16 must-see queer films for the Christmas period

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Christmas is almost here! (YAY!!) And what better way to celebrate than by snuggling up on the couch watching gay-friendly films with your loved ones.

(Yes, that includes your fur babies, of course.)

Here at Qnews we have compiled a list of our favourite queer Christmas films to celebrate the holidays.

Check them out below!




Mixed Nuts 1994

Philip, played by Steve Martin, manages a suicide prevention hotline that is particularly busy over the holiday period.

Things get interesting when another hotline worker confesses their love for Philip.

They boil over the edge when a pregnant woman and transgender female enter the equation.

Also starring Adam Sandler, Juliette Lewis, and Liev Schreiber.


Home for the Holidays 1994

A young and delicious Robert Downey Jr is the queer figure in this holiday film.

Directed by Jodie Foster, Home for the Holidays is the tale of a single mother being forced to spend the holidays with her dysfunctional family.

The best part is Downey’s role as Hunter’s gay brother.


Holiday Heart 2000

Drag performer Holiday Heart is loved on stage.

But, at home, she is lonely and craving some human interaction.

She meets 12-year-old Niki and her drug-addicted mother Wanda and invites them to move in with her.

After becoming a father-figure to Niki, their makeshift family is jeopardised when Wanda falls in love with a drug dealer.


The Family Stone 2005

A personal favourite, but this isn’t about me.

The Family Stone has a spectacular cast from Dermot Mulroney and Luke Wilson, to Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton, this Christmas film is ones for the ages.

A wholesome representation of a family accepting their gay child with open arms, The Family Stone will have you crying with laughter and joy the whole way through.


Rent 2005

Okay, but who doesn’t love musicals?

Rent is a tale of love in all its forms.

It tackles HIV and AIDS and reminds audiences of what it means to love one another, especially during the holiday period.

It displays gay love from both men and woman and introduces you to a transgender character you can’t help but love.

Rent is definitely all about that queer representation.


Meet Me in St Louis 1945

Alright, so this one isn’t outwardly queer, but it stars our favourite icon Judy Garland and well, that’s practically the same thing.

It’s funny and musical and is set in the year leading up to 1904.

The four Smith sisters learn lessons of life and love as they prepare for an unwanted move interstate.


Tokyo Godfathers 2003

A super cute and funny anime about three homeless friends who find an infant in Tokyo on Christmas eve.

One of the friends, Hana is an aging transgender woman who is caring but a little bit hot headed.

Watch as the trio make their way through Tokyo in search of the child’s parents.


Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: Two Doors Down 2019

Okay this one’s not really a film, but it does run for more than sixty minutes.

Episode two of the series, a closeted Tyler tries to keep his relationship with his homophobic and conservative mother’s assistant, Cole a secret as they all come together on New Years eve for his sister’s wedding.

We also meet Ren, Tyler’s non-binary cousin living life as their best and true self.

This one is a real modern-day narrative about love and acceptance.


Make the Yuletide Gay 2009

Out and proud at college, Olaf creeps back in the closet during a trip to visit his parents for the holidays.

His Christmas is turned upside down when his secret boyfriend gate-crashes the family’s holiday celebrations.


Let it Snow 2019

A Christmas movie for the millennials.

Let it Snow tackles love, lust and heartbreak from all types of relationships.

Aussie Liv Hewson plays Dorrie, a young lesbian who becomes smitten with a girl from their town.


Breakfast with Scot 2007

A closeted ex-professional hockey player’s life is turned upside down when he and his partner become temporary guardians to an exceedingly flamboyant 11-year-old.


Love the Coopers 2015

Another Christmas film starring queen Diane Keaton.

Love the Coopers is a holiday tale of three generations who come together and rediscover the meaning of family.

It also stars Anthony Mackie as a police officer still in the closet trying to come to terms with his sexuality.


Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special 1988

Watch the opening intro.

This campy classic is a special episode of Pee Wee’s Playhouse where he discusses all things Christmas through dance, music and discussion.

It includes special appearances from queer icons like Whoopi Goldberg and Cher, destined to make your Christmas celebrations one you’ll never forget.


A Very Pentatonix Christmas 2017

Hallelujah! Who doesn’t love a bit of acapella, am I right?

Pentatonix is an all-singing, show-stopping group which gets together each Christmas to perform several of our favourite Christmas songs.

Some of the members in the group are gay, and honey are they a treat to watch.


Tangerine 2015

Tangerine is a modern film about a transgender hooker (Kitana Kiki Ridriquez) who is released from prison right in time for Christmas.

She discovers her pimp boyfriend has been cheating on her and goes on the warpath in seek of revenge on Christmas Eve.


Carol 2015

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara form an undeniable bond in this lesbian film set in the 1950s.

Mara plays a professional photographer who falls in love with an older, married woman (Cate Blanchett) over the holiday period.


On behalf of all the staff and management here at QNews.com.au, we would love to wish all of our readers a very merry Christmas and a safe and enjoyable new year.


So how did we go? Did we name any of your favourite queer Christmas films?


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