While there are a handful of Holiday & Christmas films that feature queer lead characters or storylines, there are even more that continue to use the “gay” character as the sidekick/best friend/brother/et al trope. They’re only “kinda queer”.
There’s a handful of reasons for this:
- Some are older films and harken back to the days where a gay or queer lead character or main plot was not welcome by major motion picture studios. But, as if they were ticking of a P.C. Checklist, they included a “gay” character just to pretend like they cared about representation. Even outside of the specific niche of Christmas films, this only goes back about a decade or two and still is greatly underrepresented.
- Many Christmas films are made for TV/streaming networks (Hallmark, Lifetime, Netflix). While TV networks have always been a bit more forward with queer characters compared to major studio, it’s only THIS year in 2020 did they finally give us a queer Christmas film with a queer lead or main storyline (and it looks like one still might not be a “Queer film”!)
- The handful of truly Queer Christmas films are by independent studios. Sadly, they don’t often have the marketing budgets or outreach to compete with the major studios in theatres. As such, they often get overlooked by general society.
Yes, all of these films do have a gay/lesbian/queer character. Or they might have a gay/queer side story. But does that mean the actual film is deserving of the title “Queer Film”? Let’s take a quick look at some of them – and why I say they are NOT queer films!
[Note: these films do not, and probably will not, get a full review from QueerFilmReviews]