10 LGBTQ+ Films You Need To Watch With Your Parents

10 LGBTQ+ Films You Need To Watch With Your Parents

Because love cannot be erased.
By Delnaz Divecha3 November, 2020 3 min read
10 LGBTQ+ Films You Need To Watch With Your Parents

Even as we still fight for equality all across the world, we must admit that societies are making progress when it comes to queer issues. While India has decriminalized homosexuality, some more progressive countries have even made provisions for queer individuals to marry, adopt, and live a life with dignity. But change starts at home and if you want to be a part of a more progressive and queer-friendly society, you must normalize queerness among your friends and families. We have a few movies that could help open up a conversation and express your thoughts on the subject. They’re family-friendly, so don’t hesitate to rope in your traditional parents for movie night.


This romantic drama revolves around two Kenyan girls Kena and Ziki who were taught that “Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives”. But when love blossoms between them, the girls are forced to choose between their happiness and safety in an orthodox Kenyan society. This film is worth a watch as families must understand the implications of closeted homosexuality on the mental health of individuals.

Streaming on: Zee5

Evening Shadows

Set in a traditional South Indian family, this drama is a heartwarming story about a mother-son bond that has to withstand the ravages of time, distance and truths. When young Kartik comes out to his mother, she is shattered to learn about his sexuality. But when his father demonizes him for being a homosexual, his mother will do what it takes to protect her son.

Streaming on: Netflix


Set within the African-American community, this Oscar-winning drama deals with the struggles of a young man who grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood. The film expresses the importance of having a good role model and an open support system while learning about one’s own sexuality.

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

Dear Dad

While it’s hard for many parents to come to terms with their children’s sexuality, there are times when these roles are reversed and children are just as shocked to learn about their parents’ closeted homosexuality. This drama is a bittersweet coming-of-age story involving a father-son duo who take an impromptu road trip and find out many truths about each other.

Streaming on: Netflix

Love, Simon

This movie deals with how homosexual teenagers find it extremely hard to express their true selves to their peers. Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates. But when that secret is threatened, he must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

A Kid Like Jake

This drama deals with a couple’s struggle with their four-year-old son’s gender identity when they realize he might be transgender. While the parents grapple to understand what may be best for their son, they apply to go to a private kindergarten in New York City. This film helps parents understand the signs of queerness among their kids and deal with it in the right way.

Streaming on: Netflix

Time Out

This family drama is based in Delhi, where the years of friendship, laughter, and love shared between two brothers goes through a rough patch when a 14-year-old boy is confronted with the complexities of his elder brother’s sexuality. While this film makes for a great watch among siblings who may face a similar situation, it is also an ideal watch with parents.

Streaming on: Netflix


This Malayalam film by Geethu Mohandas has been lauded for its representation and treatment of transgender and gay characters. It revolves around a child from Lakshadweep who sets off to Mumbai in pursuit of Akbar, an elder brother, who left the island. The kid must find the brother and understand the circumstances that made him leave his family.

Streaming on: Zee5

Boy Erased

This coming-of-age drama not only explores the struggles of growing up gay in a conservative family but the trauma that comes with conversion therapy. It revolves around the son of a Baptist preacher who unwillingly participates in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents. It is a must-watch for families with queer children.

Streaming on: Netflix

Uncle Frank

Prime Video’s latest LGBTQ+ film is a road trip movie where Frank Bledsoe and his 18-year-old niece Beth take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina for the family patriarch’s funeral. Its 1973 and being openly gay isn’t exactly common, so when Frank’s lover Walid joins the trip, the whole family is bound to go through a lot of feelings.

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