15 More Netflix Shows and Films with LGBTQ+ Rep

Hey pals,

So I’m not feeling too up to writing some big deep meaningful post so I thought I’d throw together another LGBT+ rep on Netflix post of things I’ve watched since I made the last post or things I didn’t include because they were minimal! I’m bad with names and there may be spoilers, read at your own risk! Check out the original post here.

American Horror Story 

Murder House: Gay white male couple previous owners of house. It has been a while since I’ve seen this series so if I’ve missed any rep, sorry but I don’t want to re-watch it to figure it out. 

Hotel: Bi-coded vampires, gay man buying the hotel, Elizabeth Johnson (Lady Gaga’s character) is in a poly relationship with married couple, a wlw relationship with Ramona Royale, and sexualised preying on humans is pretty bi. 

Roanoke: Slave-owner and his lover (a slave), the old gay man who was a medium. Both reasonably minimal. 

Cult: Married lesbian/wlw couple. I’ve not watched much of this but they seem like a main focus. 

Trinkets: Lesbian main (also woc is mexican), loved her best friend who is in a wlw relationship with someone else, dates a fluid woman later in the series, cis white gay dude (the good kind for once who actually supports the main girls when they need it most and are alone), Mr D. a trans teacher. This show is a good example of having LGBT+ rep characters just for the sake of having LGBT+ characters. Nothing in the plot would be different if they were straight (except the fluid girl who dates a guy involved in the plot and one of the leads) and this is a show that decided to put rep in and show us we can really just exist. I really enjoyed this show and all three main characters a woc. The actress Brianna Hildebrand is bi, and Quintessa Swindell is nonbinary.

The Perfect Date: Black bestfriend who makes the app is gay and fancies a boy, very minor plot line. 

Shadowhunters: Alec is gay, mlm relationship with Magnus Bane who is bi spectrum immortal who has had relations with men and women. POC, magnus is asian and I think Alec is Latinx. Stopped watching after a while as it was very cringe, badly written and acted but really liked the queer couple. 

Orange Is The New Black: Everything is gay. Lots of GAY. Transwoman, lesbians, bi women, etc. Stopped watching coz they killed off my favourite gay. But they show all kinds of queer rep and it’s not all the same. 

Schitt’s Creek: Pansexual son who is pretty effeminate and camp. Nice to have some rep for more effeminate men on the bi spectrum. Specifically uses the term pansexual.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Gay best friend character who dates the closeted jock who is abused by his drunk dad. Sad side plot. 

Russian Doll: The main female character has a couple of queer friends who have queer interactions. One of them has like… an orgy that you see her wake up from. One of the actresses is gay (Rebecca Henderson).

Dumplin’: Main character’s friend, the actor is nonbinary but the character is unconfirmed LGBT+, could just be a butch feminist. Drag queens and gay men set in a gay bar. The Queens teach the girls how to be beauty pageant contestants.

Girl, Interrupted: Mains are kinda gay. I feel like there’s some queer coding between Suzanna and Lisa. A side character is in the psych ward for being a lesbian. 

The Longest Yard: Very over the top, could be seen as offensive, camp queer/cross-dressing men of colour. Could be trans? But this is an Adam Sandler film so… nothing is specific and likely offensive. 

Bridget Jones’s Diary: Bridget’s one male best friend is gay, hardly seen, is very camp. I don’t even know if we see him again after the first film actually. 

Dawson’s Creek: Had some early references to gay characters before introducing one into the main cast. There was a mention of a teacher in very early episodes. Spoilers, Andie’s brother Jack comes out as gay, there is a man soon after who is interested in him. A long standing family member of a main cast character is also gay. There’s not really any femme male rep or trans rep or lesbians, it’s pretty much white, cis, masc men. I loved the show but it wasn’t diverse. 

Tiny Pretty Things: based in a ballet school. The main character’s first friend at said school is a queer man. 

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I hope this list if helpful to you! Leave a comment with any show/film suggestions with some Queer rep, even if it is small, on Netflix or not!

~ Artie

Palm Springs is apparently very slightly queer with a casual bi scenario, I’ll link the article but have yet to watch it myself.

This is a show I’m not interested in watching but Star Trek: Discovery is finally including a trans and nonbinary character!

Check out the two other posts for LGBTQ+ rep on Netflix 1 and 2

I’ll be making a similar list for Amazon Prime, so if you have any recs, let me know!

