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The greatest thing about LGBTQ cinema? That’ll be the greatest thing about all cinema – terrific stories and compelling characters revealed through a nice wodge of plot. See, the ‘gay movie’ tag is flexible. It can mean loads of things depending on the film in question. You might have a gay flick that’s tackle a character’s sexuality or one that just happens to involve gay characters. Then there’s all the other genres thrown into the mix; horror, sci-fi, romance, fantasy, thriller… the list goes on. What follows are the top 25 gay movies, showcasing the vibrant, albeit oftentimes difficult lives of these characters.

25. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

The movie: 40 years on this Sidney Lumet’s movie still packs a punch. Based on the real-life story of a Brooklyn bank robbery gone wrong – during a mega-hot summer – it combines solid drama with a fast pace. Bad boy Sonny (Al Pacino) plans a bank heist that will help him pay for his male lover’s (Chris Sarandon) sex change operation.

Why it’s worth a watch: Such an earnest situation at the time pushed at the mainstream movie boundaries. The real brilliance of the script is how damn funny it is. From the third member of the heist crew who bails, to Sal’s suggestion of Wyoming when asked which country he’d like to escape to, you’ll find yourself chuckling frequently.

24. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

The movie: Years before he terrorised his Suicide Squad cast members with dead animals and used contraceptives, Jared Leto’s “method approach” earned him an Oscar. Jean-Marc Valle’s no-frills biopic also snagged his co-star Matthew McConaughey an award for his stellar portrayal. And that’s just one fascinating aspect of this moving, gorgeously-crafted movie. Like your tearjerkers? Look no further.

Why it’s worth a watch: Though Leto is magnificent this is McConaughey’s show. Outdoing Christian Bale in the method stakes by shedding loads of weight, the comeback king plays AIDS sufferer Ron Woodroof, whose unconventional approach to self-medication sees him become a beacon of hope for those living with AIDS.

23. Mysterious Skin (2004)

The movie: Directed by celebrated gay auteur Gregg Araki, who dabbles with LGBT in practically every one of his movies, we follow the lives of Neil (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Brian (Brady Corbet). The pair share a tragic event in their past, which sends them off in wildly different directions – one becomes a male prostitute, the other an alien abduction obsessive.

Why it’s worth a watch: It’s not the happiest film, yet Mysterious Skin is nevertheless a rewarding drama that deals with some really difficult issues in a sensitive and compelling way. Plus, didja read the bit about aliens?

22. Imagine Me and You (2005)

The movie: Ol Parker’s quaint British comedy is a by-the-numbers romance that was originally intended to be played straight; woman meets mysterious stranger on her wedding day and proceeds to fall in love with them. After a serious overhaul, Piper Perabo’s bride locks eyes with Lena Headey’s sexy florist (yep, Cersei) as she trots down the aisle. It’s a refreshingly upbeat lesbian pic.

Why it’s worth a watch: In a world where gay characters are regularly sidelined as comedic relief, Imagine Me and You puts them front and center. They’re still funny, mind, but the whole thing’s about them. Brilliant!

21. Happy Together (1997)

The movie: This Hong Kong drama charts the rocky relationship between Ho Po-Wing (Leslie Cheung) and Lai Yiu-fai (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai). The pair take a trip to Argentina in the hope that it will breathe some life into their partnership. Doesn’t quite work out. They break up, they make up, and the backdrops to all of their squabbles are stunning.

Why it’s worth a watch: It’s a confident and stylish offering from director Wong Kar-wait, who insists that the point of the movie isn’t to become ‘another gay film’ but simply as a portrait of modern romance, regardless of gender. Hurrah.

Need a new TV series to watch? We got you.

Representation for LGBTQ people in television has never been better. In fact, a recent report from GLAAD found that the amount of queer characters on our screens has increased by over 100 to a new record.

In celebration, we’ve rounded up 40 must-watch LGBTQ shows that you can watch right now on UK Netflix, from the horror stylings of American Horror Story to the gritty Sabrina reboot, and the acclaimed prison dramedy Orange is the New Black.

