12 Gay Movies for the 12 Gays of Christmas

By Meridith Jenkins 

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Ah, the holidays. Family, friends, eggnog and… gay-themed movies! Find a snuggle bunny or have some friends over and check out my top 12 LGBTQ-themed holiday movies.

1.     Red Lodge

In the days leading up to Christmas, a man proposes to his boyfriend and the offer of marriage is accepted. How romantic! But then, (dun dun dun!) the offer is quickly rejected! Will these star-crossed lovers reunite or will Jack Frost chill any chance of them reuniting?

2.     The Family Stone

A family gathers for their annual holiday celebration at the home of their liberal, New England parents. One of the guests is Meredith who is played by Sarah Jessica Parker, which is almost gay enough! But those looking for an extra dose of gay will enjoy the side story about the gay son, a deaf artist, and his partner who announce to the family that they’re ready to adopt! Warning: keep a tissue box nearby for this comedy/tearjerker.

3.     Freeheld

The true story of Laurel Hester, a New Jersey police detective diagnosed with cancer who wants to leave her pension to her lover, Stacie. The case became a lynchpin for the gay marriage movement in New Jersey. With national marriage equality just over a year old, this moving film is a must-watch.

4.     Scrooge & Marley

With this adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, directors Richard Knight, Jr. and Peter Neville attempt to modernize the classic tale by putting a gay spin on it. What exactly does this mean? Why, lots of heart, fun and music, of course!

5.     Miss Richfield 1981: Fall on Your Knees Christmas Extravaganza

How can you turn down a holiday comedy show from Minnesota’s Mistress of Mayhem! This camp production showcases a spectacle of variety, live on stage from her sold out show, and comes with lots of fun music. The film also includes Miss Richfield 1981’s candid interactions with audience members at a pre-show celebration. What fun!

6.     Holiday Heart

This film carries heavier content than most holiday flicks, but it reminds us of what is important during the holiday season. Ving Rhames gives a powerful performance as Holiday, a Christian drag queen who stumbles upon a troubled family and seeks to help them while also dealing with a heartache of his own. If you’re looking for a holiday movie that will tug on your heart strings, look no further. This movie packs a little diva, too!

7.     Carol

This is the big-screen adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s lesbian novel, The Price of Salt. Socialite Carol falls for a younger shop girl in the toy section of a New York department store around Christmas of 1952. The movie follows their budding relationship during a time when the subject of two women together was the ultimate taboo. This stunning film, which stars the incomparable Cate Blanchette, is a cinematic masterpiece that captures the essence of New York in the 1950s down to the tiniest detail.

8.     Make the Yuletide Gay

Gunn is totally at ease with his sexuality when it comes to everyday life. But going home to spend the holidays with his well-meaning Midwestern parents—who have no idea that he’s gay—is a little different. Of course, his closeted charade seems to be working fine until his mom and dad try to set him up with an old female flame and his current boyfriend shows up unannounced!

9.     Home for the Holidays

Every year, Claudia dreads her trip home for Thanksgiving. Between her parents, her sardonic gay brother (a hot, young Robert Downey, Jr.) and her overdramatic sister, things are bad enough. But this year, Claudia has more angst than usual. She lost her job and is dealing with her daughter’s revelation about her sexual activities. Jodie Foster directs this fabulous ode to dysfunction!

10.  The Danish Girl

Set in mid-1920s Copenhagen, portrait artist Gerda Wegener asks her husband, popular landscape artist Einar Wegener, to stand in for a female model who is late to come to their flat to pose for a painting she's working on. The act of posing as a female unmasks Einar's lifelong identification as a woman, whom she has named Lili Elbe. This sets off a progression, first tentative and then irreversible, of leaving behind her identity as Einar, which she has struggled to maintain all her life. This emotional film follows the life of Lili as she becomes one of the first people to undergo a male-to-female sex reassignment surgery.

11.  A Tuna Christmas

This is the second in a series of comedic plays set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas—the “third-smallest” town in the state. This Christmas-themed play is both a withering satire and an affectionate commentary on small-town, southern life. Remarkably, two men play the entire cast of over 20 eccentric characters of both genders and various ages! This one is not to be missed!

12.  Diva’s Christmas Carol

A re-make of the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, this holiday movie follows cold-hearted superstar Ebony Scrooge (played by real-life diva Vanessa Williams) who gets a reality check from three Christmas spirits. Bring out your inner diva with this on

Merdeth Jenkins