7 New Queer Holiday Movies to Warm Your Cold Gay Heart
Streaming services have been making the yuletide gayer in recent years with LGBTQ holiday movies becoming more common (shhh, don't tell Candace Cameron Burre). Happiest Season, Dashing in December, and Single All the Way were gifts that stuffed our stockings, but what about this year's crop of queer Christmas movies?
Don't fret if it's too cold to go out caroling, you can still get in the festive spirit by getting cozy on the couch with these seven new queer holiday movies to stream by the fire.
Earlier this year, the movie starring Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane made Hollywood history as the first gay rom-com ever released by a major studio. Even though it wasn't marketed as a Christmas movie, there are multiple scenes set during the holiday season, including one set at a Hallheart (the Bros version of Hallmark Channel) village pop-up event, and another featuring a hilariously awkward Christmas party hookup.
Where to watch: Peacock
Merry & Gay
Broadway actress Becca (Dia Frampton) is back in her hometown for the holidays, and while there she re-ignites a romance with her high school sweetheart, Sam (Andi René Christensen) — with the help of their "meddling moms" played by Rene Christensen and Stella Parton (Dolly's sister!)
Where to Watch: Available on DIVA Box Office
Spoiler Alert, based on the 2017 memoir by Michael Ausiello, tells the heartbreaking true story of Mike (Jim Parsons) a television journalist who during a rare night out in the club meets Kit (Ben Aldridge), and it is love at first sight from across the dance floor. The two start dating and are together for almost 13 years before Kit is diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 11 months later dies at the age of 42. Christmas plays an important role in the movie as a marker of time in the relationship. There is also a bittersweet scene in the movie where the characters spend quality time watching RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular.
Where to watch: Currently playing in theaters and available for digital rental or purchase
Looking For Her
If you've already had your annual rewatch of Happiest Season, then try Looking For Her, a new lesbian rom-com about Taylor (Olivia Buckle) whose family guilt trips her into bringing her girlfriend home for the holidays. The only problem is Taylor and her girlfriend broke up, so she hires Olive (Alexandra Swarens), an actress to play her significant other. What could go wrong?
Where to watch: Available for digital rental or purchase
The Holiday Sitter
Hallmark Channel's first holiday movie centered on an LGBTQ couple tells the story of Sam (Jonathan Bennett), who is about to jet off to Hawaii for a vacay, when he receives a call from his sister asking if he can babysit her kids for the holidays. While looking after his niece and nephew he meets Jason (George Krissa), a neighbor who Sam ends up fa-la-la-la falling for. Will they don their gay apparel and kiss under the mistletoe?
Where to watch: Hallmark Channel
Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas
Dolly Parton dressed as a reindeer, need we say more? This meta musical is about the queen of country music making her own holiday TV special at Dollywood. Since Dolly's here you know the gays can't be far behind, and Mountain Magic Christmas features Bryan Batt (Mad Men) playing the writer of the holiday spectacular. Dolly's longtime creative director, Steve Summers, is on hand to help, and the special also features a new original tune, "Be That," all about celebrating what makes you special.
Where to watch: Peacock
A Christmas to Treasure
Six estranged childhood friends return to their hometown to embark on a treasure hunt orchestrated by their beloved Ms. Marley, a woman who meant a lot to the group and recently passed away. "As the search unfolds and fond childhood memories are relived, sparks fly between Austin Craig (Taylor Frey) and his former best friend Everett Matthews (Kyle Dean Massey)," reads the plot description. Will Austin and Everett kiss under the mistletoe?
Where to watch: Lifetime