Top Ten LGBTQ Mental Health Films

Posted by Amber Adams | Jun 22, 2017 | Top 10 Lists | 0 |

It’s June, and we all know what that means…. Pride Month! And this being a mental health oriented site, plus the fact that I’m a lesbian, equals you’re about to read my top ten films that revolve around the combination of mental health and the LGBT community.

I know what you’re thinking, are there even that many movies that cross combine both of these topics into one glorious piece of cinema? To that I answer, does my new bikini wax come with a money back guarantee? Dope!

Crazy (2017) 

In 2011, Eric, a diagnosed schizophrenic, faced a critical choice – whether to comply with traditional mental health treatment or follow his own path to wellness. CRAZY explores both sides of the story. Eric argues passionately for the right to make his own medical decisions. Depositions of the county’s evaluating psychologist, and social worker shows us how and why they feel forced treatment is necessary. And he appeals it in court. So good!

Closet Monster (2015)

Suffering from PTSD after witnessing a homophobic murder, an artistic gay teenager is driven to escape from his hometown. It’s a little known Canadian gem.

Tarnation (2003)

The first of two documentaries on this list and it’s terrific. Collecting decades’ worth of home movies and videotapes, answering machine messages and family snapshots, the film documents both the mental illness of his mother, Renee, and Caouette’s own early recognition of his homosexuality. Part doc and part acid trip.

Party Monster (2003)

Based on the true story of a gay club promoter Michael Alig, a Club Kid party organizer whose life was sent spiraling down when he maniacally bragged on television about psychotically killing his drug dealer and roommate. He is a true Psychopath, and I know many. And it has Macaulay Culkin in it!!

Gia (1998)

The life of Gia Carangi, a top gay fashion model in NYC. From her meteoric rise to the forefront of the modeling industry, to her struggle with mental illness (BPD), addiction, and her untimely death from Aids. It stars a young Angelina Jolie, and that’s all I have to say about that because I love her.

Monster (2003)

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a psychotic lesbian who’s a prostitute that became a serial killer. It stars Charlize Theron, and it’s the role that won her an Oscar for best actress.

To Wong Foo, Thank for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

Two seasoned drag queens and one narcissistic new queen travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town. This movie is just fun, and it has Patrick Swayze in drag. This will only mean something to you if you loved Dirty Dancing as much as I did.

After Louie (2017)

A disillusioned narcissistic gay artist immerses himself in a project meant to commemorate the gay community and the AIDS crisis but gets lost in his anger towards a younger generation that doesn’t appreciate him. It stars Alan Cumming, and he’s fantastic.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a psychotic drag queen. I mean, this had to be on the list. D’uh!

Walk Away Renee (2012)

Gay Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette uses musical montages and psychedelic sequences to document a road trip through the past and present with his mentally ill mother, alongside his very supportive boyfriend. Another trippy installment by Caouette.

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Photo Credit By Helder Ribeiro

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Amber Adams

Amber Adams is a reformed bad bitch. After an epic meltdown shortly after college (there may have been an arrest involved...) she read "Think and Grow Rich" and decided to pivot into the Corporate world. After quitting three jobs by throwing chairs at coworkers, she was diagnosed with Manic Depression and is now living a happy and healthy life sitting on chairs instead of throwing them. She is a self-help junkie who uses humor to cope with her three drastically different sisters, her girlfriend and life in general. Amber is still definitely from an Auto City, but she also backpacked Thailand for a month once - so she has an enlightened vibe about her. But maybe that's just the meds.

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