LGBT movies you cannot miss this fall

Step out of the cold and into the warmth of a good gay movie.

Arts Arts and Culture Koelen Andrews

This article was published on October 21st, 2019

Autumn is here. It’s time to head indoors, where it’s warm, to the movies, to catch the latest and greatest in gay cinema. Fall films are full of queerness this season. Here are the LGBT movies you cannot miss this fall.

Pain and Glory. Spain’s official Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language film sees Antonio Banderas play gay director Salvador Mallo, a semi-autobiographical nod toward real life director Pedro Almodóvar. Mallo deals with the loss of his male lover and battles with his own demons, including heroin addiction, and the performance already has Oscar buzz for Banderas.

The Shiny Shrimps. France’s answer to Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Shiny Shrimps is about a homophobic swimming champion forced to train a gay waterpolo team who are en route to the Gay Games. 

Straight Up. The world of gayting in Los Angeles is exposed in this tale that chronicles the lives of some Generation Z-ers in the City of Angels. Expect hilarious one-liners, as the library is open for business throughout the script of Straight Up.

Changing the Game. This documentary highlights the lives of three high school athletes, who happen to be out transgender. They find themselves thrust into the spotlight as America debates the civil rights of trans people.

Seahorse. We all remember the “man who gave birth”, but this documentary shows exactly what trans man Freddy McCall had to go through. Hoops, bureaucracy, and all.

End of the Century. When two men meet on Grindr, a whirlwind romance follows, though the two can’t quite shake that there is something familiar about their encounter. Argentina delivers a gorgeous film with a very sexy cast full of Latin hotties.

Circus of Books. You can’t be queer in LA and not have heard of Circus of Books: the 30+ year porn/adult shop that ran prominent business fronts in West Hollywood and Silverlake. The twist is, the straight couple that owned the shops hid their business from their friends and family! It’s a fascinating documentary. 

José. A major contender during the latter part of 2018 at film festivals that beat out films like “The Favorite”, José shows the difficult position queer people are in, living in conservative and often war-town Guatemala.

Holy Trinity. Who doesn’t want to see a movie about a dominatrix who sniffs a magic can of hairspray and can then talk to dead people? Lots of queer references and plenty of homosexuality abound in this coming-of-age comedy.

What queer movies are you watching this fall? Do you have a LGBT flick to recommend? Leave your suggestions in the comments below. 

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