3 LGBTQ+ Movies to Watch This Pride Month

Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant in
Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant in "Portrait of a Lady on Fire"

It’s pride month! If you’re a part of the LGBTQ+ community—or just a really good ally—you’re probably looking forward to a month filled with celebration, fun, and freedom. Naturally, partying and watching or marching in a pride parade are obvious choices for ways to celebrate this June, but if you’re also looking for something else to do that doesn’t involve sweating, here are three movies we recommend checking out.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

This period piece about a woman hired to paint the portrait of an engaged aristocrat who she inevitably falls in love with is lesbian film perfection. With plenty of big dresses, longing gazes, and burning attraction, its tension will hook you.

Paris is Burning

Chances are that if you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community, the catchphrases you’re using originate from the New York ballroom scene of the 1980s. If you haven’t already seen this movie, check it out and find out some history.

But I’m a Cheerleader

If you want to go for a comedy instead of something serious, But I’m a Cheerleader is a classic of the genre, taking place in a gay conversion camp and starring Natasha Lyonne.