Movies to watch if you’re coming out

From distant classics like Fried Green Tomatoes to new hits like Love, Simon, there is a series of movies to watch and enjoy if you’re about to come out or just curious, waiting to see where the intricacies of sexuality take you. We’ve rounded up a few coming out faves.

Love, Simon

This 2018 romantic comedy-drama centers on a closeted high school boy struggling to balance family and friends and to cope with being blackmailed by a classmate who threatens to out him. At the same time, he’s desperately trying to figure out who the classmate he fell in love with online is. The movie is based on a novel by Becky Albertalli called Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Love, Simon’s premiere was in the spring of 2018 at the Mardi Gras Film Festival. It was loved by viewers and critics alike. This is the first major Hollywood flick to focus on a teenage gay romance.

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love

This 1995 film starred Laurel Holloman, Maggie Moore, and Nicole Ari Parker and was written and directed by Maria Maggenti. In it, two high school girls with very different personalities fall in love.The main character is a high school senior with poor grades, whose only friend is a gay Latino who smokes weed and works at a gas station. She’s very unpopular at school and spends most of her time either alone or meeting a married woman.

Black Mirror (2016)

We recommend watching “San Junipero,” an episode of the Black Mirror series. It has become very popular in the LGBT community. The sci-fi romance tells the story of overcoming homophobia in a very interesting way. The main character is scared to come out before meeting another girl, who travels through time. After they fall in love, they have some life-altering decisionsto make.

Love my Life (2006)

In Love my Life, the romance between two Japanese girls is portrayed in a very sensitive, poignant, and realistic way. It’s a fun film you can laugh and cry to, best enjoyed on a gloomy day when you’re stuck indoors.

Needless to say, there are many other great coming-out movies. The latest Halloween sequel touched on the subject as well, exploring gender roles in a rural community plagued by the shadow and ever more real presence of Michael Myers.