9 Best New Gay Movies On Netflix Streaming

Lilting, Sordid Lives and the film that inspired the creation of the Trevor Project.

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We round up the newest and best gay movies to hit Netflix instant streaming since the last time we did this, in January. We narrowed down the selections according to Rotten Tomatoes scores, nixing ones that got one of those green-spooge ratings. This does not apply to Sordid Lives, however, which is an amazingly hilarious film—a gay classic!—which only pulled in a critic rating of 37 percent. Blasphemy!

Check out the full list below. Hopefully it’ll keep you entertained as we eek through these last few weeks of winter.


Bedrooms and Hallways: “To get over his failed relationships, gay Leo enters group therapy, where he comes clean about his feelings for a straight member of the group.” Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Birthday Cake: “A feature-length comedy that follows the three days leading up to the first birthday party of a child with two gay parents: television actor Steven James and his screenwriter husband, Daniel Ferguson. This is a movie about the family we are born into and the family we create.” Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% (audience score)

Clapham Junction: “This drama inspired by true events takes place over 36 hours in the Clapham Common area of London, where residents band together after a series of brutal assaults on gay men. In the midst of the crisis, the lives of five strangers become intertwined.” Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65% (audience score)

Inspired: The Voices Against Prop 8: “In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, revoking marriage rights for same-sex couples. The following day in Los Angeles, a movement was born.” Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83% (audience score)

Lilting: “Lilting features intensely moving performances by Asian cinema’s legend Cheng Pei Pei as Junn, an immigrant mother grieving the untimely death of her only son Kai (Andrew Leung), and Ben Whishaw as her son’s lover, Richard. Jun’s grieving is disrupted by Richard’s visits and his attempts to communicate are first met with distrust. Richard hires Vann, a young translator, who helps piece together the tender memories of the man they both loved.” Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!: “Shirley and Martin Hirsch (Lainie Kazan and Saul Rubinek) are thrilled to discover that their nice Jewish son Nelson (John Lloyd Young) has a mysterious significant other — until they find out that the secret lover is his live-in boyfriend, Angelo (Jai Rodriguez). Dismayed by the revelation, the parents bounce between confusion, blame and shame, until Nelson and Angelo announce they intend to adopt a baby. Evgeny Afineevsky directs this comedy.” Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63% (audience score)

Sordid Lives: “Deftly skewering redneck society, Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges and Delta Burke head the cast in this uproarious satire of Texas white-trash culture.” Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37% (critics are crazy!)

Trevor: “Knowing for certain that he’s gay doesn’t make it any easier for Trevor (Brett Barsky) to accept it. So when his classmates find out that he has a crush on another boy, it pushes Trevor to the end of his rope in this Academy Award-winning live-action short. Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres introduces this pensive film from director Peggy Rajski and writer James Lecesne, which examines the harsh realties of teen sexuality.” Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77% (audience rating)

Vito: “This documentary explores the life and work of activist Vito Russo, who wrote The Celluloid Closet, which examines movie portrayals of homosexuals. Russo was a powerful force in gay politics and AIDS awareness before dying of the disease in 1990.” Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89% (audience score)