AJ and the Queen (2020 – present)

Cast: RuPaul, Izzy G., Michael-Leon Wooley, Josh Segarra, Katerina Tannenbaum, Tia Carrere, Matthew Wilkas

RuPaul made her Netflix Original debut this year on AJ and the Queen as Ruby Red, a “bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen” who travels across America in a rundown RV from the 90s; accompanied by a wise-cracking 10-year-old orphan called AJ. Each episode, Ruby visits a drag club and performs a killer musical number, where she is joined by some of the most legendary contestants from Drag Race HERstory. The Emmy-winner wrote and executive produced the show alongside Michael Patrick King, who is best known for directing, writing and producing iconic HBO comedy Sex and the City, as well as Lisa Kudrow’s lauded satirical drama, The Comeback.

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018)

Cast: Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Édgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin, Joanna P. Adler, Joe Adler, Annaleigh Ashford

The second season of anthology drama American Crime Story focused on the death of legendary gay fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez), who was murdered by Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) on the steps of his home in 1997. Criss received praise for his performance, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries, or Television Film.

American Horror Story (2011 – present)

Cast: Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Lady Gaga, Billy Eichner, Lily Rabe, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman

Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series has received universal acclaim since its premiere seven years ago, with particular praise for the performances of Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy and Angela Bassett. Each season has focused on a different sub-section of horror, such as an asylum, a haunted house, a coven of witches, a cult and the impending apocalypse. There are numerous LGBTQ characters in the series, most notably Paulson’s two lead characters: Lana Winters and Ally Mayfair-Richards. The series has been renewed for three more seasons, meaning American Horror Story will be on our screens until at least 2023.

Atypical (2017 – present)

Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Amy Okuda, Michael Rapaport

British-American actor Keir Gilchrist stars as Sam, a teen on the autism spectrum who decides it’s time to find a girlfriend, a journey that sets his mother Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) on her own life-changing path. Brigette Lundy-Paine co-stars as his sister Casey, who explores her bisexuality throughout the series.

Black Lightning (2018 – present)

Cast: Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Damon Gupton, James Remar, Jordan Colloway

Black Lightning follows the title character – Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) – a retired superhero with the ability to harness electricity, who becomes the headmaster at a high school. He returns to fighting crime when a local gang – The One Hundred – threatens citizens in the community. American actress Nafessa Williams plays Pierce’s daughter Anissa, a lesbian medical student and part-time teacher who is able to manipulate her body’s density at will. Since its debut, the show has received acclaim for its maturity, and portrayal of race and sexuality, and has been renewed for a fourth season.

BoJack Horseman (2014 – present)

Cast: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, Aaron Paul

Although BoJack Horseman received mixed reviews upon release, it has since been hailed as one of the best animated television shows of all time, particularly for its depiction of mental health, sexuality, addiction, sexism, racism and trauma. The series follows the title character (Arnett), a washed-up, depressed actor who tries to get his career back on track with the help of his agent, Princess Carolyn (Sedaris), and his unwanted roommate, the naive yet kind-hearted Todd (Paul). In the third season finale, Todd came out as asexual and the show’s handling of the subject matter received widespread acclaim. A recent study discovered that Todd was the only asexual character across all television platforms in 2019.

Bonding (2019 – present)

Cast: Zoe Levin, Brendan Scannell, Micah Stock, Matthew Wilkas

Loosely based on the experience of creator Rightor Doyle, Bonding follows psychiatry student slash dominatrix Tiff (Zoe Levin) who enlists her gay best friend from high school, Peter (Brendan Scannell) to be her assistant. Throughout the course of the series, Peter comes to terms with his sexuality and his newfound venture into sadomasochism, while Tiff attempts her balance her career with her… clients. Season two will premiere later this year.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018 – present)

Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Miranda Otto, Jaz Sinclair, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Richard Coyle, Chance Perdomo, Darren Mann

Netflix’s gritty reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch stars American actress Kiernan Shipka as the titular character, who is forced to juggle her supernatural abilities with her mortal life. There are quite a few queer moments throughout the series, such as the relationship between pansexual warlock Ambrose Spellman (Chance Perdomo) and Luke Chalfont (Darren Mann), Susie Putnam (Lachlan Watson) coming out as trans and of course that steamy orgy scene. It will return for its third season 24 January.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015-2019)

Cast: Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Donna Lynne Champlin, Pete Gardner, Vella Lovell, Gabrielle Luiz, David Hull, Scott Michael Foster

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend follows the overachieving Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), a real estate lawyer from Harvard who leaves her job in New York City to win back her ex-boyfriend. The series has received widespread praise since its debut for its portrayal of mental health, female sexuality and parenting, with Bloom receiving a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2016. One of the most prominent storylines in the series includes Darryl (Pete Gardner) and Josh’s (David Hull) relationship, and Josh’s reluctance to start a family. In later seasons, Rebecca’s close friend Valencia (Gabrielle Luiz) also embarks on a lesbian relationship with a woman called Beth, and it’s one of the most healthiest relationships of the series.

