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30 LGBTQ+ Shows Now Streaming On Netflix To Watch This June For Pride

Sex Education, Elite, Schitt's Creek, and more great titles you'll want to queue up this June for Pride.

1. Sex Education (2019–Present)

Asa Butterfield and Ncuti Gatwa stand in the woods
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Okay, we’re starting with Sex Education, because it is my favorite show on this list (perhaps currently on TV) and if you get nothing else from this list it should be WATCH SEX EDUCATION. The British dramedy centers on Otis (Asa Butterfield, aka the boy in Hugo), a high school student who decides to make some extra cash working as a sex therapist for his fellow classmates, as his mom (played by The Crown’s ibble dibbleing Margaret Thatcher, Gillian Anderson) is an actual sex therapist. 

Better than a thousand YouTube tutorials or Cosmo articles, this show dives into all of the nooks and crannies of sex, highlighting homosexuality, bisexuality, pansexuality, asexuality, douching, scissoring, masturbation, fellatio, crossdressing, erotica, roleplay, fetishes, vaginas with teeth, and yes, even heterosexuality (boring, I know). Otis’s friendship with his gay bestie Eric (the LUMINOUS Ncuti Gatwa who should be the lead of at least 15 shows by now) is a beautiful depiction of allyship, and Eric’s relationship with Rahim (Sami Outalbali) in Season 2 is the freaking cutest. Also Maeve (Emma Mackey, soon to be in Death on the Nile) is not gay but is a badass. So like, just go watch the show, OK?

Watch it on Netflix.

2. Orange Is the New Black (2013–19)

Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon sit across the table from each other
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If you know one thing about OITNB, it could be described as “lesbians in jail,” and from the jump the series went full queer. Part of Netflix’s initial foray into original programming (along with House of Cards), the sometimes comedy/sometimes drama follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling, The Prodigy) as she is sent to prison for smuggling drug money for her ex-girlfriend. While she’s engaged to a man when she enters prison, she rekindles her relationship with the ex behind bars. Piper’s bisexuality is far from the only LGBT plotline on the show, however. Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) and Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale) both play lesbians, Ruby Rose (briefly Batwoman) plays a genderfluid inmate, and Laverne Cox (Promising Young Woman) launched herself into the stratosphere as the transgender Sophia. With episodes centered around Lost-styled character flashbacks and seven seasons, the show goes deep into queer life like few others.

Watch it on Netflix.

3. Eastsiders (2012–19)

Van Hansis and Kit Williamson stare at each other
Netflix

The antithesis of a big-budget juggernaut, this scrappy dark comedy began with 10-minute-long YouTube episodes and a Kickstarter campaign before transitioning over to Netflix for its final two seasons. The brainchild of actor/writer/director Kit Williamson (not to be confused with Kit Harington as I have done), the show revolves around an LA couple who cheat on each other with the same man. The messy love triangle stumbles along in various iterations, all of which involve plenty of hunky shirtless scenes. For Drag Race stans, Willam arrives in Season 2 playing a drag queen, and pre-Fresh Off the Boat, Crazy Rich Asians, and wanting to quit Fresh Off the Boat Constance Wu as the best friend. If you’re looking for a depiction of the modern messy world of gay infidelity, this is for you.

Watch it on Netflix.

4. Dead to Me (2019–Present)

Natalie Morales and Linda Cardellini in a photo booth
Netflix

On the surface, this Netflix original comedy isn’t particularly queer. After the husband of Jen (Samantha Who?’s Christina Applegate) is killed in a hit-and-run by Judy (the OG Velma herself, Linda Cardellini), Judy, overcome with guilt, befriends Jen in a grief support group, and the two begin investigating the death (not particularly aggressively in the case of Judy). In the second season, however, a sweet love story begins to unfold between Judy and Michelle (Natalie Morales of Santa Clarita Diet). Allowing Judy to slowly discover and explore her bisexuality as an adult is quietly groundbreaking, reassuring viewers that sexuality isn’t something you need to have hammered out by age 18. It is something that is always evolving and we should stay open to.

Watch it on Netflix.

