Everything seems to indicate that sexual diversity is no longer a taboo in film productions. A study carried out in Chile by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) determined that 84% of LGBTQ + respondents feel that series and movies more accurately reflect to the community today than two years ago.
Thus, they conclude that series like Sex Education, Elite or characters like Casey of Atypical and Robin of Stranger Things (all from Netflix), helped the audience to increase their understanding and improve their own interpersonal relationships with people from the LGBTI + community.
Considering this is that the Todo Mejora Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting “ niñxs, adolescents and young people who live experiences of violence based on their sexual orientation, identity or gender expression (sic) ”, decided to show ten inspiring films with LGBTI + themes that can be found on Netflix.
Rocío Faúndez, social director of the organization, explained that “series, films, the truthful representation of diversity in the media, can make a big difference to gradually change the environment towards a safer and more friendly one.”
“It is very important that this visibility exists so that, among other things, they can say ‘look, this character is LGBTQ and has a happy and full life; maybe I can wish that for myself. Maybe I can talk with my family from such a series, ‘”he added.
The list is made up of well-known productions – and others not so much – that address different aspects of sexual diversity. You can see it below:
1. A Secret Love
A secret love tells the incredible love story of Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, a relationship that has spanned nearly seven decades. Terry played in the women’s professional baseball league and inspired the hit movie “A Very Special Team.”
But what was not told there was the true story of the women who remained in the closet almost all their lives. This documentary accompanies Terry and Pat From the day they met, he closely follows their professional lives in Chicago, the moment they reveal the relationship to their conservative families and the struggle they go through to decide whether or not to marry.
Faced with prejudice and the challenges of destiny, such as aging and illness, his love remains as strong as that first day.
2. All In My Family
All in My Family is a documentary short film that follows a traditional family where the son is a Chinese gay man who has chosen to have children through surrogates.
3. Cheerleaders in Action
Winners of fourteen championships since 2000, Cheerleaders in Action follow cheerleaders from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.
Directed by Monica Aldama, the six-part documentary takes an up-close look at the competitive cheerleaders of this small university and reflects the injuries, sacrifices, failures and personal victories of Navarro College cheerleaders before an adrenaline rush.
The stakes are high, but for these athletes the only thing more brutal than their training and more exceptional than their performances are their stories of adversity and triumph.
4. Circus Of Books
Circus of Book is the story of a gay porn shop, in which for 40 years, the LGBTQ community of Los Angeles could socialize and express themselves without prejudice. But most of the customers didn’t know who the owners were Karen and Barry Mason, a heterosexual couple with three children who attended a religious school and were also unaware of their parents’ business.
This film is the artist’s first documentary Rachel Mason, which finally asks the least radical people he knows – his parents – how they became America’s biggest gay porn distributors and why Karen reacted so badly when her son came out.
5. The death and life of Marsha P. Johnson
The death and life of Marsha P. Johnson, documentary directed by David France, is a thoroughly captivating look at the murder of the trans legend known as the Rosa Parks of the LGBTQ movement.
In this film, the activist Victoria Cruz investigates the suspicious death of her friend.
Disclosure: Being trans beyond the screen offers a direct and unprecedented perspective on the representation of transgender people in film and television, revealing how Hollywood it simultaneously reflects and constructs our deepest anxieties about the concept of gender.
In it, the director Sam Feder presents familiar scenes and unforgettable characters from a fresh perspective, invites audiences to confront unexamined assumptions, and shows us how what once captivated American audiences can now awaken other kinds of feelings.
7. Elisa and Marcela
In the middle of 1885, Elisa and Marcela They meet at the school where they work, and what starts out as a close friendship ends up turning into a secret romance.
However, Marcela’s parents are suspicious of the relationship and send her abroad for a couple of years. When he returns, the reunion is so magical that they decide to live together, and the couple come up with a plan to avoid gossip and social pressure: Elisa will leave for a while to return disguised as Mario and marry Marcela.
8. Feminists: What were they thinking?
In 1977, a book of photographs immortalized the awakening of a group of women as they broke the chains of childhood and found themselves.
Feminists: what were they thinking? review those photos, those women and those times, emphasizing today’s culture and the urgent need for continuous change.
This original documentary directed by Johanna Demetrakas features engaging interviews with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Judy Chicago, and Laurie Anderson, among others, on a variety of topics including identity, abortion, race, childhood, and motherhood.
9. Get ready
After almost six decades as a man, three children and three marriages, Laerte Coutinho, one of the most brilliant cartoonists in Brazil, decided to present herself to the world as a woman.
Laerte-The viewer is invited on a journey in which Laerte investigates the female world through the intimate lens of her everyday life. In the process of remodeling her home, the cartoonist reflects on whether or not to have surgery on her breasts, thus opening a deep debate about the true meaning of being a woman.
10. Walter Mercado: Much Much Love
Every day for decades, the iconic Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado, which lived on the fringes of gender conventions, captivated 120 million viewers with its flamboyance and positivity. Until one day, it mysteriously disappeared from the public eye.
Much much love, is a documentary directed by Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch, who captured Walter’s final two years, as he dealt with aging and his legacy, as he prepared for one last star-studded show.