Vampires and hunters destined for a bloody showdown amid a blossoming relationship, queer-themed reality shows showcasing immense talent, multiple book adaptions on screen, a Swedish Prince have a choice to make and Neal Patrick Harris takes a trip back in time with singer Olly Alexander. All of this and more can be found in our collection of movies and television shows that educate and highlight the relevance of gay, lesbian, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) culture in recent times.
Below is a list of recent LGBTQ+-themed films and television shows as well as a few noteworthy mentions released after 2020 to watch this Pride month!
First Kill (Netflix)
‘First Kill’ will see the return of a love story of Vampires, however this time with a family member of monster hunters. As time sets in for Juliette, a young vampire, to perform her first kill, she sets her sights on Calliope. Completing her first kill will allow her to take her place in her powerful vampire family. Calliope, however, is a vampire hunter from a line of legendary slayers, also ready for her first task. When they fall in love, they both understand it will be tough to complete their assignment.
In the series, Sarah Catherine Hook (‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’) and Imani Lewis (‘The Equalizer Series’) play each other’s love interests as a vampire and a monster hunter, respectively. Elizabeth Mitchell (‘What We Found’), Aubin Wise (‘Atlanta’), Jason Robert Moore (‘The Punisher Series’), Gracie Dzienny (‘Bumblebee’), Will Swenson (‘The Greatest Showman’), Phillip Mullings Jr. (‘American Soul’), and Dominic Goodman (‘Young Rock’) are also members of the series cast.
Victoria Elizabeth Schwab’s book of the same name is the inspiration for the Supernatural Teen drama. She is also a writer and co-creator of the show. Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss serve as executive producers on the show. They are the co-founders of Belletrist, an online book reading community that functions as the series production house.
Stream ‘First Kill’ on Netflix From June 10: HERE
At the beginning of the new school year, Charlie Spring, an openly gay teenager, develops feelings for the star player of the school’s rugby team – Nicholas Nelson. In terms of popularity at school, the two are on opposing sides yet their bond grows with time. Charlie even joins the ruby team to win Nick’s love. As the story unfolds, through their various encounters and experiences at school they realize that love can be found in the most unexpected places.
‘Heartstopper’ is based on Alice Oseman’s ongoing young adult graphic fiction novel of the same name first published in 2016. Friendship, mental health difficulties, eating disorders, and LGBTQ+ relationships are all themes explored in the book. Alice does the illustrations in the novel and she also serves as a writer in the series. Euros Lyn is the director of the romantic comedy. ‘Heartstopper’ was recently renewed for two more seasons after the first season ended in April 2022.
Casts in the series are Kit Connor (‘Rocketman’), Joe Locke, Yasmin Finney, William Gao, Corinna Brown, Kizzy Edgell, Sebastian Croft (‘Game of Thrones’), Chetna Pandya (‘Black Mirror’), Oscar winner Olivia Colman, and Stephen Fry, who voices the headmaster.
Watch ‘Heartstopper’ on Netflix HERE
Drag Race Franchise (Paramount+)
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is a competitive reality show, where female impersonators – drag entertainers or drag queens compete for a grand cash prize. Musician, model, and drag queen RuPaul is the host and head judge of the reality show. He evaluates each performance and chooses the competitors for the season. On location, the contestants record a series of episodes in which they compete in various tasks against one another. The tasks range from acting, comedy, dance, singing and fashion designing challenges.
The show is very well received and has won over ten Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2022, multiple Drag Race spinoff series and versions have been released, including the ongoing RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7, Drag Race Espana Season 2, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14, Canada’s Drag Race Season 2, UK v/s The World Season 1. Drag Race is also present in Thailand, the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia-New Zealand, Spain, Belgium, etc.
Legendary (HBO Max)
Legendary is a dance reality competition television series with a ballroom aesthetic. The challenge pits contestants in groups known as houses against each other in competitive dancing, voguing, and ramp walking events in an attempt to win a USD 100,000 reward. As they brighten up the runway with their performances, houses are scored on their overall skill, fashion, and endurance.
Season three’s judging panel includes actress and podcast host Jameela Jamil, fashion stylist Law Roach, dancer, instructor, model Leiomy Maldonado, and singer-songwriter Keke Palmer. Dashaun Wesley serves as the host of the show.
Watch ‘Legendary’ on HBO Max HERE
Queer Eye Germany (Netflix)
‘Queer Eye’ is a television franchise that features a team of LGBTQ+ experts. They give nominated guests on the show lifestyle and fashion makeovers. The Emmy-winning series is now based in Germany after six seasons in the United States. A team of fashion, design and health professionals travels to the homes of nominated participants in Berlin and Frankfurt. They will aid in the makeover of the selected people’s lives, including their clothing preferences, house furnishings, grooming and dietary habits.
On 9 March 2022, the first season of Queer Eye Germany premiered. This season’s ‘Fab 5’ or ‘Tolle fünf’ will include Showzberlin founder Ayan Yuruk, Jan-Henrik – fashion and bow tie expert of Auerbach Berlin, Aljosha Muttardi – nutritionist and health expert, work-life coach Leni bolt, and designer David Jakobs.
