Hey everyone! I’ve been in a big movie-watching MOOD lately and so the other day I thought why don’t I brainstorm a list of LGBTQ+ people whose lives should be told in biopics? Like, me + gay history = heart eyes emoji. I’M GAY FOR HISTORY TBH.
I chose to focus on five figures who are deceased, just to help me narrow down my choices, but I could totally write up a post about LGBTQ+ people are who currently living if anyone would be interested in reading that. Enjoy!
I’m totally cheating here: Apparently there was a 1997 film called Wilde starring Stephen Fry (!) in the titular role. Buuuut… well, part of me wants a more modern take on his life, and part of me just can’t see Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde. Like… at all. I like him as an actor! But I can’t envision him portraying Wilde for some reason. Anyway, I am SUPER PASSIONATE about all things Oscar Wilde because he is my Gay Dad™ and led an astonishing and often fucked up life and wrote stuff that is super fucking hilarious even today. I would die for a(nother) movie about him.
2. Josephine Baker
A loooong time ago, I mentioned that I’d love to see a YA novel written about her life and adventures. Well… why not make a movie out of that book and kill two birds with one stone?! Clearly I need to GET WRITING. From her time spent as a spy during WWII and her affair with Frido Kahlo to her work for the Civil Rights Movement and her career as a movie star, Josephine Baker is an endlessly fascinating individual and I want more people to know about her!
I’m unsurprised that a biopic about Sally Ride hasn’t been made yet; after all, it’s been not quite five years since she passed away. It would be great to see one within the next decade or so. I LOVE SPACE AND I LOVE LESBIANS AND I WANT TO WATCH MOVIES ABOUT LESBIANS IN SPACE! I mean, really, who isn’t down for another movie about astronauts?!
4. Bayard Rustin
Bayard Rustin had a big hand in organizing the March on Washington in 1963* and advised Martin Luther King Jr.! Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any well-known movies or fiction books about him. He deserves better… sigh, I wish I had enough money to fund all these biopics I’m proposing. @ HOLLYWOOD STUDIO EXECS GIVE MR. RUSTIN A MOVIE PLS AND THANK.
*I’d just like to point out that without the precedent people like Rustin set, we probably wouldn’t have had things like the Women’s March on Washington in response to Trump’s inauguration this past winter. Bayard Rustin’s hard work and careful planning showed us that organizing events on such a huge scale can be done!
5. Sylvia Rivera
Rivera was present at Stonewall and continued to serve as an activist for the transgender community up until her death in 2002. I would LOVE to see a movie about her life story, from her complicated childhood to her friendship with fellow trans activist Marsha P. Johnson.
Who are five famous (or maybe not-so-famous) LGBTQ+ individuals, living or dead, that you feel deserve to have their stories told in the form of a biopic?