5. Love Sick (2014–15)

Chonlathorn Kongyingyong and Nawat Phumphotingam in school uniforms
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The often untapped beauty of Netflix is its thousands of hours’ worth of international television, and if you’re willing to overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles (and put down your phone to read them) there is plenty of fascinating content to be watched. On that note, might I suggest for your viewing pleasure the Thai series Love Sick. The show focuses on Noh (Chonlathorn Kongyingyong) and Phun (Nawat Phumphotingam), two straight college students who, due to a convoluted series of events, must pretend to date one another to convince Phun’s sister they are a couple. As with every great rom-com, the “pretend” relationship quickly becomes not so pretend, and what’s left is a beautiful story about two boys with girlfriends trying to figure out their love for each other.

Watch it on Netflix.

6. American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018)

Edgar Ramirez puts a necklace on Penelope Cruz
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And the award for gayest murder mystery goes to… The victims are gay. The murderer is gay. The motive is gay. The second season in Ryan Murphy’s anthology series focuses on the murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace (played by Edgar Ramirez, soon to make an appearance in Jungle Cruise) by con-man/spree killer Andrew Cunanan (played by Ryan Murphy staple Darren Criss). The show, which won Criss an Emmy, is not only a character study of the unhinged Cunanan, but also a loving portrait of his victims, most of whom were gay men Cunanan felt had slighted him. Oh, and gay pop star Ricky Martin is here playing Versace’s boyfriend Antonio (also gay).

Watch it on Netflix.

7. Elite (2018–Present)

Alvar Rico, Ester Exposito, Aron Piper, Miguel Bernardeau, Danna Paola, and Maria Pedraza sit in a classroom
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Another of Netflix’s fizzy international offerings, this Spanish teen thriller (with its fourth season hitting the streamer on June 18, 2021) is akin to Riverdale or 13 Reasons Why. Each season employs a flash-forward trope setting up some massive plot point that the main story of the show is leading up to, and each season welcomes additional mysterious students to Las Encinas, an exclusive secondary school where the richest of the rich attend. Of the many relationships on the show, “Omander” — that of Omar (Omar Ayuso) and Ander (Arón Piper) — has been a fan favorite as the two struggle to be together in the face of Omar’s homophobic parents. After a rocky season 3, and a season 4 trailer that hints at a third boy coming into the picture, everyone needs to get onboard for some juicy homosexual drama.

Watch it on Netflix.

8. Atypical (2017–Present)

Graham Rogers, Brigette Lundy-Paine, and Fivel Stewart in bed watching a laptop
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With so much content pouring into Netflix on a weekly basis, it’s easy to miss some of the hidden gems that pop up on the site with little fanfare. One such show you should circle back to is this family sitcom heading into its fourth and final season. At the heart of the Gardner family is Sam (Keir Gilchrist, It Follows), an 18-year-old Connecticut boy with autism who decides he’d like to start dating, and his parents (The Woman in the Window’s Jennifer Jason Leigh and Prison Break’s Michael Rapaport), who try to be supportive. In addition to the autism represention, the show also pushes forward LGBTQ representation in the form of Sam’s loving sister Casey (played by the delightful Brigette Lundy-Paine of last summer’s Bill & Ted Face the Music). Lundy-Paine, who identifies as non-binary, deftly maneuvers their role as Casey slowly realizes she may have more feelings for her female friend than her boyfriend. We can’t help but stan a bisexual awakening.

Watch it on Netflix.

9. Black Lightning (2018–21)

Nafessa Williams and Cress Williams run in supersuits.
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For the superhero fans out there, while queers with superpowers may splash about on the comic book pages, they rarely make it to screen (just remember how long it took for gays to make it into the MCU and in what a meager role it was). The CW, however, is having none of this in their DC shows, and specifically this Black-lead show helmed by Prison Break’s Cress Williams. Enter Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce, aka Thunder, the first Black lesbian superhero to make it to screen, because sorry to the Chrises, but not all superheroes are straight white guys. Thunder is kicking ass with her titular father as a meteorological crime-fighting ensemble, and when she’s off duty she’s hanging out with her shapeshifting girlfriend.

