While love that defies the rigid boundaries of gender deserves recognition on a daily basis, June takes on a special role as the official month dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in countless ways. Recognized far and wide as Pride Month, this time frame serves as a consolidated period to commemorate the arduous struggles endured by the LGBTQ+ community in their quest for equal rights. It also serves as a platform to shine a spotlight on the diverse individuals who take immense pride in embracing their authentic sexual identities.
Numerous influential films and TV series have emerged, both from Hollywood and the global film industry, that revolve around the LGBTQ+ community. And it’s worth noting that the world of anime is no exception.
13‘Liz and the Blue Bird’ (2016)
Liz and the Blue Bird, a spin-off sequel to the beloved anime series Sound! Euphonium, draws inspiration from the novel of the same name. This captivating story revolves around two high school girls, Mizore (voiced by Atsumi Tanezaki) and Nozomi (voiced by Nao Tôyama), who share a deep friendship and are both members of their school’s concert band. As they prepare for an upcoming competition, their musical journey takes a unique turn when they’re tasked with performing a duet based on the enchanting titular fairy tale.
Liz and the Blue Bird is not merely a tale of two girls with a profound romantic bond and mutual respect; it also serves as the creative wellspring for the concert band piece in which our protagonists are deeply immersed. With the infusion of fairytale elements, this anime gem from 2016 presents its characters with the challenge of reconciling their aspirations with reality, resulting in a heart-rending narrative.
12‘Stars Align’ (2019)
Stars Align delves into the world of a middle school soft tennis club, a group striving to find recognition and support within their school and community. The club’s destiny is guided by Toma (voiced by Josh Grelle), a determined new transfer student with a passion for helping the team achieve success.
This anime offers a sincere and thought-provoking exploration of the hurdles faced by young individuals in today’s society. It handles LGBTQ+ themes with sensitivity and care, particularly in the meaningful connection between two of the male characters. Additionally, within the same episode, one character openly identifies as non-binary, while another shares their experiences as a transgender individual. All of this makes Stars Align a truly worthwhile viewing experience for its audience.
11‘Wandering Son’ (2011)