This article was published on September 17th, 2020
With theaters closed in many parts of the world right now, television and streaming services have become even more important as people continue to practice social distancing during the global pandemic. Queer representation is an important component of achieving acceptance and the following shows and specials feature LGBTQ+ performers and characters that are sure to provide peak entertainment this fall season.
The Boys in the Band (September 30th, Netflix)
Starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and Matt Bomer, Boys in the Band is based on the landmark 80s play that follows a group of gay and bisexual men that are grappling with life experiences and an intolerant society. Produced by Ryan Murphy and directed by Joe Mantello, the film has received universal acclaim.
The D Cut (June 26th, Crave TV)
What happens when you must fight for what you truly want in life? The D Cut follows D (Marie Marolle), a hairstylist and hometown icon battling against the odds to provide a safe space for queer people in her community as gentrification threatens the delicate balance around her.
First Day (September 3rd, Hulu)
The trailblazing Australian show stars Evie MacDonald as a transgendered tween beginning middle school. MacDonald made history by becoming the first transgender lead of a scripted series, with the show covering the courage and tenacity necessary for the young star to live authentically.
Julie and the Phantoms (September 10th, Netflix)
Created and directed by High School Musical creator Kenny Ortega, Julie and the Phantoms is a musical about finding your voice. With the help of her best friend and three ghosts, Julie seeks solace and strength following her mother’s death. The musical includes several musical numbers featuring minority LGBTQ+ performers.
We Are Who We Are (September 14th, HBO)
The miniseries follows American teens living overseas on a U.S. Army base, with the lead, Jack Dylan Grazer, playing Fraser – a devotee of famed gay poet Ocean Vuong – and Chloë Sevigny as a lesbian mother and military commander. Directed by Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino, We Are Who We Are is a coming of age show that explores LGBTQ+ themes.
Ratched (September 18th, Netflix)
Jack Nicholson and Nurse Ratched made a splash decades ago in the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This new series stars Sarah Paulson in the titular role during her formative years. Produced by Ryan Murphy, Ratched boasts an all-star lineup of some of his favorite actors with a few new ones thrown into the mix. The award-winning cast includes Cynthia Nixon, Sharon Stone, Finn Wittrock, Vincent D’Onofrio, Judy Davis, Sophie Okonedo, Amanda Plummer, and many more.
Star Trek: Discovery (October 15th, Paramount+)
Star Trek: Discovery has gone boldly where few have ever delved by featuring gay characters in the Star Trek Universe played by Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz. In the show’s third season, the franchise will include trans and non-binary characters when it begins streaming on CBS’ new streaming platform.
9-1-1: Lone Star (2nd season premiere TBA)
A spin-off of 9-1-1, Lone Star features Rob Lowe as a father grappling with grief and trauma that relocates from New York to Austin to continue working as a firefighter while trying to salvage his life and relationship with his son, an openly gay recovering opioid addict.
Prideland (June 12th, PBS)
Hosted by Pose actor Dyllón Burnside, the one-hour special highlights the South’s many LGBTQ+ communities, while simultaneously connecting people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, featuring on-site locations, experiences, and sharing different points of view.
Lovecraft Country (August 16th, HBO)
Based on the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, the series explores the intertwines the macabre with racism in America during the Jim Crow era through the eyes of science fiction fan Atticus Turner and his family. One of the plot lines involves actor Michael K. Williams’ character Montrose, a closeted man dealing with a secret relationship with a man.
P-Valley (July 12th, Starz)
Set in the fictional town of Chucalissa, Mississippi, P-Valley follows the sordid and dangerous lives of employees at a strip club called The Pynk and the sex, lies, and pandemonium that ensues.
Teenage Bounty Hunters (August 14th, Netflix)
Sterling and Blair Wesley are fraternal twins on a mission, bounty hunting behind their parent’s backs to pay for truck damages. Identifying as bisexual, Sterling begins the series in one relationship, breaks up, and starts a new one with the opposite sex. How it plays out has been described as a coming of age show set against the backdrop of high school and teen angst.
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