As queer people, we rarely ever see positive LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream media. Our stories usually end in tragedy or are just plain sad. We wanted to compile a list of our favourite LGBTQ+ movies and TV shows for the perfect feel-good night in, because we need more stories that show accepting your sexuality can lead to a happier life.

Heartstopper (2022-2024)

Available on: Netflix

Heartstopper is a charming series from Netflix, which brings to life Alice Oseman’s graphic novels about young love and self-discovery. The show stars Joe Locke as Charlie Spring, a 14-year-old who knows he’s gay and quietly navigates the complexities of school life. When Charlie develops a crush on Nick Nelson, a popular rugby player portrayed by Kit Connor, a tender friendship begins that hints at deeper feelings. Their journey is a heartwarming exploration of gay and bisexual identities, celebrated for its gentle approach and relatable characters. With Season 3 of Heartstopper landing in October, now is the perfect time to catch-up if you’ve not already experienced this amazing TV show.

Heartstopper seasons 1-2 are streaming now on Netflix. Image: Netflix.

Red, White & Royal Blue (2023)

Available on: Prime Video

Red, White & Royal Blue is streaming now on Prime Video. Image: Prime Video.

Red, White & Royal Blue (2023) is a delightful rom-com that brings to life the novel by Casey McQuiston. Directed by Matthew Lopez, the film stars Taylor Zakhar Perez as Alex Claremont-Diaz and Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Henry, weaving a tale of romance that crosses continents and cultural boundaries. This film is a standout for its light-hearted approach to serious themes, wrapped in a humorous and engaging storyline. This film not only entertains but also subtly addresses the nuances of LGBTQ+ relationships against a backdrop of societal expectations, making it a perfect pick for those looking to explore the genre with a feel-good movie.

God’s Own Country (2017)

Available on: Buy or rent across digital streaming platforms

God’s Own Country is available to purchase or rent across digital streaming platforms. Image: BFI.

God’s Own Country tells the tale of a struggling farmer who falls for a Romanian migrant worker while surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of Yorkshire. This heartfelt and uncomplicated story of love and inclusion is sure to leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

Love, Simon (2018)

Available on: Disney+

Love, Simon streaming now on Disney+. Photograph by Ben Rothstein / Twentieth Century Studios / Everett.

Love, Simon (2018), directed by Greg Berlanti, is a heartfelt romantic comedy-drama that has captured the hearts of audiences with its sincere portrayal of a young man’s journey to self-acceptance. Based on the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, the film stars Nick Robinson as Simon Spier, a 17-year-old navigating the complexities of coming out to his family and friends while dealing with the typical trials of high school life. By blending humour with poignant moments, Love, Simon offers a compelling narrative that celebrates authenticity and encourages viewers to embrace their true selves. This film is a perfect conclusion to a feel-good LGBTQ+ movie night, providing both entertainment and meaningful discussions on identity and acceptance.

Luca (2021)

Available on: Disney+

Disney and Pixar’s Luca, streaming now on Disney+. Image: Disney / Pixar.

Upon its release on Disney+ in 2021, coinciding with the month of June, Pixar’s Luca resonated deeply with queer audiences, even though it was never explicitly confirmed as a gay film. The heartwarming tale of two Italian sea monsters yearning for adventure, including riding a vespa and relishing pasta, can be readily interpreted as a touching story of a tender first crush between two young boys who find happiness and a sense of belonging in each other’s company.

The final scene, reminiscent of Call Me By Your Name, is incredibly moving and is likely to bring tears to your eyes in the most heartwarming way. It captures the essence of a deeply emotional connection and resonates with audiences, particularly those within the queer community.

We hope that you enjoy these feel good LGBTQ+ movies and TV shows – each one, with its unique narrative, plays a pivotal role in advancing LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream media, offering both entertainment and a deeper understanding of the complexities within the community. These stories not only provide an enriching experience for TV nights in but also encourage viewers to reflect on the importance of inclusivity and acceptance in society.

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