Daybreak (2019)

Cast: Colin Ford, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Sophie Simnett, Austin Crute, Cody Kearsley, Jeanté Godlock, Gregory Kasyan, Krysta Rodriguez, Matthew Broderick

The latest addition to Netflix’s burgeoning Originals lineup is a brilliant blend of Mad Max, Zombieland and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (it even stars Matthew Broderick as a cannibalistic headteacher) loosely based on Brian Ralph’s celebrated graphic novel of the same name, with enough pop culture references to warrant several viewings. The show focuses on high schooler Josh Wheeler (Colin Ford) as he searches for his missing girlfriend in the city of Glendale, California. Like many great franchises, it’s the supporting cast that really make the world pop, especially Wesley Fists (Austin Crute), a bad-ass, sword-wielding hero; but what makes Wesley truly great is that he’s gay. It challenges the old stereotypes that being queer means being weak or a victim. Despite receiving positive reviews, the series was cancelled after just one season.

Dear White People (2017 – present)

Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton, Antoinette Robertson, John Patrick Amedori, Marque Richardson, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Giancarlo Esposito

Based on the 2014 film of the same name, Dear White People tells the story of several black college students at Winchester University, an Ivy League institution, and often touches upon issues surrounding modern American race relations. DeRon Horton’s character, Lionel Higgins, is coming to terms with his sexuality and often struggles with being a black man in the queer community, as well as a queer man in the black community. The fourth and final season will premiere later this year.

Eastsiders (2012 – 2019)

Cast: Van Hansis, Kit Williamson, John Halbach, Constance Wu, Matthew McKelligon, Stephen Guarino, Brianna Brown, Willam

Set in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, Eastsiders follows on-and-off couple Thom (Van Hansis) and Cal (Kit Williamson) as they struggle to come to terms with their infidelity and substance abuse. The series also stars legendary RuPaul’s Drag Race star Willam as Douglas/Gomorrah Ray, a drag queen and door lady who falls in love with Stephen Guarino’s character Quincy. Hustlers and Crazy Rich Asians actress Constance Wu co-stars as Kathy, Cal’s best friend. The show has received numerous accolades including six Daytime Emmy Award nominations.

Elite (2018 – present)

Cast: María Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardeau, Mina El Hammani, Miguel Herrán, Jaime Lorente, Álvaro Rico, Arón Piper, Omar Ayuso

Spanish teen drama Elite follows three working class friends Samuel (Itzan Escamilla), Nadia (Mina El Hammani) and Christian (Miguel Herrán), who are sent to an elite boarding school after their previous school was destroyed. Since its debut, Omar (Omar Ayuso) and Ander’s (Arón Piper) relationship has received a positive reaction online and have even received their own adorable couple name: Omander. In 2018, Netflix had the best response to homophobic viewers who condemned their love, posting hundreds of rainbow emojis and the comeback: “Sorry couldn’t read your comment while surrounded by all these beautiful rainbows.” The third season will premiere in March, just six months after its highly-praised follow-up.

Glee (2009 – 2015)

Cast: Lea Michele, Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss, Harry Shum Jr, Chord Overstreet, Jacob Artist, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Jenna Ushkowitz, Corey Monteith

Ryan Murphy’s musical teen drama focuses on several students in the fictitious William McKinley High School glee club, as they navigate issues such as sexuality, race, gender identity, bulimia, pregnancy and school violence. In the first season, Kurt (Chris Colfer) struggles with his sexuality and his feelings for Finn (Corey Monteith) and in later years, becomes romantically involved with Blaine (Darren Criss). They were later named “one of the most beloved TV couples of the millennium”. Naya Rivera also received widespread praise for her portrayal as Santana, a popular, hard-as-nails cheerleader at McKinley who embarks on a friends-with-benefits-esque relationship with fellow cheerleader, Brittany (Heather Morris). Glee was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards.

Grace and Frankie (2015 – present)

Cast: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, Sam Waterson, June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker

Hollywood icons Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as two unlikely friends who bond after their husbands leave them… for each other. It’s received glowing reviews since the premiere, and the cast – especially Fonda and Tomlin – have been lauded for their performances, receiving multiple nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. We see so much representation for LGBTQ youth on our TV screens, so Grace and Frankie is a breath of fresh air.