Watch ‘Queer Eye Germany’ on Netflix HERE
It’s A Sin (HBO Max)
Set in 1981, a group of young adults who are debating their futures move out of their homes and end up sharing a house in London. Finally free from their homes, they can be themselves. The newly formed group forms a bond and they live a carefree lifestyle. Their lives are soon impacted by the growing HIV/AIDS crisis in the United Kingdom.
Screenwriter and television producer Russell T Davies developed and wrote the drama series. It stars musician who goes by ‘Years & Years’ Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas, Roscoe Babatunde, Nathaniel Curtis, Callum Scott Howells, Lydia West, Keeley Hawes, and David Carlyle. Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Fry, and Tracy-Ann Oberman are also recurring cast members in the series.
It was the most nominated show at the 2022 British Academy Television Awards, including Best Mini-Series. At the 2022 GLAAD Media Awards, it won ‘Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series’ as well as a Gold award in the Drama category at the New York Festival 2022.
Watch ‘It’s A Sin’ on HBO Max HERE
Your Name Engraved Herein (Nerflix)
In 1987 when Martial law was lifted in Taiwan, two male students at an all-boys Catholic high school fell in love. They quickly become closest friends due to their common classes and hobbies. They strive to be with each other despite parental pressure, prejudice, and restrictions on homosexuality. The plot revolves around the two men, while various historical events, including pro-gay-rights activities and protests take place in the movie.
Screenwriter and filmmaker Patrick Kuang-Hui Liu directed the drama film. Edward Chen, Jing-Hua Tseng, Leon Dai, and Jason Wang are among the Taiwanese cast members. According to the November 2020 issue of the Taipei Times, ‘Your Name Engraved Herein’ was the most-watched Taiwanese film of that year as well as the best-selling LGBT-themed film in Taiwanese history.
It has an 88 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.2 rating on IMDB. It was nominated for five Golden Awards, Taiwan’s annual film festival and awards ceremony winning the Best Original Film Song.
Watch ‘Your Name Engraved Herein’ on Netflix HERE
‘Crush’ is a romantic sports drama about a high school relationship that blossoms on an athletic running track. Paige Evans is an illustrator and an art student who joins her high school’s track team to pursue her crush.
She then develops feelings for her teammate and trainer throughout her several practice sessions. Paige is then torn about who she should be seeking.
It is the first feature film by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Sammi Cohen. The cast list includes Rowan Blanchard (‘A Wrintke In Time’), the voice of Moana – Auliʻi Cravalho, Isabella Ferreira (‘Orange is the New Black’), Tyler Alvarez (‘Veronica Mars’), Teala Dunn (‘Are We There Yet? Series’), comedian Aasif Mandvi and Michelle Buteau (‘Will & Grace’). ‘Crush’ is also the first film to feature a music score by artist and music producer Daniela Bojorges-Giraldo, better known as St. Panther.
Watch ‘Crush’ on Hulu HERE
Love, Victor (Hulu)
‘Love, Victor’ chronicles Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School in Atlanta. His family has recently relocated there, and he is finally getting his life back on track. He starts his journey of self-discovery as he faces obstacles at home, adjusts to a new community, and explores his sexual orientation. When Victor feels overwhelmed, he turns to Simon for assistance in managing the highs and lows of high school.
Michael Cimino (‘Annabelle Comes Home’), Rachel Hilson (‘Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty’), Bebe Wood (‘The Real O’Neals’), Mason Gooding (‘Scream’ 2022), Ana Ortiz (‘Devious Maids’), James Martinez (‘House of Cards’), Isabella Ferreira (‘Orange is the New Black’) all have recurring roles throughout the aired seasons.
Producer Isaac Aptaker and screenwriter Elizabeth Berger developed the teenage drama series. The duo was also writers in the film ‘Love Simon’ (2018), where the events of this series unfold. A spinoff to the film, the series is also based on Becky Albertalli’s book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Season three will be its final season.
Did you know:
Known as the ‘Simonverse’, Becky Albertalli has authored multiple books set in the same Creekwood Universe. They are ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’, ‘The Upside of Unrequited‘, ‘Leah on the Offbeat’, and ‘Love, Creekwood’.
Watch ‘Love, Victor’ on Hulu HERE
Young Royals (Netflix)
The plot revolves around Prince Wilhelm. Wilhelm is compelled to attend a prestigious boarding school named Hillerska after being involved in a brawl. When he enrolls in the school, he finally has the opportunity to break free from his family shackles, can discover his true self and determine what type of life he truly desires. Wilhelm begins to imagine a future free of royal obligations. But when he unexpectedly becomes next in line for the throne, he must make a decision choosing his duty or his newfound love.
Singer and songwriter Omar Rudberg, and actors Edvin Ryding, Malte Gårdinger, Frida Argento, Nikita Uggla, and Ivar Forsling form the main characters of the coming-of-age romantic drama series. The series is co-directed by Rojda Sekersöz and Erika Calmeyer, and it is created by Lisa Ambjörn, Lars Beckung, and Camilla Holter.
Season two is scheduled to premiere in late 2022.
Watch ‘Young Royals’ on Netflix HERE
Single All The Way (Netflix)
Happiest Season (Hulu)