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10 LGBTQIA+ Friendly Movies and Shows to Watch as a Family

LGBTQIA+ representation in family-friendly movies and shows is frustratingly hard to come by — but these beautiful onscreen titles will get you and the fam off to a good start!

Maria Bailey · 28 days ago

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June is Pride Month — when we can all celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, while those within the community reflect on how far they’ve come and what still needs to change. One such issue includes the lack of diversity on screen — and this includes the absence of storytelling featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer folks. 

But there are a number of new movies and shows that embrace inclusive stories about LGBTQIA+ people, and have even gone onto reach mainstream audiences. We can’t think of a better time than now during Pride Month to watch these great movies and shows with the fam. 

In a Heartbeat (YouTube)

Brace yourself for a short animated film that will pull on the heartstrings! In A Heartbeat follows a boy who must learn to be honest with himself and others about his true feelings after his own heart launches out of his chest to chase the boy of his dreams. 

Recommended for: All ages

Out (Disney+)

Pixar’s short film Out only lasts for 9 minutes, but it resonates with audiences for much longer. It made history by featuring Pixar’s first-ever gay lead! In the story, Greg moves in with his boyfriend, Manuel, when his parents (who don’t know he’s gay yet) show up on his doorstep to help. Greg scrambles to hide any evidence of his sexuality and relationship from around his home. Helping Greg come out as gay are two cosmic pets, Mags and Gigi, who help him realize he has nothing to hide. 

Recommended for: Ages 7+

The Mitchells vs. The Machines (Netflix)

The Netflix movie The Mitchells vs. The Machines broke new ground for LGBTQIA+ representation as the first all-ages animation to feature an openly queer main character, who goes by the name Katie. Notice the rainbow pin she wears in the trailer? The story revolves around Katie and her quirky family, who find themselves in the middle of a robot pandemic and somehow become humanity’s unluckiest last hope! 

Recommended for: Ages 7+

The Legend of Korra (Netflix)

The Legend of Korra is centered around a powerful young warrior who, in order to keep her city safe, controls the elements to fight against evil forces in both the physical and spiritual world. She also happens to bisexual. The central storyline is not centered around her sexuality, but it did make for a surprise (awesome) twist in the final moments of the Nickelodeon teen action series, when Korra gazes lovingly into the eyes of the show’s other female lead, Asami.

Recommended for: Ages 9+

Breakfast With Scot (Amazon)

This charming Canadian comedy has been a family favorite since its release in 2007, and it also happens to have the distinction of being considered the first gay family film! The story centers around Eric, a gay retired hockey player turned sportscaster, and his partner Sam, a sports lawyer, who suddenly become guardians to a young, very confidently self-expressive boy named Scot. While the two reluctant dads — who are not publicly open about their relationship — initially struggle to navigate raising a gender non-conforming child, Scot shows them how to love themselves (and others) for who they are.

Recommended for: Ages 10+

The Most Dangerous Year (Amazon)

The Most Dangerous Year is an important watch that speaks to the struggles transgender people face as they grow up. This documentary specifically follows the 2016 fight to protect transgender children against the so-called “bathroom bills” in Washington state. It is told from the perspective of a small group of parents who rally together to fight the proposed laws in honor of their transgender children.

Recommended for: Ages 12+

The Prom (Netflix)

A group of down-on-their-luck Broadway actors descends on a small town in Indiana to help a teenage girl who’s been banned from attending prom with her girlfriend. This dazzling PG-13 musical features an equally dazzling cast, including Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, and Keegan-Michael Key. 

Recommended for: Ages 12+

Freak Show (Netflix)

In a word, Billy Bloom is fabulous. But this gender-bending, glitter-adorned, quick-witted teen is a fish out of water when he moves to a conservative school. Watch him navigate his new surroundings, stand up to bullies, and go on his defiant quest to become this year’s homecoming queen.

Recommended for: Ages 13+

Love, Simon (Disney+)

Navigating high school is hard enough, but for 17-year-old Simon, it’s a little more complicated: he hasn’t told his friends or family that he’s gay. But that’s not all — he's fallen for a fellow classmate online and isn't sure whether his feelings are reciprocated. This heartfelt coming-of-age movie captures the difficulty of being a gay teenager, as well as the journey of finding yourself and falling in love.

Recommended for: Ages 14+

Queer Eye (Netflix)

This show will give you ALL the feels, so don’t be surprised if there’s not a dry eye in the house! Queer Eye is a reality TV show centered around a team of gay professionals, the so-called “Fab Five,” who come to the rescue to provide guests with life-changing lifestyle and fashion makeovers. This series is a perfect feel-good show for young teens and older.

Recommended for: Ages 14+