Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos Courtesy of Hulu, Netflix, The Weinstein Company via TUBI, and Trademark Channel
This list was originally released in 2021. It has actually been upgraded with more films.
Not too long ago, LGBTQ + individuals who wished to see themselves represented in holiday movies might either (a) pretend or (b) choose a second-rate movie with a queer character
who had extremely few lines, aspiration, or advancement.
Early in the contemporary queer vacation canon, 2005’s The Household Stone, which stars gay icon Sarah Jessica Parker as a( shocker) snobby New Yorker spending the vacations at her sweetheart’s household home, became a queer hit for its B-plot gay couple with aspirations to adopt an infant. And while the movie is still worth an annual watch, a lot more has actually occurred in seasonal movie theater given that SJP’s renowned spilled-strata scene with matriarch Diane Keaton. That is, gay and lesbian Christmas movies in fact center queer individuals now– same-sex vacation revelers crush and fall in love, break up, restore love, and simply live the very same celebratory December existence every heterosexual (or closeted) character has gotten for, well, ever.
Now if we might just
a clever, well-written, celebrity-cast lesbian Hanukkah rom-com.
Trademark’s first-ever gay Christmas love is a sparkly, trope-y film about the virtues of settling down and starting a family in a flashy world where homophobia does not exist. Sam( Jonathan Bennett of Mean Ladies fame– expect an excellent recommendation), a self-employed Manhattan workaholic “service supervisor,” plans to jet off to Hawaii for Christmas but is instead summoned to the feared residential areas to babysit his niece and nephew. Close by, handsome single-gay-father-aspiree Jason (George Krissa) studies an adoption handout in his festively embellished estate while his doting mama consoles him through phone from her house across the street. Thankfully for the bachelors, Sam employs Jason as an “uncle specialist” to assist him survive 4 days with little kids. The Holiday Sitter is a hectic, feel-good, family-friendly vacation film assimilating the queers into the suburban dreamscape.
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Holiday Sitter premieres on the Hallmark Channel on Sunday, December 11.
Christin Baker’s( Christmas at the Ranch, Season of Love– both on this list )latest queer vacation film is the very first Christmas love with a nonbinary lead. Broadway star Becca Winters( Dia Frampton) takes a break from the stage to spend a month back home in Evergreen, Tennessee, where her childhood buddy and puppy love, Sam Sheridan (Andi René Christensen), still works at their household’s bar as a trivia host and butch-of-all-trades. Although the two have not spoken in years, their mothers choose to intensely meddle and reunite the set assisted by the reality that Becca will be directing the town’s Christmas pageant, where Sam runs the one-person team (naturally). The two rapidly reignite their relationship though struggle to find out how they still fit into each other’s lives. It’s a campy romp– with initial songs– that follows a big-city success who doesn’t have to compromise her dreams for (queer) love.
Readily available to stream on queen Ticket office.
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Available to stream on Hulu and Life time.
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Available to stream on Peacock and Tubi.
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=” clay-paragraph” data-editable=” text” data-uri=” www.vulture.com/_components/clay-paragraph/instances/ckwz3ea1m00133e6gs4z5xfxw@published” data-word-count=” 117″ > A hyperfamiliar, maybe way-too-overdone heteronormative plot flipped to be gay? So! Here! For! It! Netflix’s first true gay Christmas movie (2019’s Let It Snow has an adorable queer-teen subplot) follows plant daddy Peter (Michael Urie) as he heads home to New Hampshire with his best friend and pretend sweetheart, Nick (Philemon Chambers), to prevent his mom’s (Kathy Najimy) unpleasant about his perpetual single status. A Christmas-loving mommy who can’t wait on her wholesome kid to satisfy a great man? So much so that she provides him a blind date with a hot person as an early present? Too cute. The friends-to-pretend-lovers-to-actual-lovers plot is only sweetened by the lovely look of Jennifer Coolidge as the cool, sex-positive auntie.
Offered to stream on Netflix.
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Offered to stream on Hulu.
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=” clay-paragraph” data-editable=” text” data-uri=” www.vulture.com/_components/clay-paragraph/instances/ckwz3eak100173e6g0cv3k0dc@published” data-word-count=” 141″ > Lifetime’s first gay Christmas motion picture is a love story in between (surprise!) 2 cis, white, quite in shape men (who are spouses in reality!), however it still has its benefits. Manhattan attorney Hugo (Ben Lewis) returns house to Milwaukee with his eccentric friend, Madelyn (Ellen Wong), to hang with his pushy mommy, (Fran Drescher), for a really joyful week leading up to Christmas. Naturally, Hugo runs into his teenage crush, Patrick (Blake Lee), now a tech billionaire who spends his time volunteering. With some nudging from his mother, Hugo captures feelings for Patrick while trying to conserve his area’s historical train station. Formulaic in the best sense, this 90-minute film proved that the holiday rom-com is without a doubt queer friendly and that it’s just necessary to tell heartfelt same-sex romance in the exact same format as decades of heteronormative romances.
Offered to stream on Life time.
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Offered to lease on Tello.
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Available to stream on Freevee and Tubi.