2021 was a great year for queer movies, but as always, we’re hoping next year will be even better.
This year saw great performances in non-queer movies by queer performers like Lady Gaga in House of Gucci and Kristen Stewart in Spencer, as well as some great queer films, including Benedetta, Flee, the Fear Street trilogy, Ride or Die, and My Name is Pauli Murray. And next year is going to be even gayer.
From the first major studio gay rom-com, to queer-inclusive horror, to Harry Styles playing a queer cop, the next year will have a ton of great LGBTQ+ content on the big screen. Here are 11 queer films coming out next year we can’t wait to see.
Billy Eichner wrote and starred in this gay rom-com with an all LGBTQ+ principal cast, including Bowen Yang, Ts Madison, Guillermo Diaz, and Luke Macfarlane as Eichner’s love interest. The movie, which is being called the first gay romantic comedy by a major studio, just wrapped filming and is scheduled to hit theaters August 22, 2022.
Alexandra Grey and Trace Lysette are starring in this indie romantic thriller set in San Francisco’s famed Tenderloin, the world’s first legally recognized transgender district. With a cast that includes RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Kylie Sonique Love and Krystal Thomas, the movie is hoping to get strong awards attention for it’s acting, directing and writing.
Inspired by Pride and Prejudice, and written by and starring Joel Kim Booster, Fire Island follows two best friends (Booster and Bowen Yang) as they embark on a weekend vacation to Fire Island along with a group of eclectic friends and a lot of rosé.
Spyglass and Hulu’s new version of Hellraiser stars trans actress Jamie Clayton as the iconic demon Pinhead. Principal photography for the film has already been shot, so get ready for this horror film to come soon!
Queer actresses Auli’i Cravalho and Rowan Blanchard star as two high school girls who fall in love in this upcoming Hulu coming-of-age film. The stars are currently garnering some attention, as Cravalho recently posted a video on TikTok calling her co-star Blanchard biphobic.
Billy Porter’s directorial debut stars Eva Reign as a high school trans girl who is asked out after the boy who has a crush on her gets some advice online. It’s based on a wonderfully sweet real-life reddit post, so we can’t wait to see how cute this high school romance is.
Jasmin Savoy-Brown plays a new queer character named Mindy in the latest Scream film, which sees original Scream writer Kevin Williamson returning to the franchise as an executive producer. Scream comes out January 14, 2022.
Premiering at Sundance, and directed by wife team Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne, Am I Ok? tells the story of best friends Jane and Lucy, when one of them gets a promotion to move to London and the other comes out as gay. The film stars Dakota Johnson and Sonoya Mizuno.
Another Sundance premiere, Framing Agnes features Zackary Drucker, Angelica Ross, Jen Richards, Silas Howard, Max Wolf Valerio, and Stephen Ira in director Chase Joynt’s look at one trans woman who participated in a gender health research study at UCLA in the 1960s. The film blends fiction and nonfiction together to bring a new look at an important part of trans history.
Keiynan Lionsdale and Dylan Sprouse will star in this romantic comedy from Lionsgate and BuzzFeed. It follows “a young man in a tricky situation, who follows the advice of his unconventional best friend and uses social media to create a fake boyfriend to keep his awful ex-lover out of his life” but then meets the person he thinks might be the real love of his life. The movie is supposed to be out in time for Pride 2022.
Harry Styles stars as a bi policeman named Tom Burgess who marries a woman played by Emma Corrin after falling in love with a man in a time when same-sex relationships were still illegal. The film then catches up with the married couple a few decades later when Tom’s former lover re-enters their life.