Growing up as a closeted gay, I truly know how much representation means. For the individual, of course. But also for the entire community.

Seeing people from my community being represented, appreciated and credited for their work is such an enriching experience - it makes me feel proud and strong. Therefore, I've put down a list of my favourite lgbtq+ films.

Pride (2014)

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director: Matthew Warchus

A group of gay and lesbian activists set out to help the miners during the mineworker strike in 1984. The movie is based on historical events and cover so much more than just being gay. It's one of the best films I've ever seen, and it has a spot very close to my heart.

Show Me Love/Fucking Åmål (1998)

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director: Lukas Moodysson

Elin is the most popular girl in Åmål, and rumour says she's made out with every guy in school. Agnes is the direct opposite, she's lonely and secretly in love with Elin.

Show Me Love is probably the best Swedish coming of age-film. It's a beautiful portait of being a teenager and being bored or lonely. The original title, Fucking Åmål, refers to what the two main characters feel about the town. This year, it's 20 years since it's main release - but it still stays relevant and relatable.

Love, Simon (2018)

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director: Greg Berlanti

From one coming of age film to another, Love, Simon has meant a lot to lgbtq+ teens around the world. It's based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and centers around Simon Spier, a closeted gay going through high school. This is the first movie I’ve ever gone to see more than once in theatre, and I’ll probably end up buying it on dvd as well.

Paris is Burning (1990)

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director: Jennie Livingston

Paris is Burning is a documentary about the ball culture in New York in the late 1980s. It is a beautiful portrait of the drag scene and the people that were - and still are - there, and gives a broader perspective of the lgbtq-community of colour.

Carol (2015)

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director: Todd Haynes

Carol is based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith and tells the beautiful, heart wrenching story of how Carol (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara) develop a forbidden love affair. It takes place in the 1950s and while Carol is going through a divorce, fearing she’ll lose custody of her daughter, Therese is young and sensible with an aspiring career in photography.

And a few that I have on my watch-list:

Moonlight (2016)
Tarnation (2003)
Tangerine (2015)
Desert Hearts (1985)
Battle of the Sexes (2017)
Milk (2008)