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10 New LGBTQ+ Shows You Can Stream Online

From binge-watch worthy TV series to feel-good films.
10 New LGBTQ+ Shows You Can Stream Online
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From binge-watch worthy TV series to feel-good films.

In the past few years, positive LGBTQ+ representation has been given some space in mainstream media. We've seen diverse portrayals in TV shows like Orange Is the New Black and The L Word: Generation Q, witnessed the rise of documentaries that give us a closer look at the plight of the LGBTQ+ community, and celebrated Filipino movies that champion Pride despite a conservative society. Through these shows, we continue to hope and fight for a better world for all kinds of love.

Check out this list of LGBTQ+ documentaries, TV shows, and movies from 2019 and 2020:

1. The Half of It (2020)

Stream it on: Netflix

The concept of acting as the "bridge" between your best friend and the love of his/her life—who later turns out to be also the love of your life—is nothing new; but expect Alice Wu to provide a fresh take on the Cyrano de Bergerac storyline in The Half of It. Sixteen years after cult favorite Saving Face, she creates a queer, coming-of-age film that follows three high school teens: Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis), Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer), and Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire). Paul likes Aster, so he asks Ellie to write letters for her on his behalf—and as it turns out, Ellie’s love letters mean so much more.

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2. 2 in the Bush (2019)

Stream it on: Amazon Prime

2 in the Bush is probably one of the most unconventional love stories you'll ever see. It starts with the heartbreak of Emily (Sarah Mitchell) after catching her long-time girlfriend in bed with another man. As she tries to pick up the pieces after losing the love of her life, her job, and her apartment, she meets BDSM dungeon owner Nikki (Caitlin Aase) and visual artist Ben (Travis Delgado) and dates them separately. She later finds out that the two are actually a couple in an open relationship and explores a polyamorous relationship with them. 2 in the Bush premiered at the Newfest Film Festival in 2018, and was released in the U.S. in 2019.

3. Feel Good (2020)

Stream it on: Netflix

This six-episode British dramedy series stars Mae Martin, who also happens to be the show's co-creator. It touches on themes of relationships, queer issues, family and coming out, and addiction—all based on the stand-up comedian's life. If you want more of Martin's funny but truthful takes, she's featured in one of the episodes of Comedians of the World—also available on Netflix.

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4. Mga Batang Poz (2019)

Stream it on: iWant

Mga Batang Poz, a six-part iWant series based on the novel of the same name by Segundo Matias Jr., hopes to remove the stigma around sexuality and health by tackling the struggles that HIV-positive (or “poz”) teens go through. It examines the lives of HIV-positive friends, played by Mark Neumann, Fino Herrera, Awra Briguela, and Paolo Gumabao, who try to search for acceptance and companionship.

5. Let It Snow (2019)

Stream it on: Netflix

Let It Snow is based on the young-adult novel of the same name by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle, which is an anthology of Christmas love stories for teens. The Netflix original includes a queer love story (that's not in the book) between two young women Dorrie (Liv Hewson) and Kerry (Anna Akana), who are both struggling with coming out, accepting themselves, and—of course—falling in love.

6. All in My Family (2019)

Stream it on: Netflix

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Chinese families are stereotyped to strictly adhere to their traditions—from sons and daughters being prohibited to marry outside their race to government-imposed family planning. It's even worse when you're gay, as narrated by filmmaker Hao Wu in this short documentary titled All in My Family. Though he’s out to his parents who tolerate but don't exactly accept his sexual orientation, Wu had to leave Chengdu to lead the life he wanted and raise a family with his husband Eric in the United States. All in My Family shows his return to Shanghai for his grandfather's 90th birthday, and the encounter with all the aunts and uncles who were expecting him to come home with a wife.

7 .Tales of the City (2019)

Stream it on: Netflix

Tales of the City, a Netflix miniseries based on the novels by Armistead Maupin, looks into the intersecting and interesting lives of the tenants of 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco. There's 90-year-old transgender woman Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) and landlady of the old Victorian house, transgender man Jake Rodriguez (Garcia) and his girlfriend Margot Park (May Hong), queer teens Ani (Ashley Park) and Raven (Christopher Larkin), and HIV-positive Michael "Mouse" Tolliver (Murray Bartlett). At the center of the story is Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney) who returns to the house after two decades with the hopes of reuniting with her daughter—also a 28 Barbary Lane resident—Shawna (Ellen Page).

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Netflix also hosts the original 1993 series Tales of the City as well as More Tales of the City (1998) and Further Tales of the City (2001); plus the 2017 documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin.

8. Elisa & Marcela (2019)

Stream it on: Netflix

In 1901, two women—Elisa Sánchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas—attempted to get married in Galicia, at the Church of Saint George, no less. And they did, except that Elisa had to adopt the male identity Mario Sánchez to get a marriage certificate. This was considered as the first recorded same-sex marriage in Spain. Elisa & Marcela by Isabel Coixet retells this story of love and sacrifice in a black-and-white period drama.

9. Douglas (2020)

Stream it on: Netflix

Two years after the success of her first comedy special Nanette on Netflix, Hannah Gadsby returns with another hour-long comedy show titled Douglas. This time, she talks about her late-in-life autism diagnosis, the weird fact that she's got both fans and haters, her dog Douglas, and deep-seated anger towards mansplaining and patriarchy.

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10. A Secret Love (2020)

Stream it on: Netflix

Directed by Chris Bolan, American documentary A Secret Love narrates the incredible love story between former professional baseball player Terry Donahue and her partner Pat Henschel. The two kept their relationship a secret from their families and friends for almost seven decades, until they finally got married in 2015. Donahue passed away at the age of 93 in March 2019, after suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

*This story originally appeared on Spot.phMinor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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