Fictional Films That Inspired Social Change
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Brokeback Mountain is a milestone for LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream cinema because it normalized a same-sex relationship and broke stereotypes. It also showed how living in the closet hurt gay men and their loved ones.
Carnegie Mellon culture professor David Shumway believes this film deserves credit for increasing acceptance and aiding the legalization of same-sex marriage, saying, “no single narrative work… has so broadly appealed to both gays and straights.”