If you’ve already been out for a bevvy to celebrate the start of Pride Month and you want a comfy night in front of the telly, here are some of the best television and movies we thought you might like to watch.
The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson
This compelling documentary investigates the mysterious death of Marsha P Johnson. a black trans and gay rights activist and veteran of the Stonewall uprising of 1969.
The documentary uses archival interviews with Johnson, as well as new interviews with Johnson’s family, friends and fellow activists. This is a must-see movie for those who want to learn more about gay, trans and black history.
The story of a human rights campaigner’s acts of civil disobedience and how they revolutionised attitudes towards homosexuality and impacted the fight for equality. It’s a pretty hard-hitting documentary that follows Peter over the years in his quest for equal rights and the things he had to go through, from violence to arrests. This is a very important watch for all of us.
This 2014 British film tells the true story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who raised money for the National Union of Mineworkers during the miner’s strike in 1894. There’s a massive culture clash between the activists and the working-class men and women of the small welsh town, but the two communities come to understand each other. Funny, and, touching, the film shows the importance of building alliances in the struggle for rights and equality, it’s a proper heart warmer and well worth a watch.
Pose, created by American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy, is a TV drama about New York City’s African-American and Latinx LGBTQI ballroom culture scene during its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s. Pose was inspired by the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning. The series tackles the HIV/AIDS crisis. It features the largest cast of trans actors as series regulars on a scripted show, including Our Lady J, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross, and Hailie Sahar. Pose also stars the one and only Billy Porter as the ballroom grandfather Pray Tell. Janet Mock also writes, produces, and directs Pose episodes.
If you haven’t already heard about these 5 boys, then it’s about time you did. Queer Eye features loveable gay experts Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown, who travel to different US cities (and sometimes Japan) to help people get their lives together. The Fab Five provide help to people from all walks of life who could use some advice about fashion, home decor, food, and life in general. But it’s not really about the makeover on the outside, but the transformations in people’s hearts and minds that truly make this a gem of a series. Get the tissues ready, each episode will have you on a rollercoaster of emotions.
We couldn’t do a piece on LGBTQI+ tv without mentioning Drag Race. Drag queen royalty RuPaul makes wearing wigs, false eyelashes, sequined gowns, and high heels into an extreme sport with popular reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Watch new and legendary drag queens from all backgrounds battle it out for the crown as they compete in costume, acting, dancing and performing challenges, which always end in them lip-syncing for their lives. The series is more than drama and dance trauma, however. It also celebrates friendship, as well as some very moving moments of self-discovery and hard work it takes to be a successful drag queen.
with seasons 1-13 of the USA version available to watch in the UK as well as UK, Canada and Down Underversions.