The Haunting of Hill House (2018 – present)

Cast: Michael Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti

This terrifying series is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson and recalls the paranormal events witnessed by the Crain family in 1992, and the aftermath 26 years later. Theodora Crain (Kate Siegel), the primary queer character of Hill House, is often at the forefront of many LGBTQ scenes, such as her relationship with Trish and her coming out to her family. The series has been renewed for a second season, but like American Horror Story, will return as an anthology series. The primary cast are set to reprise their roles, and it will take inspiration from The Haunting of Bly Manor, a novella by Henry James. It will premiere later this year (here’s hoping it introduces more queer characters).

How to Get Away with Murder (2014 – present)

Cast: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Webber, Liza Weil, Conrad Ricamora

Academy Award winner Viola Davis stars as Annalise Keating, a law professor who becomes entangled in a murder plot with five of her students – one of which is playboy Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), who embarks on a relationship with computer programmer Oliver Hampton (Conrad Ricamora). The two are – without question – the main power couple of the series, and one of their storylines (we won’t spoil it) revolves around a pretty heavy topic, one that’s not often addressed in a show this mainstream. The sixth and final season premiered last September in the United States and will conclude this Spring.

Jane the Virgin (2015 – 2019)

Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Justin Baldoni, Yael Grobglas, Ivonne Coll, Brett Dier, Jaime Camil, Yara Martinez, Rosario Dawson

Jane the Virgin stars Gina Rodriguez as the title character, who becomes pregnant via artificial insemination after a checkup at her gynaecologist. Yes – straight out of a telenovela! The series follows her journey as she balances two love interests, Michael (Brett Dier) and Rafael, the father of her child (Justin Baldoni). As the series progresses, Jane’s nemesis, Petra (Yael Groblas), explores her sexuality and becomes involved with ‘Lawyer Jane’, portrayed by Rosario Dawson.

Jessica Jones (2015 – 2019)

Cast: Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Wil Traval, Erin Moriarty, Carrie Anne-Moss, Eka Darville, David Tennant, Janet McTeer

Netflix’s second in a series of shows set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jessica Jones follows the titular character (played so brilliantly by Krysten Ritter), a former superhero with her own detective agency. The first season was universally acclaimed by critics for its approach to sexuality, and depiction of darker topics such as rape, assault and PTSD. The Matrix’s very own Carrie Anne-Moss stars as Jeri Hogarth, Jessica’s lesbian attorney and ally. The series’ last season also features Marvel Studios’ first major trans character.

The OA (2016 – 2019)

Cast: Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson, Phyllis Smith, Alice Krige, Patrick Gibson, Brendan Meyer, Brandon Perea, Ian Alexander, Jason Isaacs, Will Brill, Sharon Van Etten, Paz Vega, Chloe Levine, Kingsley Ben-Adir

Created and produced by Brit Marling, The OA follows Prairie Johnson (also Marling), a young woman who returns to her hometown after having been missing for seven years. Before her disappearance, Prairie was blind, but she can now see – which she claims is down to a supernatural force. Over the course of two seasons, Prairie and her friends (one of which includes a young trans boy) discover things they never would have thought possible; portals into other dimensions and realities.

Orange is the New Black (2013 – 2019)

Cast: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Samira Wiley, Danielle Brooks, Jackie Cruz, Selenis Leyva, Dascha Polanco, Nick Sandow, Yael Stone

Orange is the New Black has become Netflix’s most watched original series since its debut. The critically-acclaimed drama follows several characters in a woman’s prison, and is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name. Lead character Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Alex’s (Laura Prepon) relationship is at the forefront of several storylines, and the show has many other supporting queer characters, most notably Laverne Cox’s portrayal of trans inmate Sophia Bursett. Her performance led to the American actress being nominated for an Emmy, making her the first transgender person to be nominated for such an award.

One Day at a Time (2017 – 2019)

Cast: Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Todd Grinnell, Stephen Tobolowsky

One Day at a Time follows the story of Cuban-American mother and former Army veteran who suffers from PTSD, and her relationship with her family. This year, the show was cancelled by Netflix which subsequently caused a massive uproar from fans on social media. It became known for tackling issues such as homophobia, racism and depression, topics that aren’t usually dealt with in the sitcom genre. It may not be returning for a fourth run, but it’s still worth a rewatch, and who knows, if it’s streamed enough, they may reconsider their decision.

