From documentaries about Black lesbian sex workers to low-budget dramas about the AIDS crisis, writer Kaiya Shunyata selects ten underseen queer films that beg to be in the spotlight.
Note from Kaiya, June 2021:
Each year, as Pride month rolls around, film lovers showcase their favorite queer films via Twitter threads and Letterboxd lists—but while movies like The Handmaiden
(2016) and Dog Day Afternoon (1975) are fantastic, there are hundreds more queer films that have gone underseen over the decades.
In celebration of Pride month, take the time to move beyond the mainstream and appreciate the quietness, audaciousness and tenderness of these ten features. I encourage you to read the notes, then curate your own list of ten underrated queer cinema gems and share them in the comments.
Kaiya Shunyata is a freelance pop culture journalist based in Canada. They are passionate about Gregg Araki films, queer subtext and music in film.