PRIDE WEEK: 11 great LGBTQ+ ‘Netflix and chill’ movies and TV shows

Written by: Kyle Shand

As we prepare to enter what appears to be week number 21348538 of ‘Lockdown’, I find myself binging on lots of online content, trawling through thousands of TV shows and films everyday looking for something new to watch.
With Grampian Pride being celebrated at home this week due to lockdown measures, some of the boys from Aberdeen Taexali have shared their top recommendations for LGBTQ+ film and television shows worth watching.

1 – PRIDE (2014)

Pride is British cinema at its best. Eccentric characters, a strong emotional pull and a lot of laughs.
Pride is an example of the power marginalised groups have when the come together. It’s also based on a true story, so it gets you in the feels every time.

Available to watch on Amazon Prime

2 – HOLLYWOOD (2020)

Ryan Murphy is the king of camp and has brought us some of the biggest shows over the past few years including Glee and American Horror Story. His current creation is Hollywood.
The Netflix show is about a group of aspiring actors and film makers trying to make it in the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood.
Darren Criss in military uniform …. you’ve probably stopped reading this and gone straight to look that up.

Available to watch on Netflix

3 – POSE (2018-)

Pose is a tv show set in 1980’s New York and another brainchild of Ryan Murphy. Various social classes get examined: the Trump-like luxury golden America, the literary scene, and the ball culture.
All to fantastic camp classics and disco fillers. Pose is emotional and raw in places with some amazing performances (and some rather wooden ones) however, they all add to the charm of the show.
I would give it 10’s across the board.

Available to watch on BBC iPlayer and Netflix

4 – SENSE8 (2015-2018)

I would attempt to explain the plot of Sense8 but it would be a challenge, cause truth be told I am not really sure. It is a sci-fi type thriller … I think, created by Matrix transgender sisters, Lana and Lilly Wachowski and centres around a group of people, suddenly linked mentally, who must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order. One thing I do know is Sense8 characters really would struggle with the concept of social distancing, due to the sheer amount of sex scenes, but that is what makes it worth watching…

Available to watch on Netflix

5 – BEN PLATT LIVE FROM RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL (2020)

Missing the Pride headliners? Netflix has answered our prayers with this screening of Ben Platt performing tracks from his album ‘Sing to me instead’. Star of the Politician, Pitch Perfect and Dear Evan Hansen, Ben’s album is a collection of songs about dating in the gay world. He is cute, he is
charming, and he is taken (much to my disappointment). However, the show is great way to pass a rainy afternoon.

Available to watch on Netflix

6 – SPECIAL (2019-)

Special is semi-autobiographical comedy about a gay man with cerebral palsy in his mid-20s; coming of age by starting his first real job, beginning his first adventures in dating, and moving into his first apartment away from his ‘helicopter’ mother.

The series is based on the memoir ‘I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves’ by Ryan O’Connell, who also stars, writes, and executive produces the series. It’s a heart-felt, easy watch that is ideal to binge while you finally get cracking on that adult colouring book.

Available to watch on Netflix

7 – QUEER AS FOLK (1999-2000)

A world before Instagram, Grindr and OnlyFans *shudders*

What would that even be like? Well, the ground-breaking original UK show, Queer as Folk gives us an insight into this. The pioneering Channel 4 drama by Russell T Davies, is about the lives of gay men living in 90’s Manchester.
Queer as Folk paved the way for most of the gay characters in other dramas by being of the first to present queer people as complex individuals rather than a camp sterotype. Running for two series’ across ten episodes before being remade in America, Queer As Folk was a huge moment in LGBTQ+
representation on screen, and was also most likely where half the team learned about rimming!

Available to watch on All 4

8 – SCHITT’S CREEK (2015–2020)

Schitt’s Creek is about a Kardashian-style family and their fall from grace. The show has a sweet gay love story which really warms the heart. However, the star of the show is Moira; who can only be described as the gay icon we need in this pandemic with her wigs and the ability to turn an single syllable into four. Schitt’s Creek also gives us the classic hit ‘A little bit Alexis’ – which you should all add to you Spotify playlists now!

Available to watch on Netflix

9 – PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994)

Priscilla at its heart is a road movie about the power of friendship. It contains some iconic one liners, and also holds a special place in many hearts as a culty camp classic. However, Priscilla also teaches us that so much of the progress made by LGBTQ people has been due to hard work and sacrifice of the generation before us.

It also has a banging soundtrack.

Available to watch on Netflix

10 – WEEKEND (2011)

The story of two men who have a casual hook-up over a weekend. Tom Cullen made flat caps sexy long before any of those pesky Peaky Blinders came on the scene. Weekend makes you reflect on love and how even the briefest of romances can be true love.
The final scene is something special and will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

Available to watch on the BFI Player channel on Amazon Prime

11 – GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (2017)

The film follows a young gay farmer whose life is filled with excessive drinking and casual sex (makes me harken back to days before lockdown). This all changes when a Romanian worker joins him for lambing season. This rugged film depicts queer rural country living as we watch two men learn to trust and love each other.

Available to buy or rent on Amazon Prime

If you manage to complete this list, then here are some honourable mentions;

Handsome Devil (2016)
Hedgewig and the Angry Inch (2001)
RENT (2005)
Love, Simon (2018)

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