There is no denying it, Pride is one of the most FABULOUS times of the year!
It’s also incredibly important as we continue to fight for equal rights for EVERYONE.
Here are some great films and shows to help you get into the PRIDE spirit!
RuPaul’s Drag Race
RuPaul is the QUEEN of drag! The show is a ton of fun filled with humor, drama, and lip sync battles. There is also a deeper note throughout each episode. The Queens open up about themselves and their pasts. All of this happens as they compete to be crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar. I promise this show will have you gagging on its eleganza!
MILK pays tribute to Harvey Milk, the first openly-gay person to be elected into public office in California. The film follows Harvey through his move to the Castro district in San Francisco as he fights for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. Be sure you have tissues for this one, it is a powerful film about love and the sacrifices made to ensure that everyone has the right to love whomever they want.
Transparent showcases the lives of the defective Pfefferman family as they discover that their father is transgendered. Even though it is a comedy, the show touches on real life issues and politics that the LGBTQ community face. The show has been met with critical acclaim and will be airing its fourth season on Amazon sometime this year.
But I’m A Cheerleader
Produced by Effie T. Brown (who we honored at our very on AudFest this past April!), But I’m A Cheerleader is a comedy about a girl who’s family and friends send her to ‘sexual redirection’ school because they suspect her of being a lesbian (Spoiler alert! They aren’t wrong). While she is there she comes to fully accept herself and her sexuality as she starts a romantic relationship with a fellow ‘student’ Graham.
Will & Grace
Does anything really need to be said about Will & Grace? It was a groundbreaking show which garnered 83 Emmy Nominations and 16 wins during its 8 season run. The Smithsonian included items from the famous show in their LGBTQ History Collection. Former Vice President, Joe Biden, stated that Will & Grace “probably did more to educate the American public [on LGBTQ issues] than almost anything anybody has ever done so far…” Needless to say, it’s a classic and people LOVED it, so much so that it is coming back this fall to NBC!
Of course, if none of this tickles your fancy, or you just want more, check out our LGBTQ Shorts Film Festival! It’s filled with amazing stories sure to help you celebrate pride. The top three films will screen at AudFest 2018 in North Hollywood.