10 lesbians and bi women who need their own biopics like right now


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A few months back, I watched the movie Frida while writing an article on films that centered around lesbian and bi women of color. I loved the movie and Salma Hayek’s portrayal of the titular character but it got me thinking… why aren’t there more biopics about legendary lesbian and bisexual women throughout history?

I mean gay men have The Imitation Game, Milk, and Behind the Candelabra, so where are all my gay ladies?

I combed through Netflix (other streaming services are available) trying to find more biopics about lesbian or bi women but I was underwhelmed. This isn’t a dig at Netflix, even checking the LGBTQ+ films section on Wikipedia was surprisingly unfruitful.

So I decided to create a list of sheroes who need biopics based on their lives. She might be someone in living history herstory or someone from the distant past, but every woman on the list lived an extraordinary life that needs to be commemorated in a feature film.

Any Hollywood executives who are reading this, these are yours for the taking (except Harvey Weinstein, you can go f*ck yourself).


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Who better to kick off this list than the OG lesbian? This Greek poet from the island of Lesbos was a prolific writer (putting me to shame) but most of her poetry remains lost to the ages.

Her life, other than the title of lesbian poet, is mostly a mystery, but that which does remain is intriguing. When one of her brothers was kidnapped by an Egyptian courtesan, Sappho wrote a poem to rebuke him (is that the definition of slam poetry?), was sent into exile in Sicily after her family became involved in a political conflict, and potentially killed herself by jumping off the Leucadian cliffs.


2.Sally Ride

In 1978, Sally Ride became the first American woman to go into space, the third woman overall, and is still the youngest person to travel to space at just 32!

In 1987, she left NASA to work at the Center for International Security and Arms Control, teach physics at the University of California, San Diego, and serve on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters.

Talk about an exciting life.

In 1985, Sally left her husband for fellow female scientist Tam O’Shaughnessy, which makes her the first-known gay astronaut.