The vast majority of TV shows still feature mostly heterosexual couples, but as the world slowly changes and becomes more tolerant, the list of LGBTQ+ friendly shows continues to grow. Some shows on Netflix, like weird eyefeature gay people and same-sex relationships very openly, while some are a bit more subtle about it.
Either way, the LGBTQ+ community is finally getting airtime in almost every genre, so get ready to spread your little heart out.
Updated on June 8, 2022 by Danielle Bruncati: June is Pride Month, which means there’s no better time than the present to celebrate the many wonderful LGBTQ+ shows streaming on Netflix. While there had been a handful of LGBTQ+ shows and creators on mainstream forms on TV, Netflix has really helped the LGBTQ+ community break into the world of streaming. Today, the streaming service offers one of the most diverse ranges of LGBTQ+ content. From shows about teenage lovers and docuseries about real people to hilarious comedies and dramatic dramas, there’s no shortage of LGBTQ+ content. It’s the perfect place to go after a successful Pride parade to decompress and fall in love with these rich and diverse stories.
Favorite (2022- )
Heart stroke started out as a free webcomic that turned into a bestselling graphic novel series and it’s now one of the biggest shows on Netflix. The first season was dropped in April 2022, from May 2022 the LGBTQ+ teen series was picked up for a second and third season.
The series centers on Charlie, a young gay teenager, who was relentlessly bullied by his peers over the past year when they found out he was gay. Looking for a fresh start, Charlie ends up befriending Nick, an older classmate who is extremely nice. As Charlie and Nick spend more time together, Nick begins to question his own sexuality.
Schitt’s Creek (2015-2020)
Schitt’s Creek started out as a small Canadian show that eventually caught the attention of American viewers thanks to the show airing on Netflix. Created by the father-son duo of Eugene and Dan Levy, the sitcom centers on the wealthy Rose family who lose everything and are forced to move into a run-down small-town motel they bought for their son as a joke.
Although the series is hilarious, it got most of its attention for its phenomenal LGTBQ+ portrayal, especially when it comes to Patrick and David’s love story. Although Patrick didn’t join the show right away, he immediately stole the hearts of millions and his episodes became some of the best episodes of Schitt’s Creek.
Getting Out Colton (2021)
While Colton Underwood played in the NFL for several years, his real rise to fame came when he appeared on the 14th season of one of the greatest reality shows of all time, the bachelorette, and later the 23rd season of The single person. His season caused a lot of talk and in 2021 shocked the world again when he publicly came out as gay.
Following the announcement, Netflix gave Colton a reality miniseries that explores his rise to fame and his experience with his sexuality. The series features Colton chatting with other high-profile LGTBQ+ celebrities, including Olympian Gus Kenworthy and other gay former NFL players.
Young Royals (2021- )
One of the unique features of Netflix is that it offers a plethora of international titles that expose other audiences to international shows such as Young Royals. The Swedish teen series revolves around Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, who is sent to a posh boarding school after getting into trouble at home.
Wilhelm struggles to fit in at school until he begins to bond with his classmate Simon. As the two get to know each other, Wilhelm begins to question his feelings for Simon, and the two enter into a secret relationship. When Wilhelm’s brother dies unexpectedly, Wilhelm is thrown into the world of royal duties which threatens his relationship with Simon.
Grace and Frankie (2015-2022)
Grace and Frankie became Netflix’s longest-running original show of all time, but before that, it made history as one of Netflix’s first LGBTQ+ stories. The comedy series revolves around Grace and Frankie, two friends who have been forced to spend time together because their husbands are business partners. When their husbands announce they’ve been having an affair for decades, Grace and Frankie find themselves leaning on each other more than they ever imagined.
Although Grace and Frankie are the main characters, the series explores the relationship between Sol and Robert. It’s an important show because it shows what a gay relationship can look like later in life and that it’s never too late to live on your own.
Based on the young adult novel of the same name, trinkets centers on Elodie Davis, a young teenager who has been forced to move in with her estranged father and new family after her mother’s death. In addition to grieving, Elodie has to attend the weekly Shoplifters Anonymous meetings after getting caught shoplifting too many times. It is in the group that she meets two other teenage shoplifters.