The Politician (2019 – present)

Cast: Ben Platt, Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, Bette Midler, Judith Light

Ryan Murphy’s satirical comedy follows Ben Platt’s character Payton Hobart, a wealthy student from California who is determined to become the President of the United States. First, he has to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. It’s stylish, it’s camp, and it features the most iconic quote of the year courtesy of Jessica Lange: “That’s what gays do: munch butts and celebrate Halloween.” Netflix have commissioned two seasons of the show with five planned, each of which will revolve around a different election that will chronicle Peyton’s rise to power.

Queer Eye (2018 – present)

Cast: Karamo Brown, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness

The reboot of Bravo’s iconic series, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, follows a new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski, food and wine expert; Tan France, fashion expert; Karamo Brown, culture expert; Bobby Berk, design expert; and Jonathan Van Ness, grooming expert. The series follows the stars as they travel around the United States and transform the lives of people – straight and LGBTQ – who are in dire need of lifestyle makeovers. Make sure you have tissues by your side…

Riverdale (2017 – present)

Cast: KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Luke Perry, Casey Cott, Skeet Ulrich, Charles Melton, Vanessa Morgan

Riverdale, which is based on characters from the iconic Archie Comics, is known for providing plenty of adorable couples for viewers to obsess over, but none gets us more excited than Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) and Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan). Known affectionately as Choni, the two women got together towards the end of the show’s second season when Toni helped Cheryl come to terms with her bisexuality and later saved her from a gay conversion ‘therapy’ camp. Throughout its run, the teen drama has received highly positive reviews for its portrayal of LGBTQ characters, with its depiction of a gay romance in its first season, and the coming out of a major character in the second.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009 – present)

Cast: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice, Merle Ginsberg, Ross Matthews, Carson Kressley

RuPaul’s Drag Race documents RuPaul’s search for America’s Next Drag Superstar – think America’s Next Top Model meets drag queens. The show has spawned 11 seasons to date, as well as four editions of All Stars (the first three seasons are unfortunately not available on Netflix), and has launched the careers of several sickening drag performers such as Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Jinkx Monsoon, Bob the Drag Queen, Trixie Mattel, Katya and Shangela. Although it’s often said that “drag will never be mainstream”, the series became the first to win Emmy Awards for Outstanding Host and Outstanding Reality Competition in the same year. If you want to live a better life and learn to love yourself, watch RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Sense8 (2015-2018)

Cast: Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, Freema Agyeman, Terrence Mann, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, Toby Onwumere

Sense8 tells the story of eight unique individuals born on the same day who can connect with one another’s thoughts and actions, as they embark on a journey together to find out why they can do what they do. It’s mind-boggling at times, but it’s also one of the most diverse and queer-friendly TV shows ever made. The series is also known for its explicit sex scenes and no-holds-barred orgies, which regularly bring the whole cast together for some intense on-screen love-making. The series was cancelled after just two seasons, sparking uproar from fans online. The backlash led to the streaming service commissioning a two and a half hour series finale, which aired in June 2018.

Sex Education (2019 – present)

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Aimee-Lou Wood, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Sterling, Tanya Reynolds, Patricia Allison

Netflix original coming-of-age dramedy Sex Education follows a sexually awkward teenager (Asa Butterfield) living with his sex therapist mother, and his friendship with gay character Eric (Ncuti Gatwa). It received high acclaim from fans and critics for the cast’s performances, for tackling sensitive subjects and its diverse representation of the LGBTQ community. The streaming service later announced that the series received over 40 million streams within its first month of release, becoming one of Netflix’s most successful shows in history. Season two makes its debut 17 January.

Schitt’s Creek (2015 – present)

Cast: Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire, Jennifer Robertson, Chris Elliot, Tim Rozon, Sarah Levy, Dustin Milligan, Noah Reid

The criminally underrated Schitt’s Creek stars Emmy Award winner Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, and Annie Murphy as the Rose family, wealthy socialites who lose their fortune and have to take refuge in a town they bought as a joke, Schitt’s Creek. The series is one of the funniest comedies currently on television and features a pansexual character in David, played ever so brilliantly by Dan Levy. He embarks on relationships with both men and women, and it’s never presented as an issue, it’s simply accepted by every character. All five seasons are available to view now on Netflix UK. You won’t regret it. Catherine O’Hara’s Moira Rose is possibly the greatest comedy character on TV right now. Bold? Whatever, we went there.

