This article was published on March 16th, 2020
When it comes to LGBTQ+ representation on screen recently, there has been a marked increase across the board, both in front of and behind the scenes as more networks and streaming companies have incorporated themes that involve the community. In fact, research from GLAAD reported more than 100 queer characters on screens last year, a record that speaks volumes as to the progress that has been made over the last few seasons.
With those figures in mind, HomoCulture is proud to present the television shows this spring that feature LGBTQ+ characters and storylines that you may want to tune into and show some pink love.
A coming of age story centered on Sam, a teen in search of a girlfriend, Atypical is a series worth having a look at, featuring the always enticing Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Rapaport, and Brigette Lundy-Paine as Sam’s bisexual sister who is exploring foreign terrain on a life-altering path. The show covers a variety of themes, including growing pains, familial relationships, autism, first love, and more.
Black Lightning (CW)
What happens when a retired superhero is forced back into action and must deal with the burgeoning powers of his family members? Millions have been tuning in over the last three seasons to find out how Black Lightning fights crime while dealing with tension in his own family, including his daughter Anissa, who is not just a superhero in her own right able to manipulate her body’s density, but is a part-time teacher, and full-time lesbian. Season 4 kicks off this spring and fans can hardly wait!
Ryan Murphy is now recognized as a power player for the LGBTQ+ community and in Hollywood at large, so it is only fitting that his next outing chronicles the inner workings of the entertainment industry at its inception. His latest show, described as “a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown”, is a period piece that gives viewers a glimpse at La La Land from several perspectives as well as plot points. Starring Darren Criss (Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace) and the one and only Patti LuPone, Hollywood is primed to be a must-see series for 2020.
Drag Race Canada (OUTtv)
RuPaul is an international brand that resonates throughout queer spaces the world over, so it is no surprise that Drag Race descends (or should we say ‘ascends’) due north with the Canadian edition. This will be the first iteration of the show, however, that will not feature RuPaul as the host. No official release date has been set for its spring release, but what has already been reported is that alum Brooke Lynn Hytes will serve as one of the series judges. But what we already know is that tea will be spillT, hunty! Werk!
The Walking Dead: World Beyond (AMC)
This franchise keeps growing and growing despite being on the air for a decade now, with no signs of slowing down. The latest entry in the expanded universe is The Walking Dead: World Beyond, which will be a limited series tale that will star Nico Tortorella (Younger), who has been cast as one of the leads. His character in the series is reported to be gay and will be another time that the franchise has been inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community.
Debuting less than a year after the second season, Elite is the story of three working class friends sent to boarding school and the inner workings of living outside the box and finding your true voice. Online reactions to the show have been extremely supportive and Netflix has been quick to get fresh material to viewers hungry to continue the saga of these Spanish teens going through love pangs.
As a young man struggling to find himself while dealing with mild cerebral palsy, Special is partially based on his own memoir that is part comedy, part heartwarming drama. Produced by Jim Parsons, it debuted last year to rave reviews and is set for a release later in the spring.
These are just some of the shows representing the LGBTQ+ community this spring. Which series are your favorite that made the list? Let us know in the comments section.