Looking for some sapphic seasonal joy this month? We’ve got you covered!
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Whilst we still have a long way to go when it comes to the inclusion of LGBTQI women and non-binary people in Christmas films, it’s great to see more choices come out over the last few years. Whilst I frequently rewatch The Holiday and While You Were Sleeping around this time, it’s great to relate to see myself reflected back to me as I cosy up under blankets with my Baileys.
Last year DIVA fave, KStew, gave us ultimate sapphic seasonal angst and joy with this seasonal rom-com. It perfectly portrayed the struggles that many of us face during the holidays when we are not out whilst still providing an abundance of laughter and joy. Oh and Kristen Stewart and Aubrey Plaza in one movie? It’s a Christmas miracle!
The Syed Family Xmas Eve Game Night
This much-needed short film departs from the abundance white cishet films that get released every year. At only 11 minutes long, it’s still the most delightful film on this list. It follows Noor, a queer Pakistani Muslim woman who brings her Peurto Rican partner Luz, played by non-binary actor Vico Ortiz, home to meet her family for the first time. Chaos ensues when her older sister comes to visit unexpectedly. It had a great run in US film festival circuits this year and will hopefully be available at film festivals in the UK in 2022.
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Christmas At The Ranch
This is Christin Baker’s third LGBTQI holiday rom-com and it’s such a treat. For fans of the enemies to lovers trope, definitely check this one out! A review of this film was recently featured on DIVA so you can check that out here.
For our 300th issue of DIVA author, Laura Kay, wrote about how Carol is the undisputed queen of the festive cheer. You can grab yourself a copy and read her thoughts as you reminisce on the iconic film by following the link at the bottom of the page.
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