Pride Month 2022: Find LGBTQ+ Representation on Every Streaming Service
Celebrate Pride Month with these shows and movies.
June 1 marked the beginning of Pride Month in the United States. In 2022, it’s still hard for LGBTQ+ creators to convince the faceless corporations that fund them to let them tell their stories in mainstream movies and TV. But in recent years, more and more queer stories have made it to air.
If you’re looking for queer film and television to binge this Pride Month from the comfort of your home, look no further: here’s our top picks from each major streaming service.
The Owl House
In recent years, animated shows have been able to include more diverse sets of characters in more prominent roles, and The Owl House is no exception. Following in the footsteps of Gravity Falls, Star vs the Forces of Evil, and Amphibia, it provides a rich fantasy world for kids and adults alike.
Unfortunately, if you don’t have access to Disney Channel through cable (or a live TV streaming alternative), you’ll have to wait until the end of Pride Month to finish season two when the last five episodes finally make it to Disney+. But look at it this way: it’ll make the wait for season three feel that much shorter.
This Marvel show made some . . . interesting departures from the original comics, but one positive change it made was in the relationship between Karolina Dean and Nico Minoru. The original comics, about a group of teens who find out their parents are supervillains, came out in 2005, when the state of comics was very different. (Iceman wasn’t even gay yet! Dark times.)
But this show fast-tracks their relationship, something that took the comics fifteen years to figure out. Now if Disney could just make up their minds about which shows are MCU canon. . . .
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power may have only aired for a year and a half, but it quickly became a cult favorite over its five seasons. Princesses of Power reinvented the ’80s character for the modern age, and fleshed out the stories of a diverse group of heroes and villains from the original series.
The best part of She-Ra? Unlike Masters of the Universe: Revelation, you don’t need to be familiar with any of the original shows to follow along.
Heartstopper is a super-tropey teen romance filled with misunderstandings, milkshakes, and on-screen text messages. So many on-screen text messages. This isn’t an easy show to watch while multitasking. But if you like coming-out stories for a slightly younger audience, this one’s for you.
This isn’t the only webcomic–turned–graphic–novel coming to Netflix: ND Stevenson’s Nimona is set to hit the platform sometime next year.
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Our Flag Means Death
Our Flag Means Death is maybe the biggest stealth hit of 2022. Airing in drops of two or three episodes at a time, it never advertised itself as an LGBTQ+ show, but let the story speak for itself. That strategy worked out, and word of mouth turned it into one of the most popular shows on streaming this spring.
And seemingly in celebration of Pride Month, HBO just renewed the show for a second season. We’re glad it’ll be a while before these pirates walk the plank.
Looking for an adult animated comedy? Harley Quinn will provide. From King Shark to the Joker, this show transforms the usually ultra-gritty, dark and serious DC characters into something a little more fun. It’s almost enough to fill the Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey–shaped hole in our hearts. (You can watch that on HBO Max as well, by the way.)
The streaming wars have brought us a lot of straight teen rom-coms: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before from Netflix, Moonshot from HBO Max, etc. But Hulu’s contender, Crush, stands out by providing a lighthearted story about the sapphic scene at one high school’s track team.
Just be prepared—as you can tell from the trailer, the characters don’t shy away from talking about sex, making this movie TV-MA.
Have you ever caught yourself wishing for a gay, R-rated Pride and Prejudice retelling set off the coast of modern-day New York? Maybe one starring Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, and Matt Rogers? Today’s your lucky day.
We’ve seen this story played out a lot of times—once even involving zombies— but Fire Island puts enough of a twist on the classic to enchant audiences all over again.
Wheel of Time
On its surface, Wheel of Time seems like another Game of Thrones wannabe, but it has its own charms. It seems to be diverging from its source material in a positive way, especially when it comes to one of the show’s protagonists Moiraine and her partner, Siuan.
In a fantasy setting where gender plays an important role (even if that concept of gender is so far, very binary), it makes sense for them to explore same-sex relationships the books only hinted at.
We don’t know when Good Omens will return for season two, so you might as well catch up with season one. Based on the classic book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett, this is one of those rare adaptations that actually does its source material justice. In fact, it did so well that it’s continuing even beyond the ending of the book, so even superfans don’t know what to expect next.
We Are Lady Parts
Peacock is a newer player in the streaming world, but we’re impressed with the few originals we’ve seen so far. Most notably, We Are Lady Parts, a quirky comedy about an all-female, all-Muslim punk band trying to find their sound. Season one is only six episodes, so it’s the perfect binge-watch.
If you’re stuck waiting for the next Stranger Things installment and want more content focused on the culture of the 1980s, well, there’s already a lot of ’80s content out there. But we like 2014’s Pride for the way it centers real gay and lesbian activists as they struggle to support a striking miner’s union in Wales. Also, Andrew Scott from Fleabag is in it, if that persuades you.
You don’t need Peacock Premium to watch Pride—it’s available for free with ads to everyone. All you need to sign up is a valid email address. Confused about Peacock’s subscription tiers? Read our Peacock review for more information.