Shadowhunters (2016 – 2019)

Cast: Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia, Isaiah Mustafa, Harry Shum Jr., Alisha Wainwright, Alan van Sprang, Maxim Roy

The second adaptation of the novel series, following the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the series follows Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara), who finds out on her 18th birthday that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. While the show received mixed reviews throughout its run, the relationship between Alec (Matthew Daddario) and Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) has become one of the most championed TV relationships in recent memory, spawning thousands of (mostly erotic) fan fiction across Tumblr. The show was cancelled last year, breaking the hearts of millions of fans who ‘ship’ the couple, which has been described as one of the most natural and realistic LGBTQ romances on air.

Special (2019 – present)

Cast: Ryan O’Connell, Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel, Marla Mindelle, Augustus Prew, Patrick Fabian

Special is a brand new eight-part comedy based on series creator and star Ryan O’Connell’s part-memoir, part-manifesto I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves. The Jim Parsons-produced series premiered on Netflix last year and follows a gay man living with mild cerebral palsy who decides to rewrite his identity as an accident victim and finally go after the life he wants. In December, Special was renewed for a second season.

Star Trek: Discovery (2017 – present)

Cast: Soneque Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Jason Isaacs, Wilson Cruz, Anson Moun

Star Trek: Discovery made headlines last year by boldly going where no men (on the show) have gone before, by featuring the franchise’s first ever gay couple. Lt. Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) locked lips on the USS Discovery during the mid-season finale, becoming the first ever gay kiss in the Star Trek universe. The series – which stars Sonequa Martin-Green in the lead role – is set 10 years before we see Captain Kirk and Spock embark on their adventures on the USS Enterprise. A third season has been ordered.

Stranger Things (2016 – present)

Cast: Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, David Harbour, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Noah Schnapp, Matthew Modine, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, Dacre Montgomery, Maya Hawke

Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the first season of Stranger Things – set in 1983 – focuses on the investigation into the disappearance of Will Byers and the supernatural events occurring in the town. Over the course of the series, we’re introduced to a girl with psychokinetic abilities, demonic hell dimensions and government conspiracies. Originally, the series didn’t include any openly queer characters, but that all changed with the debut of Maya Hawke’s character, Robin, in the third season.

Tales of the City (2019 – present)

Cast: Laura Linney, Ellen Page, Paul Gross, Murray Bartlett, Barbara Garrick, Charlie Barnett

Netflix’s 10-episode revival of the iconic queer series follows Mary Ann (Linney) as she returns home to San Francisco, where she’s reunited with her daughter and ex-husband Brian 20 years after leaving them for her career. Recurring cast members include Bob the Drag Queen (RuPaul’s Drag Race) as burlesque club manager Ida Best; Jen Richards (Her Story) as a young Anna Madrigal; and Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman) as trans woman Ysela, who plays a pivotal role in Anna’s life.

Trinkets (2019 – present)

Cast: Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira, Quintessa Swindell, Brandon Butler, Odiseas Georgiadis, Larry Sullivan, Dana Green

Inspired by the teen novel of the same name, Netflix’s new dramedy Trinkets centres on three teenage girls from the same school who become best friends after bonding over their shoplifting habit. Deadpool star Brianna Hildebrand (Megasonic Teenage Warhead) is gay and it’s not a big deal, which makes her character so remarkable. No one gives a crap, it’s not a major part of her storyline, and she’s accepted by her friends, family and her peers. It will return for its second and final season this year.

The Umbrella Academy (2019 – present)

Cast: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Kate Walsh, Cameron Britton, John Magaro

The fantasy drama – which premiered earlier this year – is an adaptation of the comic book series of the same name, which was created by My Chemical Romance star Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, and follows a dysfunctional family of superpowered beings who unite after their father’s mysterious death. Upon release, the series received praise from fans and critics for the cast’s performances and visual effects. It also received positive reviews for its inclusion of a queer character portrayed by Robert Sheehan.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015 – 2019)

Cast: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski, Sarah Chase, Lauren Adams, Sol Miranda

Netflix’s critically-acclaimed sitcom follows Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper), an enthusiastic 29-year-old trying to adjust to life in NYC after being kept in a bunker for 15 years by a deranged doomsday cult leader. Kimmy’s bff, the melodramatic and self-absorbed Titus Andromedon, is the breakout star of the show and has garnered Tituss Burgess four consecutive Primtime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor.

