5 movies to watch that bring focus to LGBTQ+ rights

‘Moonlight,’ by Barry Jenkins, won Academy Awards for Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Performance by Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. © All rights reserved

Whether it’s won an Oscar like “Moonlight” by Barry Jenkins or the Cannes top prize of the Palme d’Or — awarded exceptionally to the director and two actresses of “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” garnered the public’s adulation in the case of “Call Me by Your Name;” or has, like “Love, Simon,” helped bring awareness of LGBTQ+ issues to young viewers or focus attention on the effects of conversion therapy like “Boy Erased,” these five films have all made a mark on the history of film and participated in their own way in the quest for LGBTQ+ rights.

1. Moonlight

From childhood to adulthood, young Chiron fights to make a life for himself despite his complicated background and family troubles.

In Miami, the young African American finds shelter with Teresa and Juan, a drug dealer with a big heart.

Bullied by the other children his age, Chiron soon meets Kevin, an encounter that will have a profound effect on his life.

By Barry Jenkins
With Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe
Released in 2017

2. Call Me by Your Name

It’s the summer of 1983 and love is in the air at the family villa in Italy. Between 17-year-old Elio and Oliver, an American seven years his senior, a love story slowly takes shape amidst discussions about art.

Despite their contrasting feelings and divergent paths, the two men’s relationship has a lifelong effect on each of them.

By Luca Guadagnino
With Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer
Released in 2017

3. Blue Is the Warmest Color

Convinced that true love is all about meeting the perfect boy, Adèle has a life-changing experience when she exchanges looks with Emma.

The young blue-haired woman shakes up the existence of the 17-year-old who discovers new and surprising feelings in herself.

It’s love at first sight and it’s an electrifying passion that burns throughout the years.

By Abdellatif Kechiche
With Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
Released in 2013

4. Love, Simon

Simon is an ordinary Atlanta high-schooler with three best friends. When another student at his high school reveals his homosexuality anonymously, Simon secretly confides his own homosexuality to him.

And so begins a liberating friendship of exchanging messages, which takes a turn when their conversations are revealed to the entire high school, forcing Simon to come out publicly.

By Greg Berlanti
With Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner
Released in 2018

5. Boy Erased

At the age of 19 Jared tells his parents, and particularly his father, who is a pastor, that he’s gay.

In a bid to try to maintain his relationship with his family, the young man finds himself having to follow conversion therapy sessions, intended to make him heterosexual.

Friendless but with the support of his mother, Jared comes to the realisation that he must resist the pseudo therapy to truly know who he is and accept himself.

By Joel Edgerton
With Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Lucas Hedges
Released in 2018