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CULTURE ARTICLE

7 LGBT Films To Stream This Weekend

With this weekend's theatrical release of 'Pride' and 'Lilting,' here are our favorite LGBT movies currently streaming.

Opening this weekend are Pride and Lilting, which are both about gay and lesbian relationships in the UK - but couldn't be more different. Pride, starring Bill Nighy, is an inspirational comedy about a queer community joining forces with the local mining village to campaign for the worker's rights. Conversely, Lilting is a melancholy cinematic piece starring Ben Whishaw as a young man struggling to communicate with his departed boyfriend's Chinese mother. Whether you're in the mood to laugh or cry, to stay in with Netflix or go to the movies, there's definitely something for you to watch this weekend. Here are our favorite movies with LGBT themes currently streaming:

Philadelphia
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Watch on Netflix

Notable for being one of Hollywood's early efforts to address homophobia and the AIDS epidemic, Philadelphia is inspired by the true story of Geoffrey Bowers, an attorney who filed a wrongful termination suit against his employers. Tom Hanks is Andrew Beckett, who, with the help of Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) labors through his AIDS diagnosis to prove his case.

Paris is Burning
Directed by Jennie Livingston
Watch on Netflix

The movie that taught us all what it means to throw shade, Paris is Burning's look at the drag ball scene in Harlem reveals a subculture of performing arts in this working class queer community. Produced in the midst of the worst of the AIDS crisis, Paris is Burning remains one of the most relevant and influential LGBT documentaries. 

Call me Kuchu
Directed by Kimberly Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright
Watch on Netflix

A documentary about gay and lesbian communities in Uganda and their culturally specific battle for recognition, Call Me Kuchu investigates the nation's problem with homophobia. The film features stories from both the LGBT community and its dissidents but pays special attention to the 2011 assassination of Ugandan activist David Kato.

Boys Don't Cry
Directed by Kimberly Peirce
Watch on Netflix

In the breakout role that earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress, Hilary Swank is Brandon Teena, the female-to-male transgendered man who suffers through a life of emotional and physical abuse. Chloë Sevigny's role as Brandon's love interest is equally as evocative as Swank's performance, scoring the drama with intense emotion. 

Keep the Lights On
Directed by Ira Sachs
Watch on Netflix

A TFF 2012 feature, Keep the Lights On is a dark love story about a rocky relationship between two men living in New York at the turn of the millenium. The couple traverse jealousy, drug abuse, sex work, and HIV testing. The film comes from Ira Sachs, whose 2014 film Love is Strange opened at TFF 2014. 

A Single Man
Directed by Tom Ford
Watch on Netflix

Designer Tom Ford's directorial debut stars Colin Firth as George Falconer, a depressed university professor who is suffering through the death of his partner, Jim (Matthew Goode.) The story takes place over the duration of a single day in which Falconer struggles with the decision to kill himself. Based on Christopher Isherwood's novel, A Single Man earned an Academy Award nomination for Firth's performance.

Weekend
Directed by Andrew Haigh
Watch on Netflix

Despite being a UK production, Weekend saw its world premiere stateside at SXSW in 2011. The film features a young man named Glen, who has trouble with commitment, who meets Russell, a gay man who is still closeted. The pair debates the lasting potential of a weekend hook-up, inevitably running into trouble as they slowly reveal all of their baggage. 

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