For the entire June, members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community will be celebrating Pride Month. The month-long celebration started from the 1969 Stonewall Riots which saw a series of demonstrations from members of the gay community in America, after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York.
Today, 52 years since that fight back, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and other members of the LGBTQIA+ community are proudly expressing their true selves. But as we all know, the journey to coming out and being free isn’t all rainbows and sunshine for these individuals. (Read: Confused On What Is The SOGIE Bill And Why Is It Important? Let These Shows Educate You)
So in honor of Pride Month, we’re listing some coming-of-age movies about teenagers and adolescents who journey into discovering their true self and telling it to their loved ones, and then to the world.
Pride Month Must-Watch: The Half Of It
At first glance, The Half of It wouldn’t seem like a movie about pride or homosexuality. But as you watch it, you’ll be able to see that the protagonist, Ellie, is actually questioning her sexuality and is well on her way to self-discovery. Ellie also tries to see who she actually is and makes a move on the girl she has been secretly liking for a while.
Watch it on Netflix.
Pride Month Must-Watch: Love, Simon
The 2018 book-to-movie adaptation Love, Simon touches on a struggle that many LGBTQIA+ kids know too well. Simon, the protagonist, has been keeping his sexuality a secret from his family ever since he knew he wasn’t heterosexual— but a blackmailer discovers this and threatens to expose him to everyone in his life. That’s when he goes on a rollercoaster journey into self-discovery to come to terms with his true identity.
Watch it on Netflix.
Pride Month Must-Watch: Alex Strangelove
Alex Strangelove has been in a healthy relationship with his girlfriend for a long time. They are what others call “relationship goals,” as the pair went from friends to lovers— and long-time lovers at that! But a major obstacle comes their way when Alex meets a charming young man that makes him question his identity and sexuality. It starts his self-discovery and identity journey, which is a challenge for many LGBTQIA+ kids nowadays.
Fun fact: Exactly three years ago today, Alex Strangelove was released on Netflix! Watch it here.