What / If (2019 – present)

Cast: Jane Levy, Blake Jenner, Renee Zellweger, Keith Powers, Samantha Marie Ware, Juan Castano, Dave Annable, Saamer Usmani, Daniella Pineda, John Clarence Stewart, Louis Herthum, Derek Smith

Academy Award-winning actress Renee Zellweger stars as Anne Montgomery, a vindictive and duplicitous businesswoman who explores mortality and temptation by meddling in the lives of various strangers. John Clarence Stewart and Juan Castano star as gay couple Lionel and Marcos, while Derek Smith plays a go-go dancer who they’ve been intimate with. It may have received mostly negative reviews from critics, but whatever, it’s addictive.

You Me Her (2016 – present)

Cast: Rachel Blanchard, Greg Poehler, Priscilla Faia, Melanie Papalia, Jarod Joseph

When married couple Jack (Greg Poehler) and Emma Trakarsky (Rachel Blanchard) realise they need to amp up their sex life, they invite 25-year-old college student and part-time escort Izzy Silva (Priscilla Faira) into their marriage to form a thruple. The series follows the three as they navigate various social norms and prejudices and their own feelings of insecurity.

Related: The best LGBTQ films you can watch right now on Netflix.

Sean Penn in ‘Milk’

For Pride Month, or any other time of the year, it’s good to know where to find quality entertainment featuring LGBTQ characters, stories and themes. Fortunately, Netflix is host to a virtual library of movies from different genres and around the world that tell these stories with care.

Here are our picks for the best films on Netflix centered on LGBTQ characters.

Alex Hibbert in ‘Moonlight’ (A24)

1. Moonlight (2016)

What could be a better place to start than with the first-ever LGBTQ-related film to win top honors at the Oscars?

Defiantly eschewing sentimentality and hand-holding, director and screenwriter Barry Jenkins tells this story of light and love in seemingly hopeless circumstances with broad strokes, gritty reality and some of the most intoxicating audiovisual loveliness on record.

Moonlight won three Academy Awards, including a Best Picture victory in one of the biggest live-television blunders of all time. Moonlight will stand alongside the likes of Casablanca, The Godfather and select others as a Best Picture winner for the ages.

Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in ‘Carol’ (TWC)

2. Carol (2015)

Based on the 1952 novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, what is arguably the best film of Todd Haynes‘ illustrious career to date tells the story of forbidden love between a young photographer (Rooney Mara) and an older woman (Cate Blanchett) going through a rough divorce. This is an utterly riveting, even exhausting watch, as the lovers must overcome disheartening, dehumanizing adversity. The hopeful ending is hard-won and deeply gratifying.

Mara won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, but was submitted for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars. Carol was nominated for six Academy Awards total, surprisingly shut out of Best Picture and Best Director categories.

Sean Penn in ‘Milk’ (Focus Features)

3. Milk (2008)

Sean Penn delivers one of his finest performances in Gus Van Sant‘s biographical drama about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. Milk was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture. It won two, Penn taking his second Best Actor trophy, and out writer Dustin Lance Black winning for his original screenplay.

Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu in ‘God’s Own Country’ (Orion)

4. God’s Own Country (2017)

Francis Lee‘s quiet, optimistic stunner about the healing powers of a love between two farmhands is something like perfection. Set in the filmmaker’s native Yorkshire, God’s Own Country has a uniquely tactile quality about it, and lead actors Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu don’t hit a false note.

The emotional arc and through-line here is as simple and clear as it is effective. It all sneaks up on you, then knocks the stuffing out of you. Best of luck not sobbing uncontrollably.

Related: Parade‘s Review of God’s Own Country

Finn O’Shea and Nicholas Galitzine in ‘Handsome Devil”

5. Handsome Devil (2017)

This upbeat, somewhat fluffy yet undeniably charming Irish comedy is about a turbulent friendship between two schoolboys. Handsome Devil stars Finn O’Shea and Nicholas Galitzine, and won the award for Best Irish Feature from the Dublin Critics’ Circle. Sherlock and SPECTRE star Andrew Scott plays a supporting role as the boys’ English teacher.

Madeline Weinstein, Daniel Doheny and Antonio Marziale star in ALEX STRANGELOVE (Netflix)

6. Alex Strangelove (2018)

All at once joyous, raunchy and disarmingly poignant, this Netflix original movie stars Daniel Doheny as Alex Truelove, a deeply closeted high school senior who loves his girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein), but is overwhelmed with confusion when he falls for a handsome, comfortably out boy named Elliot (Antonio Marziale).

