Film & TV shows to watch this Pride Month

24 Jun 2021

Following on from the article ‘Films & TV shows to watch this LGBTQ+ History Month’ we published back in February, we’ve put together some more film and TV recommendations for you to watch this June, the month where the LGBTQ+ community celebrates Pride. 

TV Shows

Tales of the City - Netflix 

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City is an American drama streaming television miniseries based on the Tales of the City novels by Armistead Maupin. Returning to San Francisco after a long absence, Mary Ann Singleton reunites with the community of characters at 28 Barbary Lane. 

Sex Education - Netflix 

Sex Education is a British comedy-drama television series created by Laurie Nunn. Starring Asa Butterfield as an insecure teenager and Gillian Anderson as his mother, a sex therapist, the series premiered on 11 January 2019 on Netflix. Notable for its attempts to incorporate queer experiences of sex and relationships. 

Good Girls 

Good Girls is an American crime comedy-drama television series created by Jenna Bans. The series follows three suburban Michigan mothers, two of whom are sisters, who are having a hard time trying to make ends meet, and has a trans coming out scene that’s sensitively handled. 

The Wilds - Amazon Prime 

Teenage girls from radically different backgrounds find themselves stranded on a remote island, unaware they've just become the subjects of an elaborate social experiment.

The Haunting of Bly Manor - Netflix 

The Haunting of Bly Manor is an American drama-gothic romance streaming television series created by Mike Flanagan, and released on October 9, 2020 by Netflix. A young governess arrives at Bly Manor and begins to see apparitions haunting the estate.

The Politician - Netflix

The Politician is an American comedy-drama streaming television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan and released on Netflix. Rich kid Payton has always known he's going to be president. But first he has to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: high school. 

The Other Two - All 4

The Other Two is an American comedy television series created by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. A gay aspiring actor, Cary (Drew Tarver), and his sister, Brooke (Heléne Yorke), a former professional dancer, try to find their place in the world while wrestling with their feelings about their 13-year-old brother Chase's sudden rise to internet fame.

Please Like Me - Amazon Prime 

Please Like Me is an Australian television comedy-drama series created by and starring Josh Thomas. Twentysomething Josh is going through a number of big changes as he navigates his first decade of adulthood. After being dumped by his girlfriend, he comes to the realization that he is gay.

The Gay And Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo - Amazon Prime 

A wondrous story of the complexities of relationships, friendly and romantic. The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo blurs the lines of expected tropes through random comedy and a realistic, interconnected interaction. 

Anne+ - All 4

Anne+ is a 2018 Dutch drama television series that premiered on BNNVARA and 3LAB on 30 September 2018. Set in Amsterdam, it follows the love life of Anne, a twenty four year-old lesbian.

I May Destroy You - BBC iPlayer 

I May Destroy You is a British drama television series created, written, co-directed, and executive produced by Michaela Coel for BBC One and HBO. The series is set in London with a predominantly Black British cast. Coel stars as Arabella, a young woman who seeks to rebuild her life after being raped.

Euphoria - Sky Go 

Euphoria looks at the live of a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendship in a world of drugs, sex and trauma.

Schitts Creek - Netflix, Amazon Prime, All 4

Schitt's Creek is a Canadian television sitcom created by father and son Eugene and Dan Levy. A married couple suddenly go bankrupt and the only remaining asset they have is an ugly small town named Schitt's Creek.

Doctor Who - BBC iPlayer/Britbox 

Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called "the Doctor", an extraterrestrial being who appears to be human. Many members of the LGBTQ+ community take comfort in the show’s queer storylines and characters, including Bill, Clara and Captain Jack Harkness. 

Torchwood - BBC iPlayer 

Torchwood is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies, a spin-off from the 2005 revival of Doctor Who. Torchwood is a team of people whose job is to investigate the unusual, the strange and the extraterrestrial. 

Sense8 - Netflix

Eight strangers around the globe find themselves connected — first by a violent vision, then by their shared ability to connect with one another's thoughts and actions, and finally by the urgent need to find out what happened and why. 

Trigonometry - BBC iPlayer

Trigonometry is a love story about three people who are made for each other. Accomplished chef Gemma and her paramedic boyfriend Kieran live together in west London. When they take in a lodger, the trio's lives and how they view relationships changes forever.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - Netflix 

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is an American romantic musical comedy-drama television series. Rebecca Bunch, a successful young woman, impulsively gives up her life in New York and moves to California in hopes of winning her old boyfriend back.

Queer Eye - Netflix 

More than a decade after the original series went off the air, Netflix reboots the "Queer Eye" franchise with a new Fab Five and a new setting, trading in the concrete jungle of New York City for communities in and around Atlanta. The style experts forge relationships with men and women who often have different beliefs from them, leading to moments of social commentary interspersed with style advice.

