10 LGBTQ+ Movies on HereTV You Need to Watch

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Living 4 the Weekend: BluVonte


Are you always wondering what to watch right now? These are some of the best LGBTQ+ movies streaming on Here TV and available for rent right now, and for good reason. They range from LGBTQ historical settings to romance to LGBTQ+ pure camp.

If you are looking for more LGBTQ+ movies or tv shows to stream, you should check out our list on Netflix, Revry, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

Living 4 the Weekend: BluVonte

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Living 4 the Weekend: Bluvonte

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Blue and Kevontae live their lives to the fullest, especially on weekends. But they mostly explore their relationship with each other, questioning what they desire, who they are, and what they are looking for. This movie has a cast of great Black actors, it is heartfelt, dramatic, and romantic, and is directed by Corey Knott, who also stars in the movie.

Duration: 93 minutes
Year: 2022
Country: US

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That Girl, Peugeot

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That Girl, Peugeot

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Peugeot, born a girl, is trans, or in their words wants to be a boy. Their father has recently died, and their mom has suffered from grief until Peugeot sets her up on a date. Feeling impossible for them to be themselves, Peugeot takes drastic measures to try and fix the relationship with their mother. This short movie is sad but heartwarming. It is directed by Rebecca Coley.

Duration: 15 minutes
Year: 2020
Country: UK

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Boy Meets Boy

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Boy Meets Boy

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Harry is a detached boy who has been partying for two days in Berlin when he meets Johannes about fifteen hours before his flight home. As Johannes offers to print his boarding pass, they spend the day together, talking and confronting each other. This movie was nominated for Outstanding First Feature Award at the 2021 Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, and it is intense and thoughtful. It is directed by Daniel Sánchez López.

Duration: 75 minutes
Year: 2021
Country: Germany

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Jay

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Jay

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Jay is a thirteen-year-old Taiwanese boy, fascinated and infatuated by his older brother, with whom he lives. He fakes interest in basketball to stay closer to him until he is confronted with the fact that other than being his relative, his brother is straight. This short movie is directed by Szu-Wei Chen.

Duration: 14 minutes
Year: 2019
Country: Taiwan

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Sunny Side Up

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Sunny Side Up

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Joe wakes up in a stranger’s bed after a party; the girl next to her is Abby, and they do not recognize each other at first. They start unraveling the night before, and as Abby cooks breakfast, memories and feelings start coming up. This short movie is romantic and lighthearted. It is directed by Anna Niebert.

Duration: 15 minutes
Year: 2019
Country: US

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Leap Weekend

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Leap Weekend

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David is staying with his cousin Pamela during a heat wave; when her boyfriend Javier comes to visit them, David experiences attraction for him, which leads him to eat, drink, use whatever Javier does. This movie is dramatic and it is directed by Daniel Rivera

Duration: 19 minutes
Year: 2020
Country: Chile

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Here Comedy Presents Kate Clinton

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Here Comedy presents Kate Clinton

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In this one-woman stand-up comedy special, Kate Clinton cleverly talks about feminism, lesbianism, and life. Kate Clinton is a pro in what she does, having started her career in the ‘80s, who describes herself as “a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer”. This comedy special is directed by Kerry Asmussen.

Duration: 85 minutes
Year: 2005
Country: US

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Watercolors

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Watercolors

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Danny is a shy high schooler who loves painting; he is asked to help swimming champion Carter with school, as he is in need of a tutor while he hides the most problematic parts of himself. The love between them is bound to blossom, but is their first love going to last forever? This movie is a little sad, a lot romantic, quirky and dramatic. It has won many awards, such as Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director at the 2008 Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. It is directed by David Oliveras.

Duration: 114 minutes
Year: 2008
Country: US

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A Woman's a Helluva Thing

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A Woman's A Helluva Thing

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Houston is a misogynistic macho who is confronted with reality as his mother passes away, and he learns that the estate she owned is not entirely his to inherit. His mother, in fact, had a lesbian lover Houston had no idea existed. This movie is campy and comedic, and it is directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins.

Duration: 90 minutes
Year: 2001
Country: US

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Mr. Leather

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Mr. Leather

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In this documentary, Jason Garrett explores the leather subculture in the gay community of the US. He follows nine men as they enter the 2003 Mr. Los Angeles Leather competition.

Duration: 69 minutes
Year: 2004
Country: US

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Like many of the recent Marvel Cinematic Universe films, LGBTQ+ fans awaited the release of Thor: Love and Thunder in open anticipation of the inclusivity that both Marvel and Disney had promised. However, the fans were only setting themselves up for disappointment when the film was finally released.

Despite passionate assurances from studio heads to key actors, Thor: Love and Thunder was NOT spectacularly gay. It wasn’t even that good…

Premiere Night Promises

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Lightning bold across the sky

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Standing on the red carpet at the London Premiere of the film, director and actor Taika Waititi and fellow cast members Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson were offered up the inevitable question: “How gay is the film?

Amidst some laughter from the crowds, Waititi gestured towards Portman to respond. The actress (who plays Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster, throughout the franchise) raised the microphone to her lips and thought for a moment, before delivering a quiet yet fateful: “So gay!

