We’ve whittled down the very best Disney Plus, Netflix and Amazon Prime has to offer in celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community this June
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June is Pride Month, an all-encompassing celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community – and your favourite streaming services have lined up a great range of titles for you to enjoy over the coming weeks in its honour.
Pride is a celebration of people uniting in friendship and love, to show how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and how in some places there’s still work to be done.
To mark this occasion, Netflix, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime have compiled a wealth of content – and we’ve rounded up a few highlights of their very best movies, documentaries and TV shows, just for you.
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Amazon Show Me More Pride
The streaming giant devotes a sizeable library on Amazon Prime to honour different aspects of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Here are just three of our top picks:
Call Me By Your Name
This charming coming-of-age romantic drama set in a small Italian seaside town follows 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Dune’s Timothée Chalamet) as he spends a summer with student and wannabe doctor Oliver (Armie Hammer). What begins as a tightly-knit friendship transforms into a life-changing romance for the teenager in this likeable film from 2017.
This Is Me
Now a magnificent seven years old, but still as glorious as ever, This Is Me was released in response to successful Amazon original comedy series Transparent.
This Is Me is a stirring collection of short (around five minute) documentaries from five trans and gender-non-conforming filmmakers, with each one sharing a heartfelt personal journey through its unique message.
Work In Progress
This comedy-drama series from 2019 follows the trials and tribulations of Abby (Abby McEnany) who describes herself as a “fat, queer, dyke”. Work In Progress details her navigating a new relationship while battling the twin demons of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Consisting of three sections – Movies and Shorts, Pride Episodes and Series – the Disney+ Pride collection covers a wealth of topics centred on the LGBTQIA+ community.
It has a bit of everything from the magnificently understated Marvel movie Eternals through to more populist shows such as Glee.
Here’s three of our favourites:
Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric
This enlightening documentary from National Geographic sees TV news personality Katie Couric embark on a fascinating journey to interview everyone, from everyday people to leading experts and activists, in an effort to shed light on gender identity.
Better Nate Than Ever
Released earlier this year, Better Nate Than Ever follows Nate Fosters’ (Rubey Wood) quest to become a Broadway star after being snubbed in his school play. There’s far more to this musical comedy than meets the eye, with Nate discovering more about himself than he ever dreamed possible
The Little Prince(ss)
A short film about a young Chinese boy’s blossoming friendship with a classmate.
Their sweet bond is put under unnecessary strain after the friend’s father refuses to accept the boy’s feminine behaviour. A thought-provoking drama that’s well worth a watch.
Netflix Shine With Pride
This month sees Netflix present its Shine with Pride collection, highlighting some of the best shows, movies, and specials the platform has to offer.
Here’s three of the best:
The Netflix original series, Sex Education , zeroes in on Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield), the shy teenage son of a sex therapist (X-Files’ Gillian Anderson) who uses his mum’s work and findings to open a sex therapy clinic at his high school. An eye-opening series!
Netflix ‘s mega-hit Heartstopper has had viewers and critics swooning over its tender portrayal of a young gay romance.
Refreshingly sweet and shot with a real warmth and relatable realism, it’s no wonder the show has captured our imaginations – and hearts. With a dynamic script brought so ably to life by Heartstopper’s two exciting, fresh-faced leads in Joe Locke (who plays Charlie Spring) and Kit Connor (Nick Nelson), the series has all the right ingredients to run and run.
Ex-leaders and a survivor of the so-called ‘conversion therapy’ movement speak out about its harm to the LGBTQ+ community and its devastating persistence. The documentary follows five evangelicals in the 1970s as they break away and form Exodus International. A taut, gripping drama.