She-Ra - Netflix 

In this reboot of the 1980s series, a magic sword transforms an orphan girl into warrior She-Ra, who unites a rebellion to fight against evil.

Films

Rafiki - Amazon Prime/Showtime

Rafiki is the story of romance that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures around LGBT rights in Kenya. The film had its international premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival; it was the first Kenyan film to be screened at the festival.

My Own Private Idaho - Amazon Prime 

My Own Private Idaho is a 1991 American independent adventure drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant. In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters (River Phoenix) is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor (Keanu Reeves) is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find Mike's estranged mother. Along the way they turn tricks for money and drugs, eventually attracting the attention of a wealthy benefactor and sexual deviant.

Beach Rats - Netflix 

An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn is having a miserable summer. With his father on his deathbed and his mother wanting him to find a girlfriend, Frankie escapes the bleakness of his life by causing trouble with his delinquent friends and flirting with older men online. When his chatting and webcamming intensifies, he finally starts hooking up with guys at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman.

Moffie - Curzon Home Cinema

Moffie is a 2019 South African-British biographical war romantic drama film co-written and directed by Oliver Hermanus. The plot revolves around two gay characters Nicholas van der Swart and Dylan Stassen who attempt to come to terms with their sexuality.

Moonlight - Amazon Prime 

Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. Chiron, a young African-American boy, finds guidance in Juan, a drug dealer, who teaches him to carve his own path. As he grows up in Miami, Juan's advice leaves a lasting impression on him.

Uncle Frank - Amazon Prime 

In 1973, when Frank Bledsoe and his 18-year-old niece Beth take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina, for the family patriarch's funeral, they're unexpectedly joined by Frank's lover, Walid.

Sidney & Friends - Amazon Prime 

When his family tries to kill him, Sidney, who is intersex, flees to Nairobi, where he meets a group of transgender friends.

Beautiful Thing - BFI Player, Amazon Prime 

Beautiful Thing is a 1996 British film directed by Hettie MacDonald and released by Channel 4 Films. The screenplay was written by Jonathan Harvey based on his own original play of the same name. Shy Jamie (Glen Berry) and athletic Ste (Scott Neal) are teen boys who live near each other in the London projects. Both boys think they could be gay, and finally explore their feelings when Ste is allowed to stay over at Jamie's place after an incident with his abusive father. 

Saving Face - Amazon Prime

Wil (Michelle Krusiec) is a lesbian, but she not dare tell her widowed mother, Hwei-lan (Joan Chen), or her very traditional grandparents. She's shocked, however, to find out she's not the only one in her family with romantic secrets when she learns that her 48-year-old mother is pregnant.

Love, Simon - Amazon Prime 

Simon Spier keeps his sexual orientation a secret from his family. However, when a blackmailer threatens to reveal it, he goes on a roller-coaster journey to come to terms with his identity.

Holding The Man - Netflix 

Holding the Man is a 2015 Australian romantic drama film adapted from Timothy Conigrave's 1995 memoir of the same name. Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it - the separations, the discrimination, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses.

My Days of Mercy - Netflix 

My Days of Mercy is a 2017 romantic drama film directed by Tali Shalom Ezer and written by Joe Barton. Starring trans actor Elliott Page, the film tells the story of the daughter of a man on death row that falls in love with a woman who is on the opposing side of her family's political cause.

Brokeback Mountain - Amazon Prime 

Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee and produced by Diana Ossana and James Schamus. Ennis and Jack are two shepherds who develop a sexual and emotional relationship. Their relationship becomes complicated when both of them get married to their respective girlfriends.

Booksmart - Netflix 

Booksmart is a 2019 American coming-of-age buddy comedy film directed by Olivia Wilde (in her feature directorial debut), from a screenplay by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman. Before graduation, best friends Amy and Molly realise that they have been cast aside by their peers for being bookworms and pretentious. They then decide to let loose and make up for the lost time. 

Carol - Amazon Prime 

Carol is a 2015 romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes. The screenplay by Phyllis Nagy is based on the 1952 romance novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (republished as Carol in 1990). Therese Belivet works at a department store in Manhattan where she encounters the beautiful Carol. Things take an unexpected turn when Therese develops strong feelings for Carol. 

Matthias & Maxime - Mubi 

Matthias & Maxime is a 2019 Canadian drama film written and directed by Xavier Dolan. Two young men's lifelong friendship is tested when they act in a movie whose script calls for them to kiss each other.

God’s Own Country - Amazon Prime 

God's Own Country is a 2017 British romantic drama film written and directed by Francis Lee in his feature directorial debut. A young farmer numbs his frustrations with drinking and casual sex until a Romanian migrant worker sets him on a new path. 

 

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