This week has left a lot of at a loss of words, emotionally and mentally drained due to the tragedy in Orlando. What’s left a bunch of us even more exhausted are the responses and messages that are being plastered all over social media. It’s become a debate rooted in several different religious beliefs, people personal biases against LGBT culture and hate. I’ve seen so many hurtful and harmful messages this week that’s forced me to step back from a few of my social media channels for a bit. It’s really sad that such a tragic event has caused such division rather than unity among us as humans.

Any who, tired of having the same conversations with folks who view life from a single, narrow lens, I’ve decided to stop talking, but today on my break, I decided to watch a movie on Netflix. I made a random pick, but I thought that it was ironic that the film had an LGBT story line and I couldn’t help but shed a few tears throughout.

Jenny’s Wedding 

Plot: Jenny Farrell has led an openly gay life – except with her conventional family. When she finally decides to start a family and marry the woman they thought was just her roommate, the small, safe world the Farrells’ inhabited changes forever. They are left with a simple and difficult choice – either change with it or drown.

We Were Here 

Plot: During the 1970’s, San Francisco became a safe haven for the gay and lesbian community, providing a place where one could live openly, away from discrimination. But, after almost a decade of celebration, the city was hit by a wave of shock and grief when it became ground zero of the AIDS epidemic, with hundreds of gay men falling victim to the disease. Director David Weissman explores the incredible story of love and loss through the eyes of five men and women who experienced it firsthand.

Pariah 

Plot: Teenage Alike (Adepero Oduye) lives in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood with her parents (Charles Parnell, Kim Wayans) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse). A lesbian, Alike quietly embraces her identity and is looking for her first lover, but she wonders how much she can truly confide in her family, especially with her parents’ marriage already strained. When Alike’s mother presses her to befriend a colleague’s daughter (Aasha Davis), Alike finds the gal to be a pleasant companion.

RENT 

Plot: In this musical, set at the dawn of the 1990s, a group of New Yorkers struggle with their careers, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their community. Mark (Anthony Rapp), an aspiring filmmaker, and Roger (Adam Pascal), an HIV-positive musician, scramble for money to pay rent to their landlord and former roommate, Benny (Taye Diggs). Meanwhile, their friend Tom (Jesse L. Martin), a professor, has fallen for Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia), who is slowly dying of AIDS.

The Out List 

Plot: A documentary about being among the LGBT community in modern society, told through interviews with LGBT celebrities and community leaders.

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