“Moonlight,” for all its successes both in the film festival and awards ceremony circuits, has achieved something far greater: It’s deservedly brought media attention and an increased awareness to queer black culture. Far-reaching LGBTQ publications such as OUT Magazine and The Advocate are increasingly crafting editorial pieces that bring to light not only many of the hardships the black LGBTQ community faces, but also the leaps and bounds they are making in the face of such adversity.
For decades, cinema has provided marginalized communities an outlet to share and preserve their stories for the benefit of not only future generations within the community, but also for the world at large. Black LGBTQ cinema is no exception. Over the years, a number of incredible films have chronicled what it’s like to grow up young, gifted, black and queer.
XFINITY LGBTQ celebrates black cinema and these exceptional stories and characters found within its annals. In honor of Black History Month, we’ve created a collection of over 30 films that are proud to feature unapologetically black LGBTQ characters and storylines. Below we’ve taken the liberty of listing our top five picks, which we consider mandatory watching for everyone! But be sure to check out the full Black LGBTQ Cinema collection at home by saying “Pride” into your X1 voice remote.
Comment below or take to social media with #XFINITYLGBTQ to let us know your favorite black LGBTQ film.
On X1: Navigate to “Popular Destinations” > LGBTQ Film & TV
On Native: Go to “On Demand” > LGBTQ Film & TV