Favorite Streamable LGBT Films/TV
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A Very English Scandal. If you love British TV … and I do … you will know all of these actors, including the redoubtable Hugh Grant as British MP Jeremy Thorpe. He rose all the way up to lead the Liberal party in the UK in the 60’s and 70’s. Then it all went to hell when he was discovered as not only gay, but plotting to murder his former lover. This is as juicy as it gets, with Downton Abbey quality direction, sets, costumes, scripts — and acting! Fabulous! (And a very good reminder about how far the world has come in 60 years …)
Last Tango in Halifax. Speaking of British TV, this series is simply a must see — and take it from the beginning of Season One. Two complicated families come together when the matriarch of one family marries the patriarch of the other, and cross class boundaries in the process. It’s funny wise, humane, gripping … everything you want from good, bingeable TV. There is, if you wait for it, a lesbian love story in Season 3, and it’s just lovely. And heartbreaking. There … you’ve been warned.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? The lesbian love story in this movie is a minor part of it, but who cares? The plot is just brilliant — concerning the real life rise and fall of Lee Israel (played by the excellent Melissa McCarthy), a successful biographer who hit hard times and began forging letters from Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Dorothy Parker and friends. A deep dive into the gay ‘underworld’ of New York in the AIDS-ravaged 90’s.
Bohemian Rhapsody. Okay, I know. Not everyone is a Queen fan. But don’t see it for that … See this because it’s a stunning piece of rock history that also brilliantly chronicles the devastation of the AIDS epidemic, and its impact in our times. Rami Malek is off the hook great as super Queen Freddie Mercury. And the intimate story told of the band is believable, and intense.
McQueen. I’m a visual person so I really loved this portrait of late fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen. His rise from the middle of nowhere to the toast of the international fashion scene as chief designer for Givenchy — which had everything to do with his talent — is a great trip.