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Although Pride marches are almost entirely not happening this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, streaming platforms have added plenty of LGBTQ+ options in recent months and especially June. As Pride Month comes to a close, celebrate in style without leaving home by watching any of the below TV shows or movies.
1. We’re Here (HBO Max)
Although We’re Here premiered back in April, the six-episode docuseries is especially relevant during a Pride month in which people from the suburbs or even rural areas can’t travel to big cities to participate in Pride marches. In We’re Here, Former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela, and Eureka O’Hara travel throughout the country to recruit drag queens in small towns for one-night-only drag shows. Some critics have called the show a must-watch.
2. Legendary (HBO Max)
The ongoing HBO Max series Legendary adds voguing to the list of art forms now explored in the ubiquitous reality TV format of judged competitions performed for a live audience. In the series, Master of Ceremonies and voguing legend Dashaun Wesley oversees voguing competitions among eight ballroom houses, and judges Law Roach, Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, and Megan Thee Stallion decide on one house to eliminate every week. Voguing is widely associated with queer culture, especially the artforms of queer and trans people of color.
3. Pose (Netflix)
If Legendary brings the ballroom into the modern-day, Pose focuses on the ballroom scene during one of its most important eras. The FX show’s second season, which takes place in 1990 and 1991, arrived on Netflix earlier this month after a tremendously acclaimed first season set in 1987 and 1988.
Pose is known for its historical realism, as it is often based on real-life events, and for its heavily transgender cast, easily the largest cast of transgender actors in TV history. For the show’s first season, Billy Porter made history as the first openly gay Black man to be nominated for and win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
4. Love, Victor (Hulu)
A spinoff of the highly successful movie Love, Simon, Hulu’s new TV show Love, Victor focuses on the journey that high schooler Victor Salazar takes to accept his sexuality. Love, Victor is the first work in the Love, Simon universe to not feature input from Becky Albertalli, who wrote Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda, the beloved young adult fiction novel on which Love, Simon is based. Love, Simon star Nick Robinson reprises his titular role for one Love, Victor episode.
5. Disclosure (Netflix)
In Disclosure, prominent transgender creatives, thinkers, and other icons discuss and explore the impact of Hollywood representation on the fight for trans rights and equality. Although Laverne Cox has most prominently been associated with the show, other transgender media icons featured are The Matrix co-director Lilly Wachowski, Nashville cast member Jen Richards, Sense8 star Jamie Clayton, and multi-hyphenate Chaz Bono, the only child of Sonny and Cher.
What LGBTQ+ content will you be streaming this month to celebrate Pride? Share your faves in the comments!