In her film debut, Whoopi Goldberg plays Celie, an African-American woman in the early 20th century, who fights her way through oppression and abuse and finds an unexpected love along the way. Come for the education, stay for the ballroom scenes, mama. Hilary Swank's breakthrough performance anchors Kimberly Peirce's film about the murder of Nesbraskan trans man Brandon Teena. Best Movie Ever?: Jonathan Demme's searing drama was the first mainstream film to tackle the AIDS crisis, and it gave a familiar face and voice to a marginalized community often ignored by their neighbors and left to suffer because of an intolerant society. While the accusation is false, it nearly ruins the women's standing in their community and threatens their friendship—and forces one of them to reevaluate her own identity. Why Beautiful Thing is a beautiful thing.
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The son of Italian immigrants struggles to find the best way to come out to his family. Streamable on Hulu. Kids learn to express themselves at a musical theater summer camp aka the movie every '90s gay teen rented at Blockbuster with their parents.
How could we forget Salma Hayek as one of the greatest queer icons in history?