Pride month 2022: revisiting the queer legacy of Bend It Like Beckham

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first official Pride march.

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).