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Pose is set in 1980s New York City in Black and Latinx trans and queer communities participating in Ball culture. The show is a high energy masterpiece that explores the found family troupe with House culture that is so crucial to the LGBTQ+ experience as well as other aspects of the queer experience that aren’t normally shown in media.
Pose also features not just gay stories, but trans stories too. What’s better is the trans characters are played by trans actors, something that has been applauded by fans.
The intersectionality and representation of this show has made it a staple in the community and something that is definitely worth the watch if you haven’t seen it already.
All three seasons of Pose are available for streaming on Netflix.
Love, Victor, a spin off TV series of the movie Love, Simon, had quite the rocky start after being moved from Disney+ to Hulu due to “mature themes”. But after 2 seasons, Love, Victor is a great spin-off series to the movie.
The show centers around Victor Salazar, a half Puerto Rican half Colombian teen dealing with figuring out his gay identity and how it fits in with his culture and Catholic religion.
The first season focuses on the months leading up to his coming out. While not perfect, it’s great to see a not so perfect coming out and learning experience reflected in the media.
The second season focuses on him figuring out his identity and leans into what it means to be a gay teen. It’s a fun teen drama and coming of age story, genres that have, historically, not featured an LGBTQ+ story at the forefront.
The show also tackles the criticism of Love, Simon being too white and not showing enough diversity and intersectionality within the community. Love, Victor aims to show how the coming of age queer experience for people of different backgrounds can be different.
It’s a good show that provides representation that has been lacking on TV.
Love, Victor is streaming on Hulu.
One Day at a Time
The reboot One Day at a Time’s description may not make it seem like a story with LGBTQ+ themes and characters laced heavily throughout, but the show makes sure to not let us forget and disregard their LGBTQ+ characters.
The show focuses around the Cuban-American Alvarezes as they go through life.
The daughter, Elena Alvarez, is a lesbian and has a non-binary love interest named Syd. The representation for lesbians and non-binary people in mainstream media is few and far between, so One Day at a Time not just including them, but making them, their story and identities a large part of the show is incredible representation.
This show is another great representation of intersectionality within the queer community as well as representation for some identities within the queer community that don’t often get media attention.
One Day at a Time can be watched on a variety of streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, and Paramount+.
For the past year it seems like all anyone has talked about is Schitt’s Creek. And watching just one episode can show you why.
Created by Dan and Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek is about the Roses, an affluent family who have lost everything and are forced to move to the small town of Schitt’s Creek. Within the world of Schitt’s Creek, Dan Levy had made it his promise to not show hatred of any kind. Saying he didn’t want that to be an option for someone watching his show to learn.
Dan, who plays David Rose, is also responsible for the famous “I like the wine not the label” coming out scene and a multiple season romance between David and Patrick.
Schitt’s Creek is special because it is so full of love it doesn’t even give you the option for hate. With a queer romance front and center of the story, the show is a happy escape with great representation of what love should be.
Schitt’s Creek is currently streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
Coming of age movies that feature good representation of lesbians are rare, and that’s what makes Booksmart so good.
It’s a movie made by women, for women, about two overachieving teen best friends who realize at the end of their high school career that they have missed out on some of the rite of passage moments of their teenage years.
The plot is a basic coming of age story that has been done before, but with such few good queer — especially women led — coming of age movies, it hardly matters.
Booksmart’s story centers around Amy and Molly as they try to have one last night of freedom and fun before graduating high school. And much of the movie focuses on Amy as she chases after her (female) crushes.
Booksmart is a fun coming of age comedy with a prominent lesbian storyline that should be at the top of everyone’s pride month watch list.
Booksmart is available to stream on Hulu.
The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy is proving that LGBTQ+ stories should be present in every genre.
The sci-fi Netflix series based on Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance’s comics is the perfect binge for pride month for those in the community who aren’t as into coming of age movies or romcoms.
The show focuses on the seven Hargreeves siblings who were once a crime fighting super family but have now grown up and drifted apart. Set after their father’s death, the Hargreeves are forced to reconnect and deal with the trauma of their childhood.
Season one features Klaus, one of the siblings who is comfortable in his gender expression and has a relationship with a man. The show treats the romance and Klaus’ general storyline with a respect and fondness that isn’t always found within the genre.
Season two Klaus and his sister Vanya both experience on screen same-gendered romances. This again, is great representation as queer romances are often not put in the forefront or even present in action and sci-fi pieces of media.
If you like superhero’s, The Umbrella Academy may be a great show to check out for pride month.
Both seasons are streaming on Netflix.
But I’m a Cheerleader
A comedy about a gay conversion camp hardly seems like the movie to watch to celebrate pride month, however But I’m a Cheerleader has its pros.
The movie is about coming to terms with your sexuality, learning to love yourself for who you are, and finding your own community. The movie is set in the conversion camp True Directions, after cheerleader Megan is sent there by her family when she tells them she is gay.
In the camp, Megan begins a relationship with one of the other girls sent there and escapes the program to live as her true self.
The 2000 movie was ahead of its time and opens a lot of dialogue about gender roles and sexuality. It also features a hilarious performance by RuPaul as a conversion camp counselor.
This movie is a staple, so any younger LGBTQ+ people should definitely add this movie to their pride month watchlist
But I’m a Cheerleader can be streamed on Youtube.
I am Not Okay With This
This coming of age comedy centers around Sydney Novak, a teen from a small town in Pennsylvania who comes to terms with her sexuality and new found superpowers.
It’s always nice to see a show with a storyline that doesn’t revolve around queerness and coming out and instead is a unique story with a person who just happens to be gay. And that’s exactly what I am Not Okay With This is.
The show focuses mostly on Sydney’s trauma from her father’s suicide and her path to figuring out her new powers. However, the times when we see her discover her sexuality or interact with her crush are sweet and remind us that queerness is not exclusive to flashy dances or explicit relationships but is just a simple part of life.
Unfortunately, this show was cancelled after just one season. But the amazing story and the representation throughout are just a few of the reasons to give the show a chance.
Being only three and half hours to watch the whole series, it is the perfect way to spend an afternoon during this pride month.
I am Not Okay With This is streaming on Netflix.
Between the parades and the romcoms, it is important to not forget the history of the gay rights movement and what it took to get to where we are today.
One of the best movies about the gay rights movement is Milk. The film is the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician elected in California. Tragically, Milk was assassinated less than a year after being sworn in.
The movie describes the day to day life of Milk as he strove to improve the Castro district of San Fransisco, which is largely known as the gay neighborhood. Throughout the biopic there is real footage from protests, vigils, and news clippings to give more weight, humanity and reminds us that it is a real story.
Adding a movie or documentary about the protests and opposition many prominent gay rights leaders faced to get us to this point is important. It helps to remind us of who fought for the rights many queer Americans enjoy today.
So, during pride month, watch Milk to understand a little bit better the sacrifices that many activists have made.
Milk is available for streaming on Peacock.
Let us know if we missed your favourite LGBTQ+ show or movie and happy pride month from AfterBuzz TV!
Elena Naze is a journalism major at Emerson College and an intern at Afterbuzz TV. She loves entertainment news and is a big fan of reality TV, Marvel, and all anything musical!
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