Top 10: Best Performances of LGBTQ+ Characters From This Decade


To kick off Pride Month, this list celebrates ten of the best portrayals of LGBTQ+ characters in the recent decade. While there have been great portrayals beforehand, this decade has made some admirable progressive strides. For instance, transgender actors are gaining traction, while portrayals of queer people of color continue to grow more prominent.

There is still progress to be made, since the conversation surrounding straight actors playing gay roles carries on. Plus, the LGBTQ+ community still doesn’t have a Marvel or DC superhero to represent them, outright. A lack queer representation is a problem that can’t be fixed overnight, but some of these performances provide indications of more inclusion in the future.

20Emma Stone as Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes” (2017)

19dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

18Kim Min-Hee as Lady Hideko in “The Handmaiden” (2016)

17dir. Park Chan-Wook

16Thure Lindhardt as Erik in “Keep the Lights On” (2012)

15dir. Ira Sachs

14Daniela Vega as Marina in “A Fantastic Woman” (2017)

13dir. Sebastian Lelio

12Pierre Deladonchamps as Franck in “Stranger by the Lake” (2014)

11dir. Alain Guiraudie

10Mya Taylor as Alexandra in “Tangerine” (2015)

9dir. Sean Baker

8Chris New as Glen and Tom Cullen as Russell in “Weekend” (2011)

7dir. Andrew Haigh

6Ashton Sanders as Teenage Chiron in “Moonlight” (2016)

5dir. Barry Jenkins

4Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird in “Carol” (2015)

3dir. Todd Haynes

2Timothee Chalamet as Elio in “Call Me By Your Name” (2017)

1dir. Luca Guadagnino