8 LGBTIAQ+ series and movies to indulge in this Pride Month
To celebrate Pride Month, we’ve compiled a list of series and movies you can watch while on lockdown. So, relax, get a glass of wine, or 2 and binge on these not only educational, but inclusive and entertaining shows.
Sex Education is a heart-warming coming-of-age drama that follows young people trying to navigate sex, relationships, growing pains, sexuality, coming out, slut-shaming as well as their own identities. Sex Education is packed with some eye candy so that’s a plus, the series is also empathetic and non-judgmental and that’s why we love it. Sex Education is available on Netflix and Showmax.
If you haven’t started watching Pose, what have you been doing? Pose is a queer musical-dance series that centres LGBTQ. The show stars are lost queer teens, hopeless romantic sex workers, defiant trans matriarchs and more. There’s a character for everyone to relate to. We love the jaw-dropping series because it features a cast of transgender actors. It’s sincere, light-hearted, and just like Sex Education, Pose is also broadly empathetic and non-judgmental. Pose is a Netflix series.
While You Weren’t Looking
While You Weren’t Looking is an oldie but goodie, the film interweaves the lives and experiences of a cross section of Cape Town queers. While You Weren’t Looking takes a fairly broad perspective on gay and lesbian life in South Africa, using its characters to slice through a cross-section of social, economic and racial divides. While You Weren’t Looking is available on Showmax.
Undoubtedly the most exciting on our list, Élite is a murderous teen drama that explores conversations about polyamory, homosexuality and living with HIV. If you’re a fan of How to get away with murder, Élite is definitely for you. Élite is a Netflix series.
In this adults-only high school drama series, Zendaya (K.C. Undercover, Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Greatest Showman) stars as 17-year-old Rue, who returns home from rehab with no plans to stay clean, and falls for the new girl in town, Jules (played by trans superstar Hunter Schafer). Euphoria is available on Netflix and Showmax.
The L-Word: Generation Q
In this sequel to the ground-breaking, Emmy-nominated 2004-2009 series, Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey reprise their original roles alongside a new generation of diverse, self-possessed LGBTQIA+ characters as they take on love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A. The L-Word: Generation Q is available on Showmax, Showmax also has all six seasons of the original hit series.
Based on author and LGBTQIA+ activist Garrard Conley’s acclaimed autobiographical memoir, this true story is about Jared Hedges, the son of a Baptist preacher in a small town, who is confronted with an ultimatum after being forcibly outed to his parents. The stellar cast also includes Emmy winner Cherry Jones, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and South African-born Spud actor, singer and YouTuber Troye Sivan. Boy, Erased is available on Showmax.
Die Stropers/The Harversters
This tense, beautifully filmed drama is set against the backdrop of the farmlands of the Free State, where a deeply religious and heavily patriarchal Afrikaans family takes in hardened teenage street orphan, Pieter, throwing 15-year-old Janno’s life into turmoil as he is forced to confront his sexuality while competing for his place in the family and his mother’s love. Die Stropers was nominated for the Un Certain Regard and Golden Camera awards at Cannes and won the Grand Prize at Chéries-Chéris, the LGBTI film festival in Paris. Die Stropers is available on Showmax.