Barely a moment had passed before the gathered fans went wild and Taika Waititi gave his own verdict: “Super gay!”. Tessa Thompson made no statement on the ‘gayness’ of the film, instead opting to swing her microphone around suggestively. As more cheers erupted, a second round of “super gay” slipped out of Waititi’s mouth, before he urged the fans to enjoy the film.

Thor: Love and Thunder’s LGBTQ+ Potential

Thor’s movie-goers were definitely hyped up for a gay extravaganza and they had a specific character in mind. The fan-favorite Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson, stumbled her way into the MCU during Thor’s third film, Ragnarok. The Asgardian warrior won many people over with her wit, sarcasm, and pure badassery.

After the events of Avengers: Endgame *spoilers*, Thor Odinson gives up his claim to the throne of Asgard and names Valkyrie as king in his stead. This left many fans excited to see what would become of the character, especially after certain revelations were made at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con:

“As a new king, she has to find her queen. So that’ll be her first order of business.”

With these words, Tessa Thompson threw her LGBTQ+ fans into a frenzy, with heavy expectations for the then-upcoming fourth installment of the Thor films. Indeed, in an interview with the LA Times, shortly before the film's release, Tessa Thompson was asked to comment on the sexuality of her character. She responded with several promising remarks, including “there’s a lot of folks that are righteously very hungry for that representation to exist in these movies, as am I”.

*Warning: spoilers ahead!*

So, How Gay Was Thor 4?

To put it simply: not gay at all. Not only did Valkyrie end up without a fabulous new queen, her non-heteronormative sexuality only got the barest mention (a brief line about a previous, now dead, girlfriend). Valkyrie may have made bedroom eyes at some pretty ladies before an action scene spoils the moment, but that’s about as much as we get.

The film does get some credit for introducing a trans character in a minor yet significant role. Thor returns to his people (after a brief stint as a Guardian of the Galaxy) only to find out that the daughter of one of his closest (and deceased) friends is now a boy. The issue is, whether due to personal prejudice or some alien inability to grasp the concept of being transgender, it does take Thor a frustrating few moments to come to terms with the change. And to stop deadnaming.

In fact, the only concession to the queer community was Taika Waititi’s extraterrestrial character Korg finding a husband in one of the closing scenes. This heartfelt moment was somewhat underscored by the revelation that Korg’s entire species is male, meaning he had no other choice but to be ‘gay’.

This Is Not Marvel’s First Queerbaiting Attempt

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This is, by far, not the first time that LGBTQ+ fans have been sorely disappointed by the workings of Marvel and Disney. In fact, people across many social media platforms have been chiding expectant viewers for once again falling for classic queerbaiting tactics. “Being queerbaited by the MCU is like being a golden retriever with a human who always pretends to throw the ball”, one Tumblr user declared.

Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, was the perfect moment for the MCU to introduce its first lesbian lead. Larson’s character seemed to have an intense relationship with another woman, going so far as to help raise her child (before Larson’s Carol Danvers disappeared from Earth for 6 years). Despite leaning into several romantic tropes, the status of their relationship was never fully fleshed out. However, it was also the franchise’s first female-led superhero movie, so maybe they thought that introducing her as a lesbian would make the film too awesome.

The heavily anticipated Avengers: Endgame was also slated to introduce the MCU’s ‘first gay character'. While many fans were excited, particularly as this would be the second of Larson’s appearances on screen, the big gay build-up was a massive letdown. The film’s director Joe Russo made a cameo as a blip survivor mourning the loss of his husband. A five-second throw-away scene that had no impact on the outcome of the film. Big whoop...

Even when we did see a film with a gay lead, The Eternals, there were also ten other straight leads. At that point, it just seemed more like basic probability than an attempt at pushing LGBT+ superheroes into the spotlight.

Why Can’t Disney Let Marvel Be Gay?

The big problem with allowing a few characters to be anything other than cishet is that there are still many countries in the world that outlaw homosexuality. As much as we like to think that the MCU is being made for comic book fans, we all know the purpose of the films is to make money for Disney. And without certain markets in Asia and the Middle East, Disney wouldn’t be raking in up to (and over) one billion dollars per theatrical release.

Is There Any Hope For LGBTQ+ Fans In The MCU’s Future?

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the second in the much-loved Black Panther arc, will be released in cinemas this November. The studio has confirmed that the film will contain a queer character. Actress Michaela Coel will play Aneka, a warrior, and trainer of the king’s guard. Whether or not her diversity will stand out in the film (let alone endure for more than a 10-second scene that can be easily cut) remains to be seen.


Next year’s The Marvels film, starring Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, and Lashana Lynch may offer the MCU a chance to redeem itself in the eyes of its LGBT+ fans. The studios may feel it’s finally time to offer us the heartwarming lesbian relationship between Larson’s Carol Danvers and Lynch’s Maria Rambeau that seemed to be teased in the first Captain Marvel. Don’t raise your hopes too high, though, as you may yet end up as a stubborn golden retriever waiting for a cinematic universe to finally throw that rainbow ball.