It’s been a few days since Halloween, and that means our collective mandatory transition to the Holidays is already underway. Sorry, we don’t make the rules. But before you spend the next month (at least) untangling that ball of string lights buried in the back of your closet, let’s take a look at how 2021’s upcoming queer holiday films are comparing to last year’s extremely gay yuletide.
Amazon Prime – December 17th
This romantic comedy miniseries follows the Diaz siblings, Lily and Jorge, as they navigate family gatherings while looking for love. Included among the Hispanic cast are a gay couple and a transgender love story.
Showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett commented in an interview with Variety: “I started writing as a way to create characters and stories that represented myself and the community I love. After such a heavy year, there was nothing I wanted more than to see a happy, warm, loving family that looked like mine, celebrating trauma-free and falling in love.”
Single All the Way
Netflix – December 2nd
Netflix’s very first gay Christmas movie, Single All the Way, stars an all LGBT main cast alongside queer faves Jennifer Coolidge and Kathy Najimy.
“Desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about his perpetual single status,” the synopsis reads, “Peter (Michael Urie) convinces his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to join him for the holidays and pretend that they’re now in a relationship. But when Peter’s mother (Kathy Najimy) sets him up on a blind date with her handsome trainer James (Luke Macfarlane)— the plan goes awry.”
Showtime/Theaters – November 24th
This A24 Thanksgiving feature, based on the Tony award-winning play of the same name, stars Amy Schumer as the lesbian daughter going through a breakup.
According to the official description: “Set inside a pre-war duplex in downtown Manhattan, The Humans follows the course of an evening in which the Blake family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving. As darkness falls outside the crumbling building, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point.”
The Bitch Who Stole Christmas
VH1 – December 2nd
RuPaul is blessing us this year with her very own comedy Christmas romp starring twenty Drag Race contestants.
VH1 teases: “In the draggiest Christmas movie ever made, a workaholic big-city fashion journalist is sent to a Christmas-obsessed small town to dig up a story when she finds herself in the middle of cut-throat housewives, a high-stakes “Winter Ball” competition, and a sinister plot that could destroy Christmas fore-evah!”
The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls
Hallmark Channel – December 18th
A follow-up to Hallmark’s wildly successful gay holiday movie last year, The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls reunites the cast for a festive decorating competition.
Last year, the Mitchell brothers were summoned to their family home while gay brother Brandon (Jonathan Bennett) and his partner were in the process of adopting a child. In the sequel, ”the Mitchell brothers compete to see who can create the best Christmas House.”
Under the Christmas Tree
Lifetime – December 19th
Lifetime’s first-ever lesbian Christmas movie promises some lighthearted small-town drama and romance this holiday season.
According to the synopsis: “Marketing whiz Alma Beltran (Elise Bauman) and Christmas tree whisperer Charlie Freemont (Tattiawna Jones) cross paths when Charlie finds the perfect tree for the Maine Governor’s Holiday Celebration – right in Alma’s back yard. While they initially spar, romantic sparks soon begin to fly between the two women as the enchanting tree and some Christmas fairy dust from the town’s pâtissière extraordinaire (Ricki Lake) bring out the best in them and spark each other to take leaps of faith and fight for love and Christmas magic.”