Pride month 2022: revisiting the queer legacy of Bend It Like Beckham
marks the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first official
o celebrate this milestone, Stylist is carving out space for stories of LGBTQ+ joy in our new series
The Moment That Made Me
, in which we invite LGBTQ+ writers to reflect upon the moments
they first felt seen and heard in popular culture.
Here, journalist and broadcaster Shivani Dave traces the queer legacy of Bend It Like Beckham.
I don’t actually remember when I first watched the smash-hit 00s movie.
It came out when I was six, and being a football loving, South Asian girl*
I’m pretty sure my parents would have sat me down in front of the TV screen soon after the release.
I’ve watched it at least once a year since then (probably more).