The stars who went gay for pay
7. Antonio Banderas in ‘Philadelphia’
Banderas plays Miguel Álvarez, Hank’s partner, in the 1993 film, Philadelphia.
It was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV and AIDS and the impact it had on homophobia and the LGBT community.
Since it’s release it has been celebrated for addressing the stigma and homophobia around HIV and AIDS.
8. James Franco in ‘Milk’
Milk is an American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California.
Franco plays Scott Smith, Harvey Milk’s lover. Smith inspires Milk to move to San Francisco in hope of finding a community that accepts their relationship.
Smith serves as Milk’s campaign manager, but he grows frustrated with Milk’s devotion to politics, and he leaves him.
9. Eddie Redmayne in ‘The Danish Girl’
Redmayne plays trans landscape artist Lili Elbe in this mid-1920s Copenhagen-based film.
It is based the Danish painter, who is one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery.
The 2015 film follows Lili as she finds herself as a trans woman moving away from her well-known status as a male painter.
She begins to seek help from doctors and meets one which offers to help her with gender reassignment surgery.
The doctor warns that it is a very dangerous operation, and after undergoing it she dies of complications.
10. Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Brokeback Mountain’
Gyllenhaal plays Jack Twist, a rodeo cowboy who makes a pass at Ennis after a night of heavy drinking and the two develop a sexual and emotional relationship quickly.
Gyllenhaal plays Jack Twist, a rodeo cowboy who is hired to work herding sheep in Wyoming with Ennis Del Mar.
Twist comes onto Ennis after a night of heavy drinking and the pair become intimate.
Ennis insists that it has to be a one-time thing, but the two develop a sexual and emotional relationship.
They part ways and marry women, but after four years Twist visits Ennis and he tries to convince him to spend their life together.
11. Dame Judi Dench in ‘Notes on a Scandal’
Judie Dench plays history teacher Barbara Covett in the 2006 psychological thriller Notes on a Scandal.
It follows Covett, a spinster history teacher in London who takes comfort in writing in her diary.
She begins to have feelings for the new art teacher, Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett).
However, things turn sour after Covett realises that Hart is having a relationship with a student.
Rumours of the affair are leaked and both are fired, and Hart’s husband leaves her forcing her to move in with Covett.
Hart ends up imprisoned and the film ends with Dench’s character pursuing another woman.
12. Julianne Moore in ‘The Kids Are Alright’
Julianne Moore plays Jules, a lesbian woman married to Nic (Annette Bening).
The lesbian couple has a child together using a sperm donor.
When the children get older they feel the need to contact the sperm bank to meet their donor father.
Paul (Mark Ruffalo) is revealed as the dad and he quickly becomes enthusiastic about being in their lives, however, the mothers don’t find out about their relationship straight away.
Jules and Nic invite Paul over and Jules and Paul click. Nic is still cold towards him as she feels his presence undermines her authority over their children.
Jules has an affair with Paul, and while the whole family are at his house Nic finds her partner’s hair in his bed and bathroom.
Nic confronts her partner and the family fall out. It ends with the two mothers dropping their daughter off to start college, and shows them holding each other affectionately, suggesting they’ve overcome the affair.