Netflix’s latest LGBTQ+ holiday movie, A New York Christmas Wedding, which features a lead bisexual character, delves into the world of do-overs and second chances when Jennifer (Nia Fairweather) second-guesses her imminent wedding to her fiancé, David (Otoja Abit). Jennifer gets cold feet when David’s overbearing mother (Tyra Ferrell) insists on a massive Christmas wedding for her son with little regard for the bride’s interests.
As is the stuff of Christmas flicks, a twist of fate brings Jennifer, who’s reeling from the recent loss of her father and the long-ago loss of her best friend, Gabrielle (Adriana DeMeo), together with her guardian angel, Azrael (Cooper Koch). He conjures an alternate world in which Gabrielle and Jennifer’s father are still alive and Jennifer gets a second shot at love with Gabrielle.
“I’ve brought you here to see what could have been with your true first love,” Azrael says, offering her 48 hours to live her “truth.”
A New York Christmas Wedding is one of several Christmas movies this year that feature queer leading characters. Among them is the first studio-backed Christmas flick with queer lead characters, Happiest Season, directed by Clea DuVall and starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis. Stalwart romance movie networks have joined the fray with Lifetime's The Christmas Setup and Hallmark's The Christmas House. And MTV Studios is in the game with the gay cowboy Christmas movie Dashing in December.