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    16 Amazing Queer BIPOC Films You Need To Watch ASAP

    Here are some LGBTQ+ films that you probably never heard of with everything you need about the intersectionality of sexual identity and culture.

    Tom Hanks holding his Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia

    So you've seen a handful of Academy Award-winning performances from movies of heterosexual, cis-gendered men and women pretending to be lesbian, gay, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+). Maybe even your new favorite TV show has one questionably gay character. 

    It's time to do better. As you would see with recent comments from misinformed comedians like Dave Chapelle in his newest Netflix special, we seem to forget the importance of intersectionality.

    LGBTQ+ representation in media has continued to rise in recent years, with recognition entering spaces never seen before. Representation improves, but the diversity within this present community is lacking.

    There is a lack of colorful representation in this rainbow on the big screen. Queer Black, Indigenous, and people of color, or "QBIPOC" are often omitted from the conversation of LGBTQ+ representation, while navigating the struggle of their oppressed ethnicity, culture, and their persecuted sexual identities. The desire to remain faithful to where they come from creates a battle against who they choose to love.

    If you don't believe me, let me remind you of the epic fail of one of the most important nights of QBIPOC representation in cinematic history.

    For decades, many filmmakers attempted to shed light on the forgotten conversations of the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, and sexuality. These overlooked films might not all involve queer actors (that needs to change), but they introduce the paradox of BIPOC inclusivity and sexuality. You might have missed these movies. Allow me to help you out.

    Here's my list of the 16 queer BIPOC films you need to watch immediately:

    1. The Watermelon Woman (1996)

    2. Dear Ex (2018)

    3. The Third Party (2016)

    image of a woman looking away

    4. Tangerine (2015)

    from left: Mya Taylor, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez

    5. Pariah (2011)

    from left: Kim Wayans, Adepero Oduye,

    6. Moonlight (2016)

    from left: Jharrel Jerome, Ashton Sanders,

    7. Fire (1996)

    8. Mosquita y Mari (2012)

    l-r: Fenessa Pineda, Venecia Troncoso

    9. Beautiful Boxer (2003)

    two people boxing

    10. Mississippi Damned (2009)

    image of a woman crying

    11. Saving Face (2004)

    image of a woman looking outside

    12. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

    Gordon Warnecke, Daniel Day-Lewis, standing outside looking at each other

    13. O Fantasma (2000)

    image of a man taking a shower

    14. Happy Together (1997)

    image of a man resting his head on another man in a car

    15. Strawberry and Chocolate (1994)

    from left: Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra,

    16. Looking for Langston (1989)

    a man laughing while looking at the screen