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June kicks off Pride Month, and while in-person festivities might not be in the cards this year, there are still plenty of other ways to celebrate. Take movies and TV, for example.
LGBTQ+ representation in movies and on shows has come a long way in recent years, as mainstream media is finally moving beyond including queer individuals as tokenizing tropes. There are now fully realized roles that don't just focus on queer trauma, but also explore genres like romance, comedy and adventure.
From "Schitt's Creek" — a Canadian made series that scored both international and Canadian recognition to Deepa Mehta's "Funny Boy," there are several titles to choose from if you're looking to indulge in an LGBTQ-friendly movie night at home.
Ahead, we've gathered 11 of the best LGBTQ+ movies and TV shows available to stream on Netflix, Crave, Amazon Prime Video, CBC Gem and Disney+.
Best titles to stream on Netflix
The first season of "Feel Good" premiered in March 2020 to widespread praise and a perfect 100% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Comedian Mae Martin co-created and stars in this witty, touching series that draws on her own life experiences. In season two, Mae and George’s complicated love story continues as Mae struggles to come to terms with the ghosts from her past and George tries to reinvent her present.
This coming-of-age dramedy is written and directed by Alice Wu. When smart but cash-strapped teen Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) agrees to write a love letter for a jock, she doesn't expect to become his friend — or fall for his crush.
In this documentary, leading trans creatives and thinkers, including Laverne Cox, filmmaker Lilly Wachowski, and Chaz Bono share their heartfelt perspectives and analysis about Hollywood's impact on the trans community.
This film follows high school senior Alex Truelove who plans to lose his virginity to lovable girlfriend Claire, but things go awry when he meets the equally lovable Elliot.
A man (Henry Golding) must come to terms with his forced displacement from Vietnam when he returns to his birthplace to spread his parents' ashes.
Created by Ryan Murphy, this series follows the events at a birthday party in 1968 New York when a surprise guest and a drunken game leave seven friends reckoning with unspoken feelings and buried truths. Starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer.
Best titles to stream on Amazon Prime Video
This dark comedy follows a shady legal guardian Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike) who lands in hot water when she tries to swindle a woman with ties to a powerful gangster. She not only risks her life, but that of her partner (Eiza Gonzalez) as well.
Best titles to stream on CBC Gem
Based on the novel by Shyam Selvadurai and set in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 80s, Deepa Mehta's "Funny Boy" explores the sexual awakening of a boy named Arjie set against the backdrop of the civil war. For this film, Mehta won the Best Director award at the Canadian Screen Award.
This multi award-winning series is also a must-watch. When the filthy-rich Roses suddenly find themselves broke, they're forced to rebuild their empire within their only remaining asset — Schitt's Creek.
Best titles to stream on Crave
This series follows 12 Canadian drag artists as they compete for the title of “Canada’s Next Drag Superstar.” Each episode tests their talents and challenges them to master singing, dancing, acting, impersonation, costume making, and improvisation.
Best titles to stream on Disney+
Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) keeps his sexual orientation a secret from his family. However, when a blackmailer threatens to reveal it, he goes on an adventure as he comes to terms with his identity.