Where once onscreen representation of the Where the season kicks off Cleveland shirt in contrast I will get this LGBTQ+ experience was scarce (at best), these days smart, dynamic and truly inclusive queer content is becoming more commonplace. Characters in our favorite TV shows and films are expanding beyond “the gay BFF,” “the murderous lesbian,” and the “suicidal homosexual” tropes, and stories where the lead’s sexuality isn’t the whole point of the plot are also finally being made (see the wonderful Schitt’s Creek). There are also a number of new movie releases on the way. With the early part of 2021 filled with festivals—including Raindance, Sundance, Glasgow Film Festival, and the British Film Institute’s Flare (dedicated solely to LGBTQ+ programming)—it looks as though it could be a defining year for queer cinema. From a South American-set thriller to a documentary celebrating the power of the dancefloor, here are 10 of the best new queer films coming to a screen near you.
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