These films celebrate every stripe in the rainbow Pride flag.
50 years ago, the 1969 Stonewall riots sparked the gay liberation movement in New York City, setting off a tidal wave of activism across the nation. For that reason, we're celebrating Pride Month with a list of LGBTQ movies that highlight how queer icons like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy (and more people of color) paved the way for future generations.
While visibility is at an all-time high, there's still work to be done. Black transgender women, for example, are regularly targets of hate violence—so much so that every year since 1999 we've honored the memory of those lost with Trans Day of Remembrance. It's documentaries such as Transmilitary, Paris Is Burning, and Check It that help raise awareness about the LGBTQ community's struggles.
In addition to movies that raise a glass to fearless trailblazers, we've also included iconic comedies like To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar and newer musicals such as Saturday Church. Sit back, grab some tissues and snacks, and get ready to go through a rollercoaster of emotion.