GLAAD contributor Sergio A. Lopez is a proud gay who bounces between Mexico City, San Antonio, and Washington, DC. He’s the founder of the legendary gay Latino bookclub, “Los Bookis.” He never misses a Mexico soccer match, friendly or competitive and will be at peace when Mexico finally wins the World Cup.
There are so many great queer Latinx films worth revisiting, or watching for the first time, this Pride. Including scripted and documentary work, these films showcase the creativity, talent, and artistic vision of LGBTQ filmmakers, actors and storytellers within the Latinx community — a demographic that’s often underrepresented in Hollywood.
And no, I haven’t watched all of the queer Latinx movies out there but I’ve seen plenty. Below are the some of the films that have made an impact in the U.S., Latin America and across the globe.
Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Woman) – Chile, 2017
This film immediately received universal praise and went on to win Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. The film tells the story of Marina Vidal, a transgender woman played by Daniela Vega, who faces profound challenges and discrimination following the sudden death of her older boyfriend, Orlando.“A Fantastic Woman” serves as an important and moving exploration of the transgender experience, shedding light on the need for empathy, understanding, and acceptance in a world that can be unforgiving to those who dare to be themselves.
Y tu mama también (And Your Mother Too) – Mexico, 2001
A coming-of-age film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Set against the backdrop of the political and social changes in Mexico during the late 1990s, the film follows two teenage friends, Julio and Tenoch, played by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. This film is known for its raw and honest portrayal of adolescence and sexuality, capturing the complexities and contradictions of youth. This film is a provocative and thought-provoking film that delves into the universal themes of love, friendship, and the search for identity. The soundtrack to this film is also A+.
Mosquita y Mari – USA, 2012
Set in Los Angeles, the story revolves around two Chicana teenage girls, Yolanda “Mosquita” and Mari, who navigate the complexities of friendship, identity, and sexual awakening. “Mosquita y Mari” is a heartfelt and intimate portrayal of friendship and self-exploration, capturing the nuances of adolescence and the complexities of identity in a sensitive and authentic manner. It offers a poignant exploration of the lives of two young Latina girls as they navigate their journeys of self-discovery and understanding in a world that often seeks to limit their possibilities.
Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (The Way He Looks) – Brazil
The film tells the story of Leonardo, a blind teenager, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery, friendship, and love. It explores themes of friendship, identity, and the search for acceptance. It sensitively portrays Leo’s experiences as a blind teenager, highlighting the challenges he faces in a sighted world and his desire for independence. The film also tackles issues of sexual awakening and coming out, as Leo confronts his own sexuality and the reactions of those around him.
Mucho, Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado – USA/Puerto Rico, 2020
Released in 2020, the film chronicles the life and legacy of the iconic Puerto Rican astrologer and TV personality, Walter Mercado. It celebrates Mercado’s extraordinary life, his connection with millions of fans around the world, and his unwavering message of love and positivity. The documentary serves as a reminder of the power of authenticity, self-expression, and embracing one’s true self.