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There is so much more high-quality LGBTQ+ focused entertainment than there used to be. Nothing proves this more that streaming service Revry, the world’s first global queer TV streaming network. The network has even launched their own award show for LGBTQ+ content. This makes finding the best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry right now a bit of a challenge, since its all queer content all the time! Even narrowing it down to a short thematic list, like this list of the best love stories, can be a challenge!

While queer content is everywhere these days, the site explains that “unlike many mainstream networks that may feature queer characters but are otherwise made for mainstream audiences, Revry is–unapologetically–queer and made for the queer community.” But here are a few favorites that help demonstrate what a storehouse of queer goodness Revry really is.

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Parting Glances

Young man in red tank faces young man in green sweater, with the words Parting Glances centered across the bottom. Robert and Michael at the opening of Parting Glances. From Parting Glances

Some of the best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry are classics that might be hard to find on other platforms. Parting Glances is a prime example of a true LGBTQ+ classics on the platform. The film is a 1986 American drama that offers a realistic look at gay life in New York during the height of the AIDS crisis by focusing on a 24-hour period in the life of a gay male couple, Robert and Michael. Robert is about to be sent to Africa for a two-year gig at work, leaving Michael in New York, where he cares for his ex, Nick (notably a breakout role for actor Steve Buscemi), who is dying of AIDS. The film has been critically acclaimed for providing sensitive insight into gay life in the midst of the AIDS crisis. The movie's director, Bill Sherwood, himself died of complications from AIDS in 1990, leaving Parting Glances as his only feature film.

Presque Rien (English release as Come Undone)

Two fit young men lying shirtless on the beach Mathieu and C\u00e9dric on the beach in\u00a0Presque Rien / Come Undone From Presque Rien

International films comprise some of the absolute best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry. And if you enjoy a little bit of steamy romance and a lot of teen angst, Come Undone might be right up your alley! Come Undone is a 2000 French-Belgian romantic drama film (originally released as Presque Rien which literally means Almost Nothing). The film was directed by Sebastien Lifshitz.

Set in Brittany, Come Undone revolves around the developing romance between two 18-year-olds, Mathieu and Cédric. Mathieu is vacationing in Brittany before going off to college in the fall, under the shadow of the death of his brother. While there he meets the attractive and on-the-prowl Cédric. The relationship barrels toward a dramatic conclusion, though the film does end with a hint of optimism.

Howl

James Franco as Allen Ginsberg sitting back-to-back with Aaron Tveit as Peter Orlovsky From Howl

​Art films have long been the refuge of LGBTQ+ stories, but in the last couple of decades, more and more art films have featured professional budgets and big-name cast members attached to their projects. Some of the best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry, be they feature-length or shorts, fall into this category.

Howl, the 2010 American film written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, stars James Franco as 20th-century American poet Allen Ginsberg. The film details Ginsberg's 1955 Six Gallery debut and the 1957 obscenity trial that followed. While Franco received critical notice for his acting—though others are critical of having a straight male actor playing an LGBT lead role—the film itself was neither a critical nor commercial hit. The cinematic techniques used in the film—which isn't chronological and also involve intermittent use of animation—may have contributed to the mixed critical reception.

Meth Head

Lukas Haas with two other men in Meth Head

Lukas Hass, Meth Head

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A lot of cinema that tells LGBTQ+ stories can offer presentations that are shallow or paper over some of the uglier sides of life. They are full of pretty people and focus on the things done to us. But some of the best LGBTQ+ drama gets real and holds focus, presenting the dark sides of our own experience unflinchingly.

Jane Clark's film Meth Head focuses on the way methamphetamine can ravage a life by specifically focusing on how it effects on Kyle, a gay man played by Lukas Haas, and those nearest him. Lavender Magazine wrote of Haas' role in this film: "Haas is shattering in a portrayal of self-destruction that gets specific in its emotion so that there is no track of generalized emotion that becomes parody. Every single moment he is on screen is real. He bravely reveals the deterioration of an addict. He is Oscar Nomination-worthy and it’s among the best addiction performances ever put to film, whether mainstream or GLBT-indie." For this high praise along, Meth Head ranks as one of the best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry

Tooth 4 Tooth

3 men and a woman walk out of a pink mist

Tooth 4 Tooth

There are a LOT of LGBTQ+ horror fans out there, and there's not a whole lot of LGBTQ+ representation in horror. Sure there are exceptions, like You're Killing Me (2015) and low budget specialties like Kissing Darkness. Then there are mainstream horror films that reference the LGBTQ+ community, like the heavy gay overtones or A Nightmare on Elm Street 2.

Revry is building a collection of LGBTQ+ horror, but it's small so far. One of the best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry though is a horror short called Tooth 4 Tooth! In this creative attempt to tell a new kind of vampire story with LGBTQ+ characters and themes, we find a drag performer and an activist investigating the murder of a friend who find themselves caught in an old battle between those who feed on the blood of the fearful and those who feed on the blood of the hateful.

