7 Movies To Help You Celebrate National Pride Month

7 Movies To Help You Celebrate National Pride Month

Celebrate Pride Month, either alone or with your significant other with LGBT movies
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National Pride Month kicks off in June, and while there are not quite as many LGBT movies out in the open, there are right many that are noteworthy. Here are just a few of the lesser known, or lesser appreciated movies that feature LGBT characters, both historical and fictional.

1. Howl (2010)

  • Allen Ginsberg is a beat poet of the 1950s who is infamous for his obscene poems, one of which went to trial due to its context. "Howl," the film, follows Ginsberg as he tells the meaning behind his poem of the same name, as the poem itself stands on trial for obscenities. The film details the reasoning behind the poem as well as Ginsberg’s own love interest as he tells his story of his many boyfriends and lovers and how they helped to shae "Howl" into the piece it is today and is accompanied by vivid animation as well as readings from the literature itself. The film is directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and stars Aaron Tveit of Graceland, Jon Hamm of Mad Men, and James Franco as Allen Ginsberg. This film is rated R. Click HERE for the trailer.

2. Velvet Goldmine (1998)

  • Set in the 1970s and 1980s, young journalist, Arthur Stuart, is assigned the job to investigate the staged assassination of bisexual glam rock singer Brian Slade. Throughout the investigation, Stuart meets Brian’s former lovers, partners, and managers, as well as relives his own self discovery through the information he receives. "Velvet Goldmine" is loosely based off of artists such as David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Iggy Pop, and Brian Eno, and paints a vivid image of the sexual liberation living within the decades where glitter eye make up was the scene. "Velvet Goldmine" also incorporates many aspects of pop culture and classic literature in the music choices as well as using lines from author, Oscar Wilde, as dialogue to emphasize sexuality. and The film is directed by Todd Haynes, and stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers of Tudors, Ewan McGregor of Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast, and Trainspotting, former batman, Christian Bale, and Eddie Izzard. "Velvet Goldmine" is rated. Click HERE for the trailer.

3. Carol (2015)

  • Also directed by Todd Haynes is "Carol". "Carol" is a 2015 movie adapted from the novel, The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. The story follows lesbian couple Therese Belivet, played by Rooney Mara, and Carol Aird, played by Cate Blanchett, in 1950s New York as their lover affair grows. Although the couple love each other dearly, the two are forced to keep their relationship under wraps as Therese is still discovering herself and her sexuality while also handling current flames, and Carol is trying to maintain custody of her daughter in the midst of divorce. Highsmith based the story loosely off of her own life, although she had to release the book under the pseudonym "Claire Morgan". "Carol" is rated R. Click HERE for the trailer.

4. Milk (2008)

  • Sean Penn stars as politician, Harvey Milk, as he campaigns to become the first openly gay elected official of California. The film is also based off of the true story of Harvey Milk and his short lived political career, following from his fortieth birthday to his assassination, with readings of his famous “Give them Hope!” speech. The movie was directed by Gus Van Sant and stars James Franco, Josh Brolin, and Sean Penn. "Milk" is rated R. Click HERE for the trailer.

5. The Imitation Game (2014)

  • During World War II, mathematician, Alan Turing, is part of a hired group of individuals who are put in charge of defeating the enigma- a Germanic code used for messages during the war. Combined with scenes from Alan’s present, viewers see some of his past as a young boy, as well as how his life turns out after the war has ended. "The Imitation Game" was nominated for numerous awards in the 2015 oscars, including best lead actor, best supporting actress, best score, and best picture overall. It was directed by Morten Tyldum and stars Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch. "The Imitation Game" is rated PG 13. Click HERE for the trailer.

6. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

  • Centered around the 1980s aids crisis, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof, portrayed by Matthew McConaughey attempts to bypass the system and distribute drugs illegally to patients in hopes of curing their disease. Woodruff is joined by Rayon, a trans woman who also has the disease and is portrayed by Jared Leto. It should be noted that this casting choice was controversial for a short time, but Leto’s performance is breathtaking and he deserves recognition for the hardships he had to portray. The film is rated a heavy R. Click HERE for the trailer.

7. I Love you Phillip Morris (2009)

  • After realizing he is gay, a cop turned Con man, Steven Russell (played by Jim Carrey) is arrested and thrown into prison, only to meet the (second) love of his life, Philip Morris (played by Ewan McGregor). It is based on a true story, following all of Steven’s antics of repeated identity theft as he stops at nothing to be with Phillip, despite Philip's disapproval. "I Love You Phillip Morris" is one of those romantic comedies that is cheesy that can borderline tacky, but the story line is entertaining and leaves you wondering just what comes next for the couple. "I Love You Phillip Morris" is rated R. Click HERE for the trailer.






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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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