Its Pride Month! I’ve complied a list of my top five tv shows, movies and books that have great representation and awesome storylines!
Euphoria follows modern teenagers as they deal with relationships, sex and trauma, showcasing teenager struggles as gender and labels meanings can mean different things to different people.
Season 1 is on Hulu, Amazon Prime and HBO
- One Day at a Time
One Day at a Time is a reboot of a 1970s series that follows a Cuban American family with a queer teenage daughter who goes for fun to protests with her friends and her non-binary significant other. The show touches on many topics; racism, xenophobia, religion and so many other important issues but manages to keep you laughing with its impeccable humour.
Season 1-3 can be found on Netflix with Season 4 on PopTV.
- Orange is the New Black
Whilst this show is about Piper’s year in Litchfield prison with her girlfriend and drug dealer; Alex Vause. It has diverged into other captivating stories about other women at Litchfield. With so many LGBT+ actors, they add to the great representation of a good queer series.
All seasons on Netflix
GLOW follows the story in 1985 of an aspiring actress trying to make her dreams come true, but gets cast in an experimental show called GLOW ‘Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.’ Finally in season 3, it goes into queer territory after patiently waiting for it since episode 1 of season 1.
Season 1 -3 are on Netflix.
- GRACE AND FRANKIE
Grace and Frankie are two women who discover that their husbands are long-time lovers and want to end their respective marriages to marry each other, leaving Grace and Frankie to start over with a fresh start. This show has become a ‘milestone’ for LGBT+ American seniors because of Robert and Sol and now with Frankie confirming her bisexuality in season 5! What a queer bonus!!
All Seasons can be found on Netflix
- Ammonite (2020)
It is romantic drama set in the 19th century about Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) a palaeontologist, and her relationship with geologist Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan).
- Happiest Season (2020)
A holiday romantic crime that tells the story of Abby (Kristen Stewart) who is about to meet her girlfriend Harper’s (Mackenzie Davis) family. Abby plans to propose during the family’s annual holiday dinner. However, Abby learns her girlfriend has not told her parents her true sexual orientation, complicating their relationship. It is a great romantic comedy that includes navigating a great relationship with family dynamics when all you want is your family’s acceptance.
- The Handmaiden (2016)
It is an erotic psychological thriller that is a twisty ride. It tells of a burgeoning love between a wealthy Japanese woman (Kim Min-hee) and a Korean pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri) and of the men who try to control and oppress them. With some content warnings for shocking sex and gore, and a long runtime.
- Love, Simon (2018)
Love, Simon is an honestly genuinely sweet film about seventeen-year-old Simon Spier’s (Nick Robinson) complicated coming-out story. As he’s yet to tell anyone that he’s gay. However, he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Providing hilarious and life-changing relief to events that occur. It is based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, it is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the ride of finding yourself and falling in love.
- Call me by your name (2017)
It is a sensual film of a tale of first love, based on the novel by André Aciman. It’s based in the Italian summer of 1983, following Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver. (Armie Hammer) Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. It is a story about innocence and loss while coming into sensibility.
- Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
After a catastrophic blind date, Darcy Lowell asks her brother to stop his setting her up and lies that her latest date was a success. Elle Jones is one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account Oh My Stars, dreaming of finding her soul mate.
Darcy’s brother—and Elle’s new business partner—expresses his happiness that they hit it off.
They agree to pretend to date, with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her overbearing family during the holidays. With their arrangement expiring on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop feelings during a faux relationship. Can opposites attract when true love is written in the stars?
- Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
Luc O’Donnell is reluctantly famous, as his famous parents split when he was younger. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc is now back in the spotlight. One compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.
To clean up his image, Luc has to find a simple relationship and Oliver Blackwood is perfect boyfriend material.
Unfortunately, apart from being gay, single, and in need of a date for a big event, they have nothing in common. Striking a deal to be publicity-friendly, but fake boyfriends until the scandal is forgotten, so they can separate and pretend it never happened.
But fake-dating feels a lot like real-dating and maybe they don’t ever want to let go.
- Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Alex Claremont-Diaz is handsome and charismatic, but ever since his mother became President of the US there’s been one problem.
The tabloids find a photo involving an altercation between Alex and Prince Henry, U.S./British relations turns sour.
Their families devise a plan for damage control: present a truce. What begins as a fake, Instagrammable friendship grows deeper, more than either of them could have imagined. Soon they are hurtling into a secret romance that could derail the presidential campaign and upend two nations.
- Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake
Delilah Green swore she would never go back to Bright Falls, home of memories of a lonely childhood. New York is her life now, with her photography career finally beginning and with no empty bed with a different woman every night.
When her estranged stepsister; Astrid pressures her into photographing her wedding, Delilah finds herself back in Bright Falls again. Planning to breeze in and out, but then she lays eyes on Claire Sutherland, one of Astrid’s stuck-up besties, and decides that maybe there’s some fun, and maybe a little retribution to be had, after all.
Having been a single mother whilst running a bookstore, Claire depends upon a surprise-free life, but Delilah Green is not that.
They’ve known each other for years, but from afar, Claire is uncertain when Delilah figures out exactly what buttons to push. And being forced together during the many wedding preparations, Claire isn’t sure she has the strength to resist Delilah’s charms.
Even worse, she’s starting to think she doesn’t want to . . .
- I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
A month before graduating from Willow-grove Christian Academy, the principal’s perfect daughter and prom queen Shara Wheeler, kisses Chloe Green and vanishes.
Furiously hunting for answers, Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, the long-time sweetheart of Shara’s, and Rory, her bad-boy neighbour with a crush. With an unlikely alliance, Chloe, Smith and Rory follow the trail of infuriatingly cryptic clues, and Chloe starts to suspect that there might be more to this small town – and Shara – than she thought.
I hope you’ve managed to pick a new show, movie, or book to read or watch this month.
I would love to hear any other suggestions or recommendations, please leave a comment for everyone else to check out and enjoy!