June, known for being the Pride Month, is commemorated with parades across the world. Members of the LGBTQI community come out on the streets to celebrate Pride, the freedom and acceptance they achieved in society.
While the lockdown may be over, heading to the street is still not as safe as you think, and many are still holed up at home with the fear of life. So who is the best friend when you are at home? Your TV!
To celebrate Pride, here are a few must-watch LGBTQ shows and movies available to stream right now.
The Half of It (Netflix)
For Ellie Chu, writing homework papers was a way of making extra money. Little did she know that writing letters for the college jock will turn into Ellie pouring out her feelings for the person they both have a crush on.
Orange is The New Black (Netflix)
The OG Netflix show which broke the usual tropes of stereotypical portrayal of LGBTQ community. With an edgy storyline aside, and unforgettable characters such as Piper, Alex, Big Boo, Nicky, Poussey and Suzanne, OITNB made an effort to highlight the toils and turmoil faced by this marginalised community in a dark yet comic manner.
Moonlight (Amazon Prime Video)
A moving, transcendent, award-winning look at 3 defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances, is guided by support, empathy and love from the most unexpected places.
Queer Eye (Netflix)
Any conversation about LGBTQ shows are uncomplete without the Fab 5 boys travelling across the continent and changing lives forever.
Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)
One of the funniest comedies in the recent times, a distinctive factor that set this show apart was that it went beyond the usual lesbian/gay relationships and had a pansexual lead character. With the pansexual community’s representation in the media being next to non-existent, David Rose is a beautifully written character. And as David elaborates to Stevie, it is the wine, and not the label that matters.
Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
The ever polished Grace and the hippie Frankie have never particularly liked each other, but things take a turn when their husbands decide to acknowledge their true sexuality, and get married, thrusting Grace and Frankie into each other’s orbit. A rare piece of entertainment with a storyline that wasn’t just empathetic towards the LGBTQ community but also recognised that humans (read women) at any age are sexual beings.
Sex Education (Netflix)
With its nuanced portrayal of LGBTQ characters, Sex Education has won hearts all around. Whether it is the happy as a peach Eric, or somewhat confused Adam, or Rahim who is completely comfortable in his skin, this show is nothing short of a joy ride.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (Amazon Prime Video)
The Tripathi family is busy gearing up for an unusual wedding, when something more unusual hits them smack on their smiling, ‘Indian Shaadi’ ready faces. The newest couple of their family cannot be a ‘couple’ in the first place! While the two love birds share ‘achaar’ and ‘elaichis’, the Tripathi family is busy plotting the end of their relationship.
Alex Strangelove (Netflix)
High school is complicated as it is, but for Alex, life takes a whole new turn when he meets a charming gay kid, leading him to question his own sexual identity.
As if being in love with a person belonging to the same gender as yours in a post World War II era wasn’t scandalous enough, imagine being in an inter-racial gay relationship while being in the show business!
Betty (Disney+ Hotstar)
Inspired by the critically acclaimed film Skate Kitchen, the series, set against the backdrop of New York City, follows a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding.