Over the past ten years, the performance of LGBTQ+ in TV and movies has grown exponentially. According to GLAAD’s annual “Our Place on TV” report, the number of LGBTQ+ characters in TV shows has increased by approximately 70% since the beginning of the last decade. This is largely due to the creation of many new shows that highlight the queer experience. As LGBTQ+ characters and actors increasingly gain a foothold in entertainment, streaming services such as HBO Max have created various stories centered on the queer community. If you need a new LGBTQ+ series to party, please check the services provided by HBO Max.
Veneno tells the story of Spanish LGBTQ+ icon Cristina "La Veneno" Ortiz in real life. In order to bring this legendary transgender performer to life on the screen, three talented actresses-Daniela Santiago, Jade and Isabel Torres-portray La Veneno at different stages of her adult life. The show has something that everyone can connect with, and contains a lot of emotionally tender moments to balance La Veneno's otherworldly personality.
The Lady and the Dale
The Lady and the Dale is co-produced by Transparent’s Zackary Drucker and tells the life of car pioneer Liz Carmichael, who created the first three-wheeled car called The Dale in the 1970s.
This four-part documentary series also explored the legal issues that Carmichael faced after taking investment funds from a car company and imprisonment for a crime.
From Paris Burning and Kiki to my house and pose, the ballroom scene has only been highlighted on the screen a few times. In the HBO legend, ballrooms compete with each other in high-energy performances and jaw-dropping fashion battles. With a grand prize of $100,000, Legendary is by far one of the largest ballroom platforms.
Part documentary, part historical drama, "Equality" puts the former queer pioneers at the center of the stage, and the actors recreate some of the most important moments in LGBTQ+ history. Trailblazers like Sylvia Rivera, Stormé DeLarverie, and Bayard Rustin come to life with actors such as Pose star Hailie Sahar, Elizabeth Ludlow and Love of The Walking Dead, and Simon actor Keiynan Lonsdale.
Betty is a teen comedy series that tells the story of a group of Generation Z girls struggling to stand out in the male-dominated skateboarding world of New York. Like many other shows about the experience of adolescence, girls will discover who they are - and who they love in the process.
Gentleman Jack is a historical drama about the life of Anne Lister, a British landlord and industrialist. The show took place in the 1830s and was adapted from Liszt's real diary, which eventually won her the title of "the world's first modern lesbian".
Similar to Queer Eye, we are here to provide people with an opportunity to completely change their lives with the help of queer icons. The show’s stars Bob Drag Queen, Shangra and Eureka-three drag queens who gained fame in the RuPaul drag contest-came to small towns across the country as three fairy godmothers to help strengthen confidence in the locals who need it. To be honest, this is a good-feeling TV for the whole family.
It’s a Sin
From Queer as the folk song creator Russell T. Davies, this is a miniseries starring Years & Years singer Olly Alexander. The show captures life during the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1980s and the great grief that followed. Although many other shows during the AIDS crisis demonstrated the suffering it caused in the United States, it was a sin that highlighted the progress of the pandemic in the United Kingdom.
As one of the biggest shows represented by Generation Z, Generation is composed of Justice Smith and a series of other talented young actors as high school students. The show follows every student trying to navigate their sexuality in their conservative community.
In another show featuring Gen Z high school students, Euphoria will play Emmy award-winning actress Zendaya as Rue Bennett, a drug addict who is recovering, striving to find stability in her life. Her romantic interest in the show, Jules Vaughn, is played by trans actress and model Hunter Schafer. The show has a lot of commentary on the struggles of the current generation of teenagers.
The HBO Max original drama "Hax" star referred to actress Jean Smart as the legendary comedian Deborah Vance, and she needed the help of Gen Z comedians. The rising comedian Hannah Einbinder and the non-binary actor Carl Clemons-Hopkins both won the 2021 primetime Emmy for playing Ava and Marcus respectively on the show award nominations.
"Finding" focuses on the lives of three gay men living in San Francisco in love, life, and friendship. In the end, Looking's run was short-lived, but it ended with an exciting one-off movie.
At 29 years old, my favorite compliment is being
told that I look like my mom. Seeing myself in her image, like this
daughter up top, makes me so proud of how far I’ve come, and so thankful
for where I come from.