(This is also a complete side tangent unrelated to gay rights, but we as a society are sleeping on China Anne McClain (Lightning). She is hysterical, one of the best people to come out of Disney Channel in a while, and was a scene stealer in Hubie Halloween last year. OK. Ted Talk done.)

Watch it on Netflix.

10. BoJack Horseman (2014–20)

The animated characters Todd Chavez, Diane Nguyen, Guy, and Jorge Chaves sit on couches
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The beauty of cartoons is that there is no limit to what they can do or where they can go, and thus they are the perfect place to have an anthropomorphic horse talk about anxiety and trauma. Where live-action shows can get bogged down in reality, shows like this Netflix animated sitcom have space to delve into untouched pockets of the human experience not often depicted on TV. One such pocket is asexuality, which gets highlighted late in the show’s run when BoJack’s roommate, Todd Chavez (voiced by Westworld’s Aaron Paul), slowly realizes he’s asexual, accepts himself, and comes out to his friends. More asexual people on TV, please!

Watch it on Netflix.

11. Glee (2009–15)

Heather Morris and Naya Rivera embrace
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If there are two legacies of the Ryan Murphy musical show, they are a) the cover of “Don’t Stop Believin’” and b) how many queer-ass characters the show had. Basically every episode was someone’s coming out party. There is of course Kurt (now bestselling author Chris Colfer), the original gay of the show. Then we’ve got Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (the gone-too-soon Naya Rivera), a pair of cheerleaders turned lovers who come out as bisexual and lesbian as the seasons progress. We’ve got Kurt’s boyfriend Blaine (the always playing gay, but not actually gay Darren Criss), gay rival singer Sebastian (cutie Grant Gustin of The Flash), transgender Unique (played by Broadway belter Alex Newell), and of course Rachel Berry’s two gay dads. And if that wasn’t enough, even the straight characters are played by LGBT actors like Kevin McHale, Jonathan Groff (with less spit), and Jane Lynch. Especially in the early 2010s, this show was GAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY.

Watch it on Netflix.

12. Bonding (2019–Present)

Matthew Wilkas, Alex Hurt, and Brendan Scannell in bondage gear
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Sometimes you want a meaty HBO drama with episodes that are 90 minutes long. But sometimes you want something short and sweet (but still queer), and for those moments there is Bonding. With 15-minute episode runtimes, this show is basically a Quibi but on Netflix. Zoe Levin (Red Band Society) plays Tiff, a grad student who becomes a dominatrix to make some extra cash (I imagine it’s good money), and brings along her gay bestie Pete (Heathers’ Brendan Scannell) as her assistant. What follows is two seasons of dark comedy and BDSM. Funny, yet very informative if you’ve never ventured into the world of sadomasochism, leather, and kink.

Watch it on Netflix.

13. Crashing (2016)

Louis Ford and Jonathan Bailey recline on a couch
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I’d like to take this moment to announce that Jonathan Bailey (Bridgerton’s Anthony) and I are getting married. TBD on the date, and I don’t think he knows yet, but I am manifesting. Among his many wonderful contributions to the world (Broadchurch, W1A, the Company revival soundtrack), the openly gay British actor also starred in this delightful pre-Fleabag miniseries from Phoebe Waller-Bridge about a group of friends “crashing” temporarily in an abandoned hospital. The future Mr. Bailey-Huff (Huff-Bailey? Still trying to decide) plays Sam, a sex-obsessed straight man who slowly realizes he has feelings for his friend Fred, and might actually be gay. Their romance is very sweet, and the show as a whole had me cackling to the point where my roommates were like, “Could you keep it down? I’m on the phone.”

Watch it on Netflix.

14. Grace and Frankie (2015–Present)

Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen in Adirondack chairs with their dog
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Some benefits of coming out: a) you get to be with the person you love, b) you get to be your true self, and c) your ex-wife and your boyfriend’s ex-wife can now move in together and become best friends who create hilarious hijinks and six seasons of a TV show. OK, that last one might not happen to everyone, but it does happen on this Netflix sitcom in which Grace and Frankie have husbands (Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) who get married to