Jun 15, 2020

Happy Pride Month, everybody! Unfortunately, this year, we’ve got no choice but to celebrate indoors. Some may have joined e-parties, seminars and other online activities to experience the colorful festivities this year, while some have been binge-watching LGBT+ TV series. We know you may be thinking you’ve watched it all already, but we promise, this isn’t another to-watch list with RuPaul, Pose and Sense8. Here are some underrated LGBT+ TV shows you should watch.

 

Please Like Me

Let’s start off on a light note. “Please Like Me” is an Australian comedy-drama series that centers around Josh, a 20-something who realizes he’s gay after his girlfriend breaks up with him. The story develops when he beds an acquaintance and moves in with his suicidal mother.

Watch it on Netflix.

 

Cheer

Following a college competitive cheer squad, this six-part docuseries not only focuses on dance, but also on the personal lives of these students. The two queer leads, Jerry Harris and La’Darius Marshall, along with their coach Monica show the perfectionist requirements of being a cheerleader.

Watch it on Netflix.

 

The Fosters

This sitcom gets plus points because of proper LGBT+ representation—one that’s portrayed as the norm and not a plot device. Led by lesbian foster parents Stef and Lena who adopt five teenagers, the family-friendly show follows their comedic shenanigans, but don’t fall short of storylines about sexual identity during its five-season run.

Watch it on Amazon Prime.

 

She’s Gotta Have It

Produced by the iconic Spike Lee, the veteram filmmaker revisits his first feature film with a Netflix original series of the same name. The story follows Nola Darling, a pansexual known for her work on black female sexuality, as she starts a serious relationship with a woman named Opal after years of dating around. 

Watch it on Netflix.

 

Vida

Spotlighting the queer Latinx community, “Vida” centers on two sisters, Emma and Lyn, who are left with tons of wealth after the death of their mother. Other than having a number of queer, POC (people of color) characters, it tackles identity policing among the queer and Latinx community as well.

Watch it on Amazon Prime.

 

Tales of the City

Helmed by lesbian showrunner, Lauren Morelli, this miniseries follows Mary Ann Singleton who returns to her hometown in San Francisco after 23 years. She reintroduces herself to characters from her childhood who have discovered more about their sexuality and are all coming to terms with their identity. 

Watch it on Netflix.

 

Gentleman Jack

For those into history, “Gentleman Jack,” set in the year 1832, is based on the diary of landowner and diarist Anne Lister. The series visualizes her documententation of a lifetime of lesbian relationships during a time that silenced and abhorred LGBT+ lives. 

Watch it on HBO.

 

 

Header photo courtesy of  Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

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