These are just a small representation of the best LGBTQ+ movies on Revry—there are a ton of others, and you truly can't go wrong. In addition to these films and many more, there are documentaries and shorts, as well as Revry original programs, LGBTQ+ themed series and local programming from around the world.

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How to talk about transgender issues

So how do we talk about transgender issues (even if you're not transgender)? There are three main things to remember when discussing transgender issues today, so before getting into the meat and potatoes of it all, let's keep these things in mind:

  1. It is not a political discussion, it is a human rights discussion.
  2. There is a rich history rooted in transgender rights that must be considered when discussing these issues.
  3. Humanization should always be at the forefront of the conversation.

Before going into any conversation, no matter who it's with, try to keep these things in mind before you say something that may be inappropriate, misguided, or just plain wrong. Even those with the best intentions can mess up; remember that it is always ok to admit when you do not know something or when you are wrong. That being said, let's get into it.

sign with a 'friendly for all genders' image showing a person in a wheelchair, and a person with half a dress and pants on.

Transgender bathroom bills

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So whether you choose to become a transgender activist or if you just want to be a better ally, this easy talking point will generally keep you in line and on the safe side of conversations while still putting forth the effort to encourage and better represent transgender rights.

Easy, all-around approach: This will work for almost all transgender issues and expand on the previous three rules; firstly, trans issues are not a debate. When discussing with someone, do not indulge in hypotheticals and always remember that transgender people are the exact same as anyone else, with the exact same feelings. Keeping this in mind, let's use the bathroom bill as an example. When discussing this issue, one should humanize, de-politicize, and normalize the conversation. How does one employ this, though? Here is an example of how the conversation may go.

Person 1: I don't want men in the women's restroom, they will rape my daughters.

So this statement is clearly based on reactionary conversation perpetuated by anti-transgender ideals. This means that the person probably has a misconception of the history and oppression of transgender people. They also show concern for their family, which is a step towards humanization, despite the misconception. Here would be an appropriate response that helps to humanize, de-politicize, and normalize the conversation.

Person 2: I don't want men in the women's restroom, either, which is why we need to make sure people who identify as women are using the women's restroom. There has never been a documented case where a transgender person has raped either a man or woman in a public restroom. And by forcing people to use a restroom that does not match their gender identity, it is promoting violence, as there is a strong history of physical violence against transgender people.

By only saying about three sentences, you are able to do the previous steps while discussing the issue in a civil manner without opening it up to debate. The key to this is to keep it short and sweet, stating both the truth and an ally's stance to support the transgender community. It's critical to make sure that what you say is backed with confidence, though, which is why this second approach is more encouraged as it gives the person speaking more confidence in their opinion.

gif of a man in a suit talking about number 1. Number 1 GIF by PragerU Giphy

The second approach: backed by facts and history, is the exact same as before, but this approach leaves the other person with more questions about their stance and gives them something to consider. Before going into this approach, however, it is important to keep in mind that you are not debating the existence of trans people, nor are you trying to change someone's mind. That is not the goal; the goal is simply to get your opinion across in a way that honors both the trans community and their ideas. Let's take the same example as before but add the new sentiments.

Person 1: I don't want men in the women's restrooms, they will rape my daughters.

Person 2: There has never been a documented case of a transgender person raping anyone in a public restroom, and the only published cases of such were proven to be false. Further, when people say things like this, they are perpetuating violence against transgender people, which has historically (and still does) oppressed and insight further physical violence against them. And honestly, the most common reason there is this stance is because the person typically does not know a trans person and may not even know a person who does know a trans person. But the truth is, they probably do. The probability is more likely that the transgender people around them are just not comfortable enough in the environment to come out and speak up about their gender identity. And yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it is quite sad that some people's opinion does not invite civil discussion but instead incites violence.

This approach is more confrontational, which requires more confidence when using it in a conversation, but it still holds true to all of the previous rules and sentiments. It adds truth based on history, which is an important aspect of trans rights as it reminds people of where we were/ where we are currently with human rights. These ideas can be transferred to most all trans issues and will honor the transgender movement and your allyship. The last thing to keep in mind is the person or reason you are standing up for/with trans rights. The passion -the compassion will shine through in conversation if you keep your reasoning close to heart. Whether it is because of a transgender friend, family member, or just because of your moral values, if you put your emotions into your reasoning, it will create more compelling statements, especially if the statement is well versed with the facts.

Tips to Remember When Discussing Transgender Issues

  1. Transgender issues are not political, they are human rights issues
  2. There is a rich history behind transgender issues
  3. Humanize transgender people through our words and ideas and don't forget to include:
    • 3(b). The facts
    • 3(c).The confidence
    • 3(d). The inspiration behind the support for transgender rights

Transgender Sign in Pride Parade



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