Pages to Screen: 4 Queer Movies for Pride

It’s finally June! This only means one thing: Rainbow-colored dreams! ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

I know that the world is not in a good place right now because of the pandemic, but that’s the perfect excuse to stay at home and read your books! We might not get to march on the streets for Pride, but we can still celebrate it by watching LGBT-centric movies this month!

I’ve compiled a list of books that were adapted to motion pictures! They’re my personal favorites — that means I laughed, shed a tear, had my heart broken and had it stitched back together when I watched these films. I hope it will have the same effect on you too!

There are four movies on this list, one for each week of Pride month. But if you want to binge-watch all of them (and read the books after), be my guest!

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Love, Simon (2018)

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Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Based on: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Runtime: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it’s a little more complicated. He hasn’t told his family or friends that he’s gay, and he doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.

I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda before the movie came out (yes, pun intended), and when I picked it up, I didn’t know that the film adaptiation was in the works. Simon vs the HSA is one of my favorite coming-of-age reads! It’s so heart-warming to see the characters come to life and see Simon’s self-discovery journey.

WATCH HERE
iTunes | Google Play Movies | Amazon Prime Video

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Call Me By Your Name (2017)

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Image Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Based on: Call Me By Your Name by Andrรฉ Aciman
Runtime: 2 hours and 12 minutes

It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Call Me By Your Name transported me to Italy and had me fall in love with Oliver and Elio’s story. The plot is more mature, but I loved it still. The book didn’t only talk about Oliver and Elio’s summer love. It also talked about family, friendship and all the things that bind them together.

WATCH HERE
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Holding the Man (2015)

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Image Credit: Transimission Films

Based on: Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave
Runtime: 2 hours and 8 minutes

Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it – the separations, the discrimination, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses.

THIS MOVIE IS SOMETHING. I remember watching it without any idea of the plot, but it immediately became one of my most recommended LGBT-themed movies of all time! This was based on Timothy Conigrave’s memoir — a real story of love and sacrifice. Prepare your heart, it’s going to be an emotional ride!

WATCH HERE
Netlfix | iTunes | Google Play Movies | Amazon Prime Video

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Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013)

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Image Credit: Wild Bunch

Based on: Blue Is the Warmest Colour (Graphic Novel) by Julie Maroh
Runtime: 3 hours and 7 minutes

A French teen (Adรจle Exarchopoulos) forms a deep emotional and sexual connection with an older art student (Lรฉa Seydoux) she met in a lesbian bar.

Blue is the Warmest Colour took things to a different level! I remember watching this in my early teenage years and was so shocked to see NSFW content. But looking back at it now, I realized that there’s more to the story than those explicit scenes. And knowing that it was widely acclaimed in Cannes Film Festival, it’s one of those coming of age stories that you should not dare miss.

WATCH HERE
Netlfix | iTunes | Google Play Movies | Amazon Prime Video

 

Now that you have a movie to watch for every week of June, how many of these movies will you be watching this month? If you happen to know any other movies that we should add to this list, let me know in the comments!

Grab the popcorn and snuggle up! It’s #Pride! movie marathon time!โœจ

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