Friends, Lesflicks fans, viewers, and readers! This Thursday is a very special day. No, not because it’s almost the weekend. So you’re wondering–what is happening on Thursday and why does it matter? This Thursday October 15th, 2020 is Spirit Day, the annual worldwide awareness holiday to support LGBTQ+ youth and take a stand against LGBTQ-related bullying and harassment.

Observed on the 3rd Thursday of October and hosted by GLAAD, Spirit Day was founded in 2010 by a Canadian teenager named Brittany McMillan in response to a rash of widely publicized bullying-related suicides of LGBTQ+ school students and youths. The call to action? The color purple. Observers, allies, and people who stand against bullying wear this color as a visible sign of support for LGBTQ youth and to protest bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month, as well as to honor victims of suicide. You might be thinking, this is 2020! The LGBTQ+ community has made great strides in the last few decades. Do we still even need a Spirit Day? Did you know that about 70% of LGBTQ students report being verbally harassed? Or that 48.7% have experienced cyberbullying? You can find more statistics here, but the point is, our LGBTQ+ youth and teenagers deserve to be protected and uplifted! That’s why we are sharing this film list about LGBTQ+ youth with you, and encouraging you to take the pledge to stop bullying this Thursday October 15th. You can wear the color purple, change your Facebook photo frame, or post about it on your social media. Whether you are lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, nonbinary, or however you identify, we encourage you to celebrate Spirit Day and go purple with us! Find out more on how to participate and support the cause.

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Have you heard of any of these lesbian and bisexual films? Take a look and see which might grab your interest, and which might become your new favorites! Tag us on social media and tell us what you think of this #LesflicksFilmList. You can interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Kisses in the Wind (2015)

SynopsisDana is a young girl at a pivotal time in her life; she is beginning to have feelings for women. Troubled by her innate yearning to be held by a woman, Dana turns to the church for guidance and help. Her decision to seek God, rather than follow her heart will send her on an emotional roller-coaster, and reveal the teachings of hate in today’s society. In the end, Dana will challenge the teachings, and blossom into the woman she was destined to be.

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Practical Things (2013)

Synopsis: Two girls, first love, superglue and Robert Frost.

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Girl Knight (2016)

Synopsis: Isabel, a fiery redhead armed with a sword and donning an armored helmet everywhere she goes, meets Delilah, an equally disillusioned goth girl, one day in detention at school. The two girls find strength in each other, share a first kiss in a graveyard, and defy controlling family members that try and stand in the way of their newly discovered love.

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Fear of Water (2016)

Synopsis:  Two teenage girls with parallel lives but coming from different socio-economic backgrounds meet one summer to discover friendship and a sexual awakening.

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Rafiki (2019)

Synopsis: “Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

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Penance (2020)

SynopsisWhen LGBTQ Teens get taken to a conversion therapy camp, after the terrors of their reparative counseling the Teens decide to take matters in their own hands and take their justice on Father Luna.

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Jane (2020)

Synopsis: Imogen, a young bisexual girl, deals with the difficulties of sexuality and unrequited love.

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Keep On 

SynopsisBased on a song by Sheila Houlahan, but reworked and re-recorded to include her poetry, Keep On is a story about connection and belonging — not with others, but with ourselves. What do you wish you tell your younger self? How would you hold them, that person who seems both so far away and so close? How would you convince them that they’re not defined by their pain?

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Maricruz (2018)

Synopsis: When her devoutly Catholic mother walks in on her and her girlfriend, a 15-year-old girl is sent to the local church to undergo conversion therapy; while there, she discovers the priest who runs the program harbors a dark secret and fights to expose him.

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Of course, we wish we had more films to share, but we think the variety is pretty good! There are faith films, sweet lesbian romances, and coming of age stories. So tell us, now that you’ve seen our Spirit Day #LesflicksFilmList, what films will you be checking out now? Why not check out some of our other list articles

Remember, let us know what you think on our social media using the hashtag #LesflicksFilmList! Who knows, your friends and followers might discover a new favorite film. And don’t forget to #gopurple for Spirit Day Thursday Oct 15th!

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Written By Shawna

Written By Shawna

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Independent screenwriter and director with the focus of telling stories for and about women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized groups.

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