25 Shows and Films with LGBT+ Rep on Netflix

Hey pals,

I thought I’d put together a little brief list of shows and films on Netflix that I have watched with LGBT+ rep in, give a brief overview of the kind of representation and my general opinion of the piece. If anyone wants a more indepth review of any of the below, please let me know!

The Good Place: undertones and side comments that make the lead, Eleanor, and Tahani seem more fluid than actually displayed. I think there may have been a moment at the end of the show when both female characters admit to this mutual attraction. Really fun and interesting show. A good mixture of light-hearted comedy and a deeper look into humans as a whole.

How To Get Away With Murder: a murder/crime show based in a Law school. One of the set main cast is a gay man who dates around a bit and then has a set main partner. I love the couple here and I’m a sucker for crime shows.

Edit: the lead, Annalise Keating, is also shown as bi/on the bi spectrum as the series goes on! So a nice bit of rep here. season 5: Gay immigrant woman on trial at risk of being deported ep 2 the other lawyer lady had a girlfriend. HIV positive Asian man.

Valentine’s Day: bit of a spoiler but Bradley Cooper and Eric Dane are together in this (pretty iconic if you ask me) very limited rep. Eric Dane is a huge sports star and has to decide if he’s going to go public. Valentine’s Day is a film where many characters’ paths intertwine and overlap. Light and fluffy.

Friends From College: a set of friends (kind of like a harsher more realistic version of ‘Friends’) One of the set cast is gay and in a long term relationship/gets married. Weird dynamic in the relationship, and both white dudes. Still enjoyed the show even though everyone is an idiot who make dumb choices.

You: creepy thriller-esque show. Spoiler alert, the best friend of the main girl is gay af and kinda shows bad rep of having a closeted gay best friend. She’s just as freaky and possessive as the main guy, and he is a literal stalker. Season 2: Forty Quinn was thought to be gay and apparently was but it was never displayed on screen. Also some minor roles, Love Quinn’s friend Charlie Barnett is a queer Black man (played by the gay actor Gabe Miranda, I think he’s a fantastic actor and wish he had more star time in this show). IF YOU WANT TO SEE LOVE AS A QUEER WOMAN CHECK OUT MY KINDA SPOOKY KINDA GAY POST!!

Sex Education: Obviously main character’s best friend is a black gay guy who likes to do drag! I love this representation and the look into his family dynamic. Spoiler alert, the bully turns out to be gay as well and it’s a bit of a trope-y ‘homophobic bully falls for the out gay kid he picks on’ but I’m kinda a sucker for it. Very typical British humour. There’s an added love interest for Eric in a later season, and some sapphic storylines too. Not exclusively lesbian either! Pansexual, bisexual, gay, even an ace storyline too.

they will be adding a nonbinary character in the next season.

Grace and Frankie: it’s all in the main plot! Grace and Frankie’s husbands are gay and have been having an affair for 20 years and they finally come out and tell the wives. The show is about the wives’ relationship to each other as older women. Incredible actresses (and Lily Tomlin (who plays Frankie) is gay), really great comedy show that exposes a lot we don’t often think about or look at about being older. Highly recommend.

God’s Own Country: The whole plot is about being gay. Main character is a closeted gay guy in Yorkshire and the new farmhand from Romania developing a relationship that starts as a secret and develops into something really soft and sweet. A nice look at how UK countryside see/react to gay people. Recommend but you might cry a bit.

Alex Strangelove: I wrote a whole review on this in an earlier post on my blog so check that out for details! The love interest is amazing and I wish there was more time spent on him and the MC’s relationship developing, there wasn’t quite enough but this is a great fluffy film. Antonio Marziale plays Elliot and is also gay himself and is in other queer media. 

Riverdale: Pretty lackluster in rep. Kevin is our resident gay guy who isn’t quite main character status but is around often enough. Has a couple of romances and does take a good look at why he sneaks off to the forest to get with other gay men and why it’s different for straight couples. I wish they’d given him more of a cute romantic arc. Also lesbian/bi woman rep. Spoiler, resident school bitch Cheryl is a lesbian and has been in and out of conversion therapy and falls in love with the cute mixed-race Tony who is out and proud Bi, but prefers women. They have a better, more developed plot. Also just adding that one of the lead actors came out as Bi this year!

Handsome Devil: All about being gay in Ireland. A film full of lovely accents, set in an all-boys boarding school (another trope I love) and the only two gays in the school are romed together oooooo! Don’t worry though, this is strictly about being friends which is a night breath of fresh air. Also features Andrew Scott as the only gay teacher about (he also plays a v. sweet gay Welsh bloke in Pride, I also recommend that but it’s not of Netflix). Bullying, homophobia, sports, friendship.

