June is the month of Pride, which is committed to championing and celebrating the contribution of LGBTIQ+ people. There's no better way to get involved than attending some LGBTIQ+ film screenings!

Here's our guide to film screenings both in venues and online, so if you just want to watch Pride for the 100th time (and who wouldn't), or would prefer to check out a hidden gem - we've got you covered. We'll be keeping it updated as new screenings are announced. 

Pride Film Festival
Each Tuesday of June the SCC Gender Equity Centre is hosting a free LGBTIQ+ film. They are: But I'm a Cheerleader, Naz & Maalik, Booksmart, Portrait of A Lady on Fire, and a surprise 5th title (TBC). To register visit: Pride Film Festival 2021

Destroy | Disturb | Disrupt - Decolonising Queer Desire
As part of Sheffield Doc Fest, this is a specially curated programme by Campbell X, in which Black queer filmmakers craft an intervention into desire for the Black queer body on film. To book tickets for a physical (Fri 11 June, 8.15pm at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield) or virtual screening please visit the website: Sheffield Doc Fest

Chinese Art Show: 8 Sino-Disaproic Queer Short Films
A film programme of 8 Sino-diasporic queer and cross-generational artists exploring taboos, belonging, identity, sexuality and more. When living in the west what is one’s relationship with Chinese cultural heritage, what does privileged international mobility bring, and what alternative futures are made possible when they as beings sit outside the social norm in the East. These films are available to watch until Sat 12 June 11.55pm. Book Tickets to Watch

Book Launch: Screening Queer Memory
Screening Queer Memory interrogates how contemporary cinema and television have commented on the specificity of queer memory. The book will be introduced by author Dr Anamarija Horvat and the discussion led by Dr Glyn Davis. Mon 14 June, 1pm-2.30pm, online. This event is free but please register through Eventbrite: Book Tickets

Still Thinking About the Pink Palace: The Politics of Queer Allyship
Part of the BAFTSS LGBTQ+ Screen Studies SIG Research Group Seminar Series. A seminar that considers characters from Russell T. Davies's recent Channel 4 series It’s a Sin (2021), Stephen Daldry's The Hours (2003) and more. Thu 24 June, 6pm-7pm, online with BAFTSS LGBTQ+ Screen Studies SIG Research Group.

Pride (2014) at Skipton Town Hall
Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Pride is set in summer 1984, the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person… Thu 24 June, 7pm at Skipton Town Hall 

Femme Fatale x Rose Coloured Theatre 
The youth-led Femme Fatale Film Festival supports LGBTIQ+ Filmmakers, and every month they screen and discuss a female or non-binary filmmaker's work. They're based in Canada, so it's a late start! Their next screening is Fri 25 June 2021 8pm EDT / 1am GMT

INDIs Movie Night: Ahead of the Curve 
The story of one of the most influential women in lesbian history most people have never heard of! This documentary focuses on the legacy of Curve Magazine and its creator, Franco Stevens. The magazine that helped build a foundation for many intersectional movements being led by today’s activists. Book Tickets for the INDIs Movie Night Wed 30 June, 7.00pm at Carriageworks Theatre.

Leeds Film Player
Two brand new titles that focus on LGBTIQ+ issues are available in Leeds Film Player's LIFF Selects programme for June and July. Ammonite (from 14 June) by Francis Lee (God's Own Country), Anna Kerrigan's first feature film, Cowboys (now available).
Until 31st July 2021.

Ahead of the Curve 
Also streaming online, the story of one of the most influential women in lesbian history most people have never heard of! This documentary focuses on the legacy of Curve Magazine and its creator, Franco Stevens. Originally named Deneuve, the magazine helped build a foundation for many intersectional movements being led by today’s activists. Buy or Rent Ahead of the Curve online

BBC iPlayer & All 4 LGBT Collections
Both BBC and Channel 4 have curated a queer collection that spans all genres, with highlights such as the complete first and second series of the hit US show Pose, Russell T. Davis' classic drama series Queer as Folk and recent mini-series It's A Sin, and the internationally acclaimed I May Destroy You written by and starring BAFTA winning writer and lead, Michaela Coel.

BFI Flare & LGBTIQ+ Films available on BFI Player
If you want to watch a huge range of LGBTIQ+ films in one place - then the BFI Player is where you need to be. From retrospectives, archive footage and short films to the latest features, you'll be spoilt for choice. Visit BFI Player

Leeds Queer Film Festival - Free to watch LGBTQ+ Films
To access an enormous list of queer films - all for free - download the google spreadsheet at the link below. LQFF Queer Film List

 

 

Being an ally is year-round and not just for June, so support your queer venues, and LGBTIQ+ events in your area!

For access to resources, advice or support in the West Yorkshire area please visit:
MESMAC
Trans Leeds

To read or listen to stories from queer people of all ages please visit:
West Yorkshire Queer Stories

If you're based in Leeds and organising a film screening or film related event that focuses on LGBTIQ+ issues and we've missed you out, please email leeds.film@leeds.gov.uk to let us know the details!