Here’s a list of five LGBTQ-themed films coming out this year…
2017 was a great year for LGBTQ movies. But this year is looking even better. Here are five LGBTQ-themed movies we can’t wait to see in 2018, in order of release.
(Release date: January 20, 2018)
Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds embarks on a mission to show the relationship between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the LGBTQ community. The documentary premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and focuses on the rising suicide rates in Utah (a Mormon-majority state). Reynolds, a Mormon himself, said his aim is to spark discussion for LGBTQ rights within Mormonism, and encourage acceptance and change. After a run in the theatres, the Live Nations Productions documentary will debut on HBO this summer.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
(Release date: January 22, 2018)
Director Desiree Akhavan’s latest feature takes place in 1993, following a teenage lesbian, Cameron Post. The high school track star engages in a sexual relationship with her best friend Coley, until the two are caught together in a car during homecoming dance. As a result, Cameron’s ultra conservative aunt Ruth sends her to a gay-conversion camp called God’s Promise. The film is based on the book of the same name by Emily M. Danforth and also premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
(Release date: March 22, 2018)
This 2018 comedy sees Simon Spier balance his friends, family and his hidden sexuality in a coming-of-age story. The 17-year-old has yet to come out to those closest to him and doesn’t know the true identity of his secret online crush. The film, directed by Greg Berlanti, follows Simon’s struggle of finding himself and falling in love. Love, Simon is based on the 2015 novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, written by Becky Albertalli.
(Release date: April 27, 2018)
Chilean director Sebastián Lelio makes his English language debut about an Orthodox Jewish community in north London. Ronit, a photographer living in New York, returns home after her well-respected Rabbi father passes away. Her stay with childhood friend, Esti and her husband Dovid, reacquaints the two ladies’ friendship, until it develops into something more. The film is an adaption of the 2006 debut novel of the same name, written by Naomi Alderman. The film’s premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2017.
(Release date: September 28, 2018)
This coming-of-age drama documents Garrard, the son of a Baptist minister, struggle with his conflicting sexuality and upbringing. After being outed to his parents, the 19-year-old is faced with attending gay conversion camp or being ostracized by his family and friends. At the Christian-ran camp, Garrard conflicts greatly with the head therapist, Victor Sykes. The film, directed by Joel Edgerton, is based on Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley.