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International LGBTQ+ Students



LGBTQ+ Movie List

The movies included in the list here are only the ones that were come across by ISSS staff or recommended by students. If you have LGBTQ+ related movies that you would like to recommend and add on to the list, please email us.


  • Boy Erased: The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.
  • Priscilla Queen of the Desert: Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.


  • Blue is the Warmest Color: Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
  • Tomboy: A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children.


  • Imagine You & Me: A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman, who questions her sexual orientation, promoting a stir among the bride's family and friends.
  • Summer Storm: A close friendship between two crew teammates is tested when one slowly discovers he's gay and attracted to the other.

Hong Kong

  • Butterfly: A married teacher/closeted lesbian meets a young, free spirited singer who will allow her to rediscover herself.
  • Farewell My Concubine: The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.
  • Happy Together: A couple take a trip to Argentina but both men find their lives drifting apart in opposite directions.
  • Lan Yu: Wealthy entrepreneur Handong runs a trading company in Beijing. His loyal lieutenant one night introduces him to Lan Yu, a penniless architecture student. Handong enjoys bedding the boy, but doesn't think of an on-going relationship.
  • Rice Rhapsody: Fearing her son could be gay, a conservative mother takes in a French foreign exchange student, who ends up teaching the family a lot about life, acceptance, and love.


  • Beautiful Boxer: Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation.

South Korea

  • No Regret: Sumin is an orphan trying to balance work in a factory with study at an art college and an evening job. One night, a rich young businessman makes an advance on him during one of his driving jobs.
  • The Handmaiden: A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.


  • Dear Ex: When Sanlian's ex-husband passes away, she discovers he has altered his insurance policy, cutting out their son in favor of a stranger named Jay. Outraged, Sanlian decides that she and her son will confront Jay, but Jay proves equal to her scheme. However, when her son unexpectedly moves in with Jay, she is forced to reassess her relationship with them both.
  • Drifting Flowers: Teddy Award-winning Director Zero Chou (Spider Lilies) weaves three poetic tales as the lesbians in Drifting Flowers seek their true identity.
  • Eternal Summer: Two best friends Shane and Jonathan learn more about themselves in an ever evolving sexuality.
  • The Wedding Banquet: To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

The United States

  • A Girl like Me: The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young trans woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.
  • A Single Man: An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.
  • Appropriate Behavior: Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.
  • All about My Mother: Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.
  • Beautiful Thing: In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.
  • Boys Don’t Cry: Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.
  • Brokeback Mountain: The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.
  • Call Me by Your Name: In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.
  • Carol: An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.
  • Chasing Amy: Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.
  • Desert Hearts: A woman on the precipice of divorce becomes drawn to a ranchowner's daughter.
  • Disobedience: A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.
  • Love, Simon: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.
  • Moonlight: A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
  • Milk: The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.
  • My Beautiful Laundrette: An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.
  • Pariah: A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.
  • Saving Face: A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.
  • Soldier’s Girl: The true story of the price a young soldier paid for falling in love with a transsexual night-club performer.
  • Tangerine: A hooker tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.
  • The Crying Game: A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.
  • The Kids Are All Right: Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life.
  • The Normal Heart: A gay activist attempts to raise H.I.V. and A.I.D.S. awareness during the early 1980s.
  • Torch Song Trilogy: Arnold, a famous drag queen, tragically lost his lover Alan in a hate crime Alan tried to prevent. Arnold is now torn between his memories on Alan, his bisexual lover Ed, their new adopted teenage gay son David and Arnold's never quite satisfied mother.
  • Transamerica: A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.


  • Weekend: After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.