Celebrate Gay Pride With These Memorable LGBT Films
It's 2017, and it's safe to say we still have a long way to go in the way of LGBT rights. However, it's also safe to say that portrayals of gay love stories have officially gone mainstream, and we've been gifted with a ton amazing movies and TV shows over the past couple years.
But even with all of the wonderful stories that have come to life, some of America still seems to be turning its back on total acceptance — which is exactly why celebrating Pride is so important. And what better way than with the huge Hollywood hits that are working to reach audiences who wouldn't normally embrace (or even have exposure to) LGBT stories?
We've picked the best quotes from some of our favorite movies so that we (and y'all) can celebrate Pride right. Some of these are tearjerkers, so grab that box of tissues.
Originally published March 2016. Updated July 2017.
"Dearest. There are no accidents and he would have found us one way or another. Everything comes full circle. Be grateful it was sooner rather than later. You'll think it harsh of me to say so, but no explanation I offer will satisfy you. Please don't be angry when I tell you that you seek resolutions and explanations because you're young. But you will understand this one day. And when it happens, I want you to imagine me there to greet you, our lives stretched out ahead of us, a perpetual sunrise. But until then, there must be no contact between us. I have much to do, and you, my darling, even more. Please believe that I would do anything to see you happy. So, I do the only thing I can... I release you."
"Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh. Erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever. Can't you just see it? Don't dream it, be it."
"Even if he is gay and attracted to you, he's gonna be coming out of the closet, and you know what we boys do when we're coming out the closet!"
"Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine."
"Yes, I wear foundation. Yes, I live with a man. Yes, I'm a middle-aged fag. But I know who I am, Val. It took me 20 years to get here, and I'm not gonna let some idiot senator destroy that. F*** the senator, I don't give a damn what he thinks."
"Ice-cold beer, a little riding in. Well, take my woman dancing. You know? I want kids. I mean, I got one... one life, right? Mine. But sh... f***, I want somebody else's sometimes. Sometimes I just feel like I'm fighting for a life I just ain't got time to live. I want it to mean something."
Jamie: Scared of being called queer?
Ste: Are you?
Jamie: Maybe... maybe not.
Ste: And are ya?
Jamie: Very happy. I'm happy when I'm with you...
"I need to say something. It's no big secret your mom and I are in hell right now, and... bottom line is, marriage is hard. It's really f***ing hard. Just two people slogging through the shit, year after year, getting older, changing. It's a f***ing marathon, OK? So, sometimes, you know, you're together so long that you just... you stop seeing the other person. You just see weird projections of your own junk. Instead of talking to each other, you go off the rails and act grubby and make stupid choices, which is what I did. And I feel sick about it because I love you guys, and I love your mom, and that's the truth. Sometimes you hurt the ones you love the most. I don't know why."
"This is the essence of discrimination: formulating opinions about others not based on their individual merits, but rather on their membership in a group with assumed characteristics."
"We're standing here in Philadelphia, the, uh, City of Brotherly Love, the birthplace of freedom, where the, uh, founding fathers authored the Declaration of Independence, and I don't recall that glorious document saying anything about all straight men are created equal. I believe it says all men are created equal."
"Bottom line is... we're around each other and... this thing, it grabs hold of us again... at the wrong place... at the wrong time... and we're dead."
"You ever get the feelin'... I don't know, er... when you're in town and someone looks at you all suspicious, like he knows? And then you go out on the pavement and everyone looks like they know, too?"