Everyone deserves to fall in love with a cheesy holiday movie at Christmas — and many networks and streaming services are making their offerings more diverse than ever.
“[Christmas movies] give everyone everything they want,” Jonathan Bennett, a Hallmark mainstay, exclusively told Us Weekly in November 2022. “[The Holiday Sitter is] an LGBTQ+-led movie, but it’s not for just LGBTQ+ people. [It’s] is a movie for everyone just like Hallmark Channel is for everyone. And Christmas is for everyone.”
The Mean Girls star appeared in the network’s Christmas House, Christmas House 2 and The Holiday Sitter, where his characters were notably in same-sex relationships.
The rise of LGBTQIA+-centric holiday movies have burst onto the scene in recent years, allowing a wider group of people to relate to and enjoy Christmas content.
“I am a huge fan of holiday movies and rom-coms, but I’d never really seen my experience represented,” Happiest Season director Clea DuVall told Elle in December 2020. “I know my experience is not singular, so there were probably a lot of other people feeling the same way I did. It felt like a great idea to tell a universal story from a new perspective.”
Keep scrolling to see the best LGBTQIA+ Christmas romances — and where to watch them: