11 TV shows and movies to watch if you’re celebrating Pride at home

Although there will be an exceptional week of activities for Pride in Cork this week, we know that not everyone will be able to attend.

If you’re celebrating Pride at home, here are our picks for what to watch to get into the spirit of things.

Heart stroke

Heart stroke took Netflix (and TikTok!) by storm when it hit Netflix this year. It’s a wholesome, coming-of-age, friend-to-lover romance that will warm your heart and maybe even bring a tear to your eye.

But I’m a cheerleader

But I’m a cheerleader is a cult classic from the 90s. It is a satirical teen drama in which Natasha Lyonne of Orange is the New Black plays a teenager sent to a rehabilitation center by her parents who think she is a lesbian. Although meant to be funny, it has a very strong message.

The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson

Marsha P Johnson was a key player in the 1969 Stonewall Uprising and is a hugely influential figure in the LGBTQ+ community. This documentary follows the story of his life and the cold case of his sudden death. It’s a deeply moving, yet educational and informative story about the roots of Pride.

The bird cage

The bird cage is packed with a star-studded cast that includes Robin Williams, Dianne Wiest and Gene Hackman. He received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations in 1997 and has been a fan favorite ever since. It tells the story of a gay cabaret owner and his drag queen partner who must pretend to be straight to seduce the parents of their son’s future spouse.

Young Royals

Young Royals is a six-episode Swedish teen drama that premiered on Netflix in 2021. It is based in a fictional boarding school, Hillerska and follows the story of Prince Wilhelm of Sweden. Wilhelm begins a romance with a schoolmate, Simon Eriksson and the series follows the trials and tribulations of their budding romance.

Paris is burning

Paris is burning is one of the most famous LGBTQ+ productions of the past three decades. It is a poignant portrayal of life in New York City in the 1980s. It shows the lives of African American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities at the time and the prom culture they were a part of.

Laid

Laidthe product of Joy and american horror story creator Ryan Murphy, follows the balloon culture and AIDS crisis of the 1980s, much like Paris is burning. Laid features the largest cast of trans actresses of any scripted series in history.

Love, Simon

Love, Simon is a 2018 film based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. It’s about teenage Simon and his coming-out journey. It’s filled with emotional moments, but has a teenage innocence that will make any viewer smile.

It’s a sin

It’s a sin is an incredibly poignant mini-series, centered on the life of a group of gay men during the AIDS crisis in the UK in the 1990s. It is a deeply moving but very important watch.

Lease

Lease is the 2005 film based on the Broadway musical of the same name by Jonathan Larson. It’s a rock musical and features big Broadway names like Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs. It’s a fun and lively story, with tragic undertones about the AIDS crisis at the time.

Carol

Carol stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Sarah Paulson and is an unmissable emotional drama about an affair between an aspiring photographer and a divorcing older woman.


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