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Celebrate National Coming Out Day With These 11 Movies
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The Academy

In honor of National Coming Out Day, we asked members of Academy Pride—the Academy's first LGBTQ+ centered Employee Resource Group—to name some of their favorite LGBTQ+ movies, and tell us why they resonated.

From Aimée & Jaguar to Philadelphia, we think it's an excellent, eclectic list—and a wonderful excuse to watch some great movies as we celebrate the day.

1
It's In The Water
1997
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"Watching this film at Outfest while on a date with someone who was just coming out themselves hit very close to home." -Andrea L.

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Beginners
2010
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"An end-of-life coming out story. Better late than never!" -Caroline J.

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Edge of Seventeen
1998
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Selected by Jerrell C.

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Watermelon Woman
1996
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"This film speaks to Black representation in film. Specifically Black women, and even further, Black lesbians." -Jessi J.

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Love, Simon
2018
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“Absolutely love the movie Love, Simon for being a powerful modern coming-of-age story focusing on a gay male’s personal journey of coming out and navigating what comes next. Also, really enjoyed the diversity featured in the film, both same-sex and opposite sex couples. It was moving to see how supportive the main character’s friends and family were with him coming out while posing the question as to why only gay people have to come out.” -Justin J.

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Philadelphia
1993
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"While tragic, it was also inspiring to see the homophobic lawyer begin to care, protect and love his gay client. I cried so hard at the end..." -Kathleen D.

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Aimée & Jaguar
2000
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"This film has always really resonated with me ever since the first time I saw it at Outfest. A true love story set in World War II Nazi Germany between a lesbian Jewish woman and a married housewife, who comes to terms with her identity." -Lisa G

8
Word Is Out
1978
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"An excellent, timeless documentary. I belonged to a lesbian student group in college and we all carpooled to LA to see this film, then went out dancing afterward. A memorable night." -Lynne K.

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Milk
2008
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Selected by Michael S.

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Appropriate Behavior
2014
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“This movie is special to me as a diasporic, ‘queerooni’ coming-out story that shows the complexity of navigating being a member of multiple marginalized communities (CW: transphobia, orientalism).” -Rhana T.

11
Show Me Love
1998
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"A wonderful film and a poignant, funny, and, at moments, heartbreaking portrait of self-acceptance and first love." -Taylor M.

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