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7 LGBTQ Movies with Happy Endings

Posted 6 months ago by Morgan B

You know the feeling. You're watching a movie, engrossed in the story and then--bam!--your favorite character has been killed. An awful feeling, right? Unfortunately, if your favorite character happens to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, the chances of them being killed off increases by a depressing amount. The "Bury Your Gays" trope and the related “Dead Lesbian Syndrome” is the trend in literature and media for the story to kill off LGBT characters or otherwise prevent them from having a happy ending. The trope has been around since the 19th century when it was a way of writing stories about LGBT characters without risking the social backlash of “promoting” homosexuality. The good news is that while the trope still lingers, positive LGBT representation in media is increasing! But how do you find those feel-good films where your favorite LGBT characters are guaranteed to end up happy? Well, I have a few recommendations for you.

Warning: minor spoilers ahead.

Movie Recommendations

Library Materials

4th Man Out - Movie

4th Man Out (Unrated)

A car mechanic in a small, working class town comes out of the closet to his unsuspecting, blue-collar best friends.

The Birdcage - Movie

The Birdcage (R)

The story of a middle-aged gay couple's comic encounter with a self-righteously straight and conservative family. Armand and Albert reluctantly accept young Val's intention to marry the daughter of a conservative Senator, but when the fiancée’s family comes to visit, the whole household is turned upside down.

Carol - Movie

Carol (R)

Two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her twenties, Therese is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol, an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage.

The Handmaiden - Movie

The Handmaiden = Agassi (Unrated)

A Korean woman who is hired as handmaiden to a young Japanese lady is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of her large inheritance.

Love, Simon - Movie

Love, Simon (PG-13)

Everyone deserves a great love story, but for seventeen-year-old Simon Spier, it's a little more complicated. He hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay, and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life changing.

Transamerica - Movie

Transamerica (R)

Bree Osborne, a pre-operative transsexual, learns she fathered a child back when she was Stanley Osborne. The wheels of fortune take Bree and her teenage son on a cross-country trip that will change both their lives.

The Way He Looks - Movie

The Way He Looks (Unrated)

A fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love. Leo is a blind teenager who's fed up with his overprotective mother and the bullies at school. Looking to assert his independence, he decides to study abroad to the dismay of his best friend, Giovana. When Gabriel, the new kid in town, teams with Leo on a school project, new feelings blossom in him that make him reconsider his plans.

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