LGBT(IQ) Films Dealing with HIV/AIDS

To celebrate the amazing story from Daniel Kamau, I have thought of compiling a short list of the LGBT films  that have dealt with the issue of HIV/AIDS. The tile of this post is ambitious; the list will focus more on the G part as most of the films will concentrate on gay men. But there are a few that focus on the T part. I have tried to find the links where you can watch them online.

Normal Heart

the normal heart

The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial – IMDB




Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas buyers club

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease – IMDB



Longtime Companion

longtime companionThe emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s.





An Early Frost


A young lawyer hasn’t told his parents about his homosexuality. Now he must tell them–at a time when the diagnosis was still a death sentence–that he has AIDS.


Parting Glances

Parting glances

As Michael and Robert, a gay couple in New York, prepare for Robert’s departure for a two-year work assignment in Africa, Michael must face Robert’s true motives for leaving while dealing with their circle of eccentric friends, including Nick, who is living with AIDS – IMDB



As Is

as is

Learning that a former lover has AIDS brings two gay men together again.

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The Living End


Luke is a restless and reckless drifter and Jon is a relatively timid and pessimistic film critic. Both are gay and HIV positive. After an unconventional meeting, and after Luke kills a homophobic police officer, they go on a road trip with the motto “Fuck everything – Wikipedia




When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit- IMDB




Jeffrey, a young gay man in New York, decides that sex is too much and decided to become celibate. He immediately meets the man of his dreams and must decide whether or not love is worth the danger of a boyfriend dying – IMDB



It’s My Party

it's my party

Nick (Eric Roberts), a gay, HIV-positive architect, begins to display severe symptoms of AIDS and makes preparations to kill himself before he is unable to function normally. He arranges a party to reconnect and say goodbye to his closest friends and his confused parents. But when his ex-partner, Brandon (Gregory Harrison), a television director who left Nick when he was diagnosed with HIV, shows up, what was supposed to be a celebratory event becomes much more difficult for everyone.


Todo sobre mi madre (All about my mother)

todo sobre mi madre

A Greek saying states that only women who have washed their eyes with tears can see clearly. This saying does not hold true for Manuela. The night a car ran over her son Esteban, Manuela cried until her eyes ran completely dry. Far from seeing clearly, the present and the future become mixed up in darkness. She begins looking for his father who has become a transvestite.


The Witness

the witness

A 2007 French drama film set in Paris in 1984, exploring the lives of a closely knit group of friends who are impacted with the sudden outbreak of the AIDS epidemic.



I am sure there are other films that I have left out. If you know any please comment and I will add them to the list. I hope this will create more awareness and show what has been covered concerning the HIV/AIDS topic in the world of cinema.

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