The streaming service Netflix has a good stash of LGBTQI+ content available to subscribers, and you might be wondering what is worth a watch.
If you’re stuck for choice the next time you’re browsing for something to watch, take a look at some of our suggestions.
In this show, based on his memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, Ryan O’Connell plays a fictionalised version of himself. Without sanitising the experience, this comedy follows Ryan as he lives his life as a gay man with cerebral palsy. O’Connell, who is also the executive producer of Special, made headlines with his decision to cast gay actors for the gay parts in the show, telling The Wrap, “That’s what you have to do, you have to protect the powerless and give them opportunities, that’s the only way they can advance… Hollywood loves to profit off the pain of marginalised people without giving us any opportunities.”
2. Queer Eye
Now in its fourth season, Queer Eye always never leaves a single dry eye in its wake. The makeovers featured in Queer Eye are very much a holistic affair, with Fab Five Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France and Karamo Brown creating transformations that will leave you inspired and infused with new-found hope for the world.
3. Tales of the City
This wholesome drama, featuring such names as Ellen Page and Laura Linney, follows Mary Ann Singleton (played by Linney) as she returns to San Francisco, where she is reunited with her ex-husband and daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) after leaving them to focus on her career two decades before. The show is a beautiful exploration of intergenerational LGBTQ relationships, and is the perfect heart-warmer for when you’re feeling low.
4. Black Mirror
Fans of this dystopian tale that warns us about the dangers of technology were thrilled when the show’s third series featured a queer storyline, and have a lot to look forward to in terms of queer content in the show’s fifth season, which released earlier this year. If you haven’t seen Black Mirror yet, you can catch up on all the previous seasons on Netflix, too.
5. One Day at a Time
This remake of a 1970s sitcom is a wholesome family affair that deals with coming to terms with one’s sexuality as a teenager in a Cuban-American family, among many other themes. Don’t expect too much doom and gloom, though – Justina Machado as single mom Penelope is a realistic character who supports her daughter’s journey of self-discovery, even if she has to navigate her own internal bias in order to do so.