In the not to distant past LGBT people were all but invisible in popular culture, but these days are an embarrassment of riches.
There are currently hundreds of feature length films, which tell LGBT stories. No matter which letter of the acronym applies to you, there are movies that will satisfy your craving to see yourself represented on the screen.
Do you enjoy a good tearjerker? Like scary movies? Do you prefer true-life documentaries or serious dramas about current social issues? Then make some popcorn because your movie is starting.
All you need is a Netflix account.
In conjunction with Pride month, streaming media service Netflix has released Pride Guide 2015 movies that will fill you with a good old fashioned sense of LGBT Pride.
Here are a few must sees:
As SCOTUS prepares to rule on whether or not marriage equality should become the law of the land, Bridegroom reminds us how important this issue is. This powerful documentary follows the heartbreaking story of Shane Bitney Crone, who lost his longtime partner Tom in a freak accident. Shane was not only shut out of Tom's funeral by Tom's family, he was threatened with violence — Shane and Tom had lived together for seven years. Without a marriage license, Shane had no legal recourse.
Marriage isn't just a romantic notion people — we need it.
Orange Is the New Black (Season 3)
Netflix's acclaimed in-house comedy drama about life in a low security women's prison returns for a third season. Based on Piper Kerman's memoir, the series follows a motley group of tough but kindhearted ladies as they struggle to keep their dignity and sanity intact behind bars.
Piper is torn between her attraction to a male fiancé and her ex-girlfriend, who's one of her prison mates. But it's trans actress Lavern Cox and lesbian actress Lea DeLaria who steal the show — Cox plays a woman who's also a dad — she struggles with wanting to do right by her children. DeLaria is hilariously outrageous as a foul-mouthed butch dyke.
TV rarely gets better than this.
Chasing Amy (1997)
Kevin Smith (Clerks) made this somewhat forgotten charmer about a comic book artist (Ben Affleck) who falls in love with a lesbian (Joey Lauren Adams). But wait — she might be bisexual!
Far From Heaven (2002)
Todd Haynes film is set in 1950s suburbia — so he shot it in the style of Hollywood auteur Douglas Sirk, who filmed many romantic dramas during the 50s. Julianne Moore is sensational as a proper housewife who falls in love with her African American gardener after her husband leaves her for another man. Though presented as a tear-jerker "women's picture." “Far From Heaven” offers a great deal of insight into society's prejudices and the roles people are often forced to play.
We Were Here (2011)
A heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting look back as the peak years of the AIDS crisis, which decimated the 1980s gay male community. The story is told by those who survived. There won't be a dry eye in the house as they remember the friends and lovers who were lost.
Out Late (2008)
A stirring documentary about LGBT identified senior citizens and their coming out stories — they all came out after age 55.
A Single Man (2009)
Based on a novel by gay author Christopher Isherwood, Colin Firth stars as a depressed gay man contemplating suicide after the death of his partner in 1962.
The Kids Are Allright (2010)
Annette Benning and Julianne Moore shine as a lovably neurotic lesbian couple who are thrown into turmoil when the sperm donor for their two kids comes into their lives.
To Be Takei (2014)
Lovely documentary about Star Trek's George Takei and his emergence as a gay icon. Film includes a peek inside his life with his husband Brad, and his legendary feud with William Shatner.
Also available: TV series such as Glee, Queer as Folk, The L Word, and many more movies.