Since “Booksmart” premiered at SXSW, it has been receiving near universal acclaim. Among the various elements, it has been praised for is its queer representation. A number of mainstream coming-of-age narratives tend to come from the perspective of a heterosexual protagonist, making “Booksmart” feel like the progressive alternative.
However, “Booksmart” is not as rare a case as audiences might think. There have been a number of effective stories about LGBTQ+ youth that haven’t received the recognition they deserve. Because most of them are on a smaller scale distribution-wise, they’ve had trouble finding an audience. This list, which celebrates ten of the best queer coming-of-age stories, acknowledges both unsung gems and films with widespread acclaim.