For so long, good queer cinema was virtually non-existent or played into tired, tokenizing tropes. Even with that in mind, most mainstream cinema has centered on heteronormative storylines for decades. Sure, the scarcity still has you scavenging through some painful storylines from time to time, but with all that digging eventually comes gold. Watch Now. Directed by Alice Wu and starring an Asian-American lead, the film displays some much-needed representation in young adult-oriented queer cinema. This heartwarming Bollywood romantic comedy-drama tells the story of Sweety, a young Punjabi woman and closeted lesbian, on her quest for acceptance from her family.
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The Hallmark Channel will for the first time ever feature a holiday movie about an LGBT couple as a part of this year's popular "Countdown to Christmas" lineup. The movie, titled "The Christmas House," starring Jonathan Bennett of "Mean Girls," will spotlight a storyline about "a gay couple looking to adopt their first child," the network announced in a statement Wednesday, according to People. This year's movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, narratives, and families," said Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming. Though not a surprise — Hallmark had telegraphed the coming of a holiday film featuring gay leads for months — the move nonetheless marks a major shift in the network's programming. Over the last several years, the channel, often considered the last beacon of conservative entertainment on cable television, became almost synonymous with traditional, family-friendly programming, especially around the holidays. As such, the channel's decision to show a movie with an LGBT storyline will likely be perceived as the ultimate act of caving to the cultural left. Last year, Hallmark Channel leadership waffled amid pressure from the left after it pulled ads featuring a same-sex wedding.
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In , we pondered what it would be like to see a same-sex couple grace the Hallmark channel in their annual holiday movie lineup. Earlier this year, we reported that Lifetime is releasing their first Christmas film featuring a romance between two men. And Hulu is debuting a Kristen Stewart-led holiday flick about Stewart's character going home with her girlfriend for the holidays and chaos ensues. And finally, finally , Hallmark is hopping on the bandwagon. The Christmas House , a brand new movie on the Hallmark Channel's Christmas schedule, features a married gay couple at the helm.
Each season, eager fans are excited to see which leads are paired together and how much chemistry they will or won't have. Still, some male leads have become some of the channel's most beloved and dependable stars, sweeping a Christmas-loving woman off her feet each holiday season or falling in love with a single mom and her precocious child. And if they do it while wearing a fair isle sweater and drinking a hot cocoa with a candy cane sticking out of it? Completely irresistible.