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19 LGBTQ+ movies + shows to stream with your teen during Pride month

Plus, how to have a convo about gender identity + sexuality.

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As kids begin to explore gender identity and sexuality, having an initial conversation about it can feel challenging. Albeit difficult, it is a very vital step in their development. In fact, having these discussions with your children is important because it gives them the right information, sets the foundation of trust and understanding and most importantly, teaches children how to respect everyone.

"A great jumping off point is to explain they do not need to decide about their sexual orientation now, and to try and normalize the diversity of sexual orientations by exposing them to appropriate role models of different sexual orientations," says Dr. Lea Lis, Adult and Child Double-Board Psychiatrist. "This will demonstrate how they can be happy, no matter how they may define themselves today or in the future. In other words, they should be proud of who they may become no matter what and ignore the bullies as he/she knows nothing about how awesome gay/transgender people are."



Once you've initiated the conversation, check out these movies and shows that offer a full scope of LGBTQ+ cinema. Some are outwardly popular and others offer subtle LGBTQ+ undertones, but they all embark on understanding the challenges and realities of the LGBTQ+ community. And you're in luck because most are available on Hulu, Netflix or HBO, too.

From documentaries to classics and comedies, we've got you covered. Here are LGBTQ+ movies to watch with your teen now:

Andi Mack

Age: 10+

This Disney channel television show features diversity in teenage friendships.

Modern Family

Age: 12+

This comedic sitcom highlights three families of different makeups, including a gay male couple with an adopted daughter, says Lis. "It also includes interracial families, which is another great discussion to have with children," she says.

Love Simon

Age: 13+

In this love story, Simon comes to terms with his sexuality, which he has been keeping a secret. The romantic comedy addresses dating, online dating (and relationships and bullying), underage drinking and coming out in high school. "It is a great movie for role modeling," says Lis.

Camp

Age: 13+

At Camp Ovation, teens spend their summer discovering sexual identity while away from their parents. This one is great for teens and young adults.

Freak Show

Age: 13+

This coming-of-age story features a gay teen who moves to a new school and is faced with compromising his identity. "This is a great film to address confidence, breaking out of stereotypes such as toxic masculinity, and the power of claiming one's identity," says Lis.

Three to Tango

Age: 13+

A romantic comedy film about a highly successful career man who hires a supposedly gay man to spy on his wife. Little does he know, the spy will fall in love with his spouse.

Rent

Age: 13+

The adaptation of the 1996 Broadway musical showcases the effects of the AIDS epidemic within the New York City community.

Prayers for Bobby

Age: 13+

Mary Griffith, a devout Christian, works hard to change her son's sexuality, but when his depression leads to suicide, she has a change of heart and becomes a gay rights activist.

A Secret Love

Age: 13+

This Netflix documentary highlights a same-sex couple that fell in love in the 1940s and had a secret relationships for 72 years. "Parents can talk about why the LGBTQ community has faced discrimination, and why they had to hide their love," says Lis.

I Am Jazz

Age: 13+

This is a show about transgender teen and serves as a great jumping off point for a discussion about being transgender.

Moonlight

Age: 15+

Follow the pitfalls and successes of a southern Black gay man from childhood to adulthood.

Paris is Burning

Age: 15+

A documentary that chronicles the life of drag queens living in New York City.

Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

Age: 15+

As Henry Gamble celebrates his 17th birthday, he learns the inner workings of alcoholism and faith while being a preacher's son.

The Birdcage

Age: 15+

"This is a heartwarming family story," says Lis. "It is not only funny, but discusses why people felt they had to hide sexuality in the closet. It showcases how things have changed from 1996 until now."

Vita & Virginia

Age 15+

A story about authors Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West meeting in London and falling in love during the 1920s, despite being married to men.

Pride

Age: 15+

This English drama is set in the U.K. and is based on a true story. It is a heartwarming story through a historical lens during the Miners strike in the 1980s, focused on the gay and lesbian activists, says Lis.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Age: 15+

This film is based on the contemporary fiction book by Stephen Chbosky. It focuses on being alienate as a teen, and the bullying and alienation for gay teens and introverts.

MILK

Age: 16+

This is a documentary about Harvey Milk, who was a champion for gay rights and was assassinated. While watching this film encourage your teen to talk about what Harvey Milk stood for, including the pros and cons, and discuss what has changed since 1978.

Tangerine

Age: 16+

A transgender sex worker learns her boyfriend has been cheating on her while she was in jail, and now she's on a mission to seek revenge.


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These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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