12 Shows With Positive LGBTQ+ Representation

How many have you watched?

LGBTQ+ representation is, thankfully, becoming more prominent in mainstream media, making those who are a part of the community feel more accepted into the world as they can relate to the characters.

It’s something very important, so we’ve decided to make a list of some of the best entertainment with Queer representation for you to enjoy:

RuPaul’s Drag Race

One of the funniest and most entertaining LGBTQ+ shows out there; the best part is, it’s for everybody to enjoy and to be more comfortable around and accepting of Queer culture.

This competition show is a must-watch for all people who are lovers of fashion, comedy, competitiveness, and drama (lots of drama).

You can begin on any season, but a personal recommendation to ease into the show in Season 5—and it only gets better from there.

Where to watch: Netflix

POSE

This is an American drama series surrounding the African-American and Latino LGBTQ ballroom culture scene in the 1980s and, in the second season, the early 1990s, with a subplot of the AIDS epidemic.

It is inspiring, entertaining, heartbreaking, and educational all at once. A definite must-watch.

Where to watch: Netflix

 

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Blue Is The Warmest Colour

A French teen a deeply emotional and connection with an older art student she met in a lesbian bar. It is a classic that many Queer people love, and is one to put on your ‘to watch’ list.

Where to watch: Netflix

Alex Strangelove

A coming of age, and coming out story that is sure to be a heart warmer. It tells the story of the main character discovering his own sexuality and coming to terms to understand and accept himself. Of course, many Queer people can resonate with this, so it’s a heartwarming story.

Where to watch: Netflix

The Miseducation Of Cameron Post

A teenager discovers she’s a lesbian and gets sent to conversion therapy, but she’s not somebody who can easily be controlled. The filmmaking is beautiful and it is definitely a tearjerker.

Where to watch: Available to rent Youtube 

The Haunting of Bly Manor

This representation is definitely something we need more of in media. It is just your plain old horror tv-show (very good, though) and the main character happens to be a lesbian. It’s the natural, eased, and carefree representation that is fantastic for the community, showing viewers that they really are just a normal couple. The relationship arc is also a beautiful one, and it’s worth a few scares to experience it.

Where to watch: Netflix

Sex Education

The show follows secondary school student Otis, who may not have much experience in the lovemaking department, but he gets good guidance on the topic by living with mom Jean, who is a sex therapist.

The show delves into sexuality and understanding your preferences as a teen. It deals with topics such as bisexuality, pansexuality, asexuality and lots more with well-developed characters that are so much more than just the ‘gay best friend’ character we’ve seen hundreds of times.

Where to watch: Netflix

I Am Not Okay with This

This is an American coming-of-age comedy-drama series. A teenager navigates her life and her sexuality while dealing with new superpowers that she has just discovered. With the same feel as ‘Stranger Things’, and a great story of discovering her sexual identity, the show is the perfect representation for all of the Sci-Fi lovers.

Unfortunately, the show wasn’t renewed for a second season, but the first is definitely worth the watch.

Where to watch: Netflix

 

Schitt’s Creek

Ever wonder what it would be like if super-rich people lost every penny? Well, this is exactly what prompts the Rose family to move to a small run-down town called Schitt’s Creek. The characters are incredibly hilarious and lovable, but we especially love David and his openness to discuss his pansexuality and the positive attitudes around him about it. His relationship (we won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it) is wholesome and sweet but also very real and something LGBT+ people have been crying out for for years.

Where to watch: Netflix/Virgin Media Player

Euphoria 

The show follows Zendaya’s character, Rue a 17-year-old with a drug addiction. It also follows well-developed characters like Jules, a transgender girl searching for where she belongs and Kat, a body-conscious teen exploring her sexuality. The show has long been praised for its very realistic portrayal of LGBT+ characters. Many of them are queer, yes, but that’s not the only thing that is focused on and is often just a part of who they are alongside other storylines.

Where to watch: Sky Atlantic/NOW TV

Never Have I Ever

The show focuses mainly on Devi, an American-Indian teen dealing with grief and general teen issues, but it also focuses on her friend group and their very real, relatable situations. Fabiola, for example, is one of Devi’s best friends and the show documents her coming out and exploring what it means to her to be gay.

Where to watch: Netflix

Love, Victor

Based in the same world as Love, Simon, the show follows Victor who is on his own journey of self-discovery after moving to a new town and new school. Victor reaches out to Simon when things become too difficult. The show highlights the complicated nature of figuring out your sexuality in school, with factors like parents, religion, friendship and relationships adding some pressure.

Where to watch: Star on Disney+

That’s your Easter hols watch list sorted?

 By Brian Lennon Cummins


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