While the show prominently focuses on Elodie’s friendship with the other two girls, it also explores Elodie’s romantic relationships. As a young lesbian, Elodie is still figuring things out that become clear when she begins a relationship with an older singer.
One of Netflix’s most underrated LGBTQ+ shows is Special. The semi-autobiographical series stars Ryan O’Connell as a fictionalized version of himself and is adapted from his memoir. In the series, Ryan, a gay man with cerebral palsy, refuses to let his visibility hold him back as he tries to find love, friendships, and independence in the world.
Special ran for two seasons on Netflix and received acclaim from critics and fans alike. It went on to earn four Emmy nominations, including one for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.
One Day at a Time (2017–2020)
Rebooted from Norman Leer’s beloved 1975 sitcom, the update One day at a time focuses on the Cuban-American Alverez family. Penelope, a single mother and army veteran, tries to keep everything together while caring for her two teenage boys and an elderly mother who lives with them.
Although Netflix unfairly canceled One day at a time after three seasons, the show ran for one more season on POPtv thanks to fan support. The series caught the attention of the LGBTQ+ community for Elena’s coming out story and her relationship with non-binary partner Syd.
I Am Not Okay With This (2020)
I don’t agree with this was adapted from a Charles Forsman graphic novel of the same name. Despite building up a cult following on Netflix, the dark comedy coming-of-age series was sadly canceled after one season.
The series centered on Sydney Novak, a teenage girl who faces normal teenage growing pains, such as surviving high school and exploring her sexuality. Complicating matters is the fact that Sydney has begun to develop superpowers.
Queer Eye (2018-)
by Netflix weird eye is a reboot of the popular Bravo series Queer Eye for the Straight Dude, which took place from 2003 to 2007. The show’s premise features a team of five gay men (The Fab Five) who set out to “makeover” a straight man by revamping his wardrobe, home decor, grooming habits and style choices. of life.
Yes, the show leans heavily on gay stereotypes, but the Fab Five are made up of true professionals, and the show is surprisingly heartwarming, emotional, and uplifting.
Orange is the New Black (2013-2019)
Orange is the new black was originally based on the memoir of Piper Kerman, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2010), and became Netflix’s most-watched original series. In the television adaptation, Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars after transporting drug money to her ex-girlfriend a decade earlier.
The show follows Piper’s difficult adjustment to prison life and features a very feminine cast filled with queer characters, racial diversity and world-weary inmates just trying to keep their heads above water in a deeply rooted prison system. defective.
Sense8 is a sci-fi drama television series with cultural diversity, pansexual characters, and transgender/interracial relationships, so if you’re interested in an LGBTQ-friendly show, you really can’t go wrong with this one. The series revolves around the lives of eight strangers from all corners of the globe who suddenly become “sensates,” or human beings who are somehow mentally and emotionally connected to one another.
The show includes a transgender female character, two lesbians, and a gay couple, which is why it has been widely praised for its portrayal of LGBTQ characters and themes.
Everything sucks! (2018)
Everything sucks! is a coming-of-age show set in the mid-90s, so prepare for some serious nostalgia. The show centers on a group of awkward teenagers trying to find their niche, particularly Kate, a young “tomboy” who struggles to come to terms with his sexuality in a world far less tolerant than it is today. today.
Unfortunately, despite its portrayal of LGBTQ issues and overall awesomeness, the show was canceled after one season. He has now joined the highly esteemed “club canceled after one season”.
Although it was canceled after just one season, Gypsy was a psychological thriller starring Naomi Watts as Jean Holloway, a bisexual psychologist who secretly infiltrates her patients’ lives and begins stalking a young woman. with whom she shares a mutual attraction.
The first and only season is made up of ten episodes, so it’s one you can easily binge watch over the weekend.
Wynonna Earp (2016-2021)
There aren’t many “supernatural western horror” TV shows in the first place, let alone ones with LGBTQ+ themes, but Wynonna Earp is certainly one of a kind. Wynonna is the great-great-granddaughter of the legendary Wyatt Earp and a certified badass who battles “revenants,” or reincarnated outlaws of the old Wild West.
Eventually, Wynonna is joined by her gay sister, Waverly, and Nicole Haught, Waverly’s girlfriend, in the never-ending fight to keep supernatural beings at bay.
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