Related: Netflix’s Alex Strangelove Is An Edgy, Touching Dramedy About Finding Yourself

‘Those People’ (Wolfe Video)

7. Those People (2016)

This sad and gripping romantic drama stars Jonathan Gordon and Haaz Sleiman as a young painter and older pianist who fall for each other in Manhattan. Writer/director Joey Kuhn said Those People was inspired by his own experience falling in love with his best college friend. Some story elements were inspired by the scandal surrounding Bernie Madoff and his family.

Those People was nominated for Outstanding Film – Limited Release at the 28th GLAAD Media Awards in 2017.

Alex Dimitriades in ‘Head On’ (Umbrella Entertainment)

8. Head On (1998)

Alex Dimitriades stars as a 19-year-old Greek youth exploring his sexuality in sometimes risky ways. Head On received fairly positive reviews upon release, though it was controversial for its explicit sexual content. Writer/director Ana Kokkinos received L.A. Outfest’s Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Foreign Narrative Feature.

Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon in ‘Other People’

9. Other People (2016)

A splendid tragicomic performance from Molly Shannon is the big draw in this dramedy, a semi-autobiographical look at writer/director Chris Kelly‘s family life. Shannon won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work here.

Blue is the Warmest Color (Wild Bunch)

10. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

Its reputation somewhat marred by controversy and a highly publicized falling-out between star and director, Blue is the Warmest Color is an undeniably moving epic, carried by sensational lead performances by Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. Blue is the Warmest Color unanimously won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, also winning awards for director Abdellatif Kechiche and the actresses. Sadly, the director’s latest, Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo, was marred by even grislier behind-the-scenes controversy, and is one of the biggest critical disappointments in Cannes history.

‘Concussion’

11. Concussion (2013)

Stacie Passon‘s drama stars Robin Weigert as a disillusioned lesbian housewife who decides to try her hand at high-end escorting following a head injury. Concussion is a surprisingly fresh and unusual spin on a setup we’ve seen iterations of in countless other dramas about marriages hitting a rough patch. Concussion premiered at Sundance and won a special Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.

‘Paris is Burning’ (Off-White Productions)

12. Paris is Burning (1990)

Jennie Livingston‘s documentary is an exploration of the golden age of New York City ball culture. It was acclaimed as an invaluable artifact when it was released, and it’s only gained relevance in the decades since. When Paris is Burning didn’t receive a nomination for Best Documentary at the Oscars, it was a scandal. That category continued to be one of the Academy’s most controversial and contested.

In 2016, Paris is Burning was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

This is the perfect complement to FX’s innovative hit drama Pose, which is now streaming on Netflix as well.

‘Loev’ (Netflix)

13. Loev (2015)

This affecting love story relied partially on crowdfunding for its modest $1 million budget. An Indian production, Loev was nothing short of revolutionary, given the country’s penal code for homosexuality at the time of release.

Loev won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film in 2016 at the Tel Aviv International Film Festival. This is the first Indian film ever to be shown at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Rebecca Spence in ‘Princess Cyd’ (Wolfe Video)

14. Princess Cyd (2017)

Following his underrated Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (seek that one out for another excellent film with LGBTQ youths), Stephen Cone made this family drama about a teen who falls for another girl when traveling through Chicago to visit her aunt. Cone really has a unique gift for creating utterly real characters you feel like you’ve met in real life. It feels like he pulled people off the street moments before rolling the cameras. He’s really talented, and surely he will keep making interesting choices as a filmmaker.

‘Holding the Man’ (Transmission Films)

15. Holding the Man (2015)

Based on Australian author Timothy Conigrave‘s renowned memoir and the stage play of the same name, Holding the Man tells a devastatingly sad, yet deeply romantic story of real-life lovers who met as schoolmates. Holding the Man was directed by Neil Armfield and boasts strong chemistry between leads Ryan Corr and Craig Stott.

Murray Bartlett and Laura Linney in ‘Tales of the City’

Honorable Mention: Tales of the City (2019)

It’s more than worth mentioning that all 10 episodes of Netflix’s followup to Armistead Maupin‘s landmark series are now available for streaming. Laura Linney, Paul Gross, Olympia Dukakis, and Barbara Garrick all reprise their roles from the 1993 TV miniseries.

What is your favorite movie centered on LGBTQ characters of all time? Let us know in the comments.

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