4th Man Out: group of dudes in their mid 20’s find out their mate is GAY! GASP! ‘But you don’t act gay?’ and ‘you don’t fancy me right?’ kinda dialogue. Quite funny, nice to see a different P.O.V. instead of the usual stereotypes. He’s very shy and struggles with finally starting to date men and has a bit of a falling out with his bezzie mate coz they got drunk and said some dumb stuff. A good light hearted film.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Finally some trans rep! Bit of a spoiler I suppose as it takes a little while for Theo to come out and start identifying as a man. This actor is very cute and plays the role well, a little bit of transphobia and a nice link to family history of a ‘female’ family member dressing like a man back in the day and having an affinity with this ancestor. A nicely weaved in bit of rep to a show that’s not solely about LGBT+ topics. Edit: I knew I forgot something! Ambrose!!!!! bi spectrum character who visibly dates multiple genders and dabbled in a bit of polyamory. Polyamory and orgies are relatively normalised in this world of witches. Queer poc rep, also I love him. Icon. Also aunt Zelda is queer! I hope we see more in the upcoming final season.

Once Upon a Time: very lackluster with their first attempt. Seems like someone said ‘hey we should put something gay in here’ so they put in a Dorothy and Red Riding Hood storyline. It was nice to have Red as a canon Bi woman and seeing a wlw relationship compared to most shows going straight for mlm. They did it better in their last series with Alice and Robin, more developed and actually relevant and weaved in with the rest of the plot compared to a one off episode where you never see them again. I did enjoy this show for the most part but felt very repetitive and very white which was a shame as it was a show about redoing classic fairy tales.

Intervention: three queer women in the main cast (I know WOW) one is a lesbian, one is bi and one is ‘fluid’. The plot is about everyone’s relationships and the toxicity within them that no one wants to face. Nice look into biphobia and the insecurities of lesbians who date bi women. Adult not YA.

Pretty Little Liars: I have conflicted opinions about the rep in this show. Emily tends to go for very domineering women (Alison and Paige) and though I loved her and Paige together, particularly when they sorted her closeted ass out, she seems to just forgive and forget a lot when it comes to Alison who I think is genuinely an awful person who did crazy horrible things to many people. Alison and Mia are some nice bi women rep, showing completely different characteristics outwardly and in personality and showing the fluidity of a bi person’s sexuality. Over all, hate the rep a lot and Emily ended up with the wrong person IN MY OPINION!!! (it has been confirmed that Haleb, the actors anyway, are both bi which is nice to know)

Jane the Virgin: I really like this show as it’s very different from typical western TV shows as it’s inspired by telenovellas. We have a brief relationship between Jane and (some guy sorry I forgot his name) who is bi and they have a nice conversation about being bi and being in a relationship. Raffael’s sister is a lesbian (who dates her dad’s wife…?) though she’s not in it too much. Then our main gal, spoiler alert, Petra is out as bi!!! and dating JR. Petra’s character development is great and she’s much softer and loveable as an out bi woman because her character seems comfortable in her skin now and not so uppity. The actress of JR is actually queer herself! She has played a few queer women.

The Umbrella Academy: I have many feelings about this show I love Klaus so much and I don’t know how they want us to believe Vanya is straight but whatever! Klaus is my son. and season 2 VANYA FINALLY gets to be the gay she was destined to be. Also a disabled child in the second series. Series two can be quite upsetting as there are some very graphic moments of the civil rights movement in the ’60s so a content warning.

Mamma Mia!: Colin Firth plays the gay dad and I couldn’t have loved it more. That’s it though.

Like Father: they go on a cruise together and one of the couple’s they sit at the dinner table with is a white gay male couple. That’s all.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post: A film/book I’m pissed I didn’t know about sooner. Huge Trigger warnings for this, particularly for trans women there’s a really awful moment nothing is shown but a lot of blood and explicit explanation. A nice selection of queer rep includng POC. Kinda sucks that it’s seen through white eyes (the main character is played by Chloe Moretz) but the other two main characters are Native American (A Two-Spirit character) and mixed-race Black and are very verbal about the differences. They’re at a gay conversion camp basically. A more intense and less funny version of But I’m A Cheerleader. 

Someone Great: one of the main three women is a lesbian (and also black) who is dating a woc. About a third of the plot is about her relationship/commitment issues. The film is generally a very cute gal pal film with a nice mixture of representation.

To The Bone: Her mother is gay. There’s not a lot on this but there is definite homophobia from her father’s new wife trying to blame all her problems on the mother’s sexuality. Trigger warning for people with eating disorders.

Gossip Girl: Not a lot of rep considering how many hundreds of characters there are in this show! Serena’s brother, Eric, is gay and has a few boyfriends, one was bi. There’s an air of Chuck Bass being a little bi, apparently he was more clearly bi in the books but I’ve not read those YET but do headcanon Chuck as bi… I see it. I started reading the books and talked about it on my channel, I will be doing a reading vlog/a video specifically about the books.

Special: the first show I’ve seen that involves a disabled and queer main character! I find his character frustrating but very lifelike. Though he is disabled and gay, he still shows a lot of male privilege and an unhealthy relationship with his mother that comes from ignoring the problem and not communicating. He acts a lot like a teenage boy. Still a good watch, and at 15 minutes an ep you’ll get through it quick.

These are what I have watched SO FAR, and if you guys like this format of short reviews/impressions of shows and films, I’ll carry on doing them!

part two and three are here. 

~ Artie

7 Halloween Films for People Who Don’t Like Horror

Hey pals,

Halloween is my favourite time of year, so much so that I turn the entire month into Halloween. But one of the biggest past-times during this time of year is watching horror films. I’m not a fan, will watch one every now and again, but I’m more of a thriller person. So I’ve accumulated a list of films you can watch that will still give you that Halloween spooky feeling without piss-your-pants scares.

1 Nightmare Before Christmas

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Nightmare Before Christmas is a great film for the combination of Halloween and Christmas. Best for just after Halloween, when you’re not really ready to let go of the Spooky Season, but also need a hand in getting excited for Christmas.

2 Corpse Bride

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A mix of sweet romance, funny supporting characters, and kind of terrifying subplot. Emily, the corpse bride, is so lovely but her story is so awful, this character truly has a warm hart no matter how cold she literally is. She even gives up everything she wanted because she knows what’s right. A bit of a tear jerker, but has great songs and is wonderful to watch.

3 Planet Terror

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Strong female character, Cherry Darling, played by one of my personal icons, Rose McGowan. There are plenty of issues with this film that I wont go into during this post (if you buy Rose McGowan’s book Brave, she discusses a lot about this film in one of the end chapters if you wanted to know more). This is definitely a film filled with trigger warnings that I’ll put at the bottom of this paragraph. Planet Terror is not a film I whip out too often because a lot of the scenes are incredibly uncomfortable and kind of explicit, but there are moments of humour in the writing and I don’t think I could ever hate Rose’s acting in anything and I genuinely just love to watch her!

TW: rape, sexual assault, death, this film is A LOT.

4 Jennifer’s Body

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This is one of my favourite ‘horror’ films. Not too creepy or jump-scary, but there’s definitely a lot of moments that make your heart ache. I love the main cast: Megan Fox is crazy good, a believable succubus (or whatever she’s meant to be?), Amanda Seyfried’s character is adorable and dorky, her character development is great, she doesn’t lose her original character as she grows, and Johnny Simmons always plays the cutest nerds, his floppy hair is goals.

5 BeetleJuice

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This is one I really don’t watch often because Betelgeuse really creeps me out! This film is about a husband and wife commissioning a weird demon to rid their house of an obnoxious family. Featuring a young Winona Ryder (!!) and lots of pantomime costume. From what I remember… Betelgeuse was also kind of gross.

6 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

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This is probably what I’d call level one for Halloween. It’s a kids’ film that is meant to be more pantomime scary than actually scary. Scooby and the gang have to save Cools Ville from a hoard of monsters they’ve already unmasked. Still fun to watch as an adult, you might even get more of the jokes.

7 Donnie Darko

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One of my favourite cult-classics, Donnie Darko is about a kid who’s being haunted by the sight of a creepy man in a rabbit suit convincing him to commit crimes. This film features a teen Halloween party and Jake Gyllenhaal in a skeleton outfit. It’s a little questionable of whether this is a thriller involving mental health issues? It’s a bit more complicated than that. Lots of crawly skin and pretty boys on screen. The ending is surprising!

I’m sure all of these films are easily found online if you don’t already have one of them. I hope you enjoyed this list and enjoy watching these films to get you into the Halloween spirit!

Leave me a comment down below which films you’re going to watch! Or if you’ve seen any before, tell me what you think of them!

~Artie