instant queer classic, celebrating LGBTQIA+ culture and relationships. It explores issues such as body image, wealth, and race while emphasizing the joy of being queer.
Handsome Devil (2017) Set in an all-boys boarding school, this Irish comedy-drama tackles homophobia and toxic masculinity. It follows the friendship between Ned and Conor as they navigate their sexuality and societal pressures.
Jennifer’s Body (2008) Although not explicitly a queer narrative, “Jennifer’s Body” has found a cult following among queer women. Megan Fox’s character shares a kiss with her best friend Needy, hinting at a different kind of relationship dynamic.
Love, Simon (2018) “Love, Simon” made history as the first major studio rom-com with two gay lead characters. It’s a heartwarming coming-of-age story that resonated with LGBTQIA+ audiences and proved that queer stories can be commercially successful.
Pride (2014) This feel-good film is based on true events and showcases the alliance between LGBTQIA+ activists and striking British miners in the 1980s. It’s a must-watch for those interested in queer British history.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) A camp classic that has endured for decades, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” celebrates sexual liberation, androgyny, and pansexuality. Dr. Frank N. Furter’s iconic character continues to resonate with the LGBTQIA+ community.
As Disney Plus expands its LGBTQIA+ film offerings, it reflects the growing importance of diverse and inclusive content in the world of streaming entertainment. These films not only provide representation but also offer compelling storytelling and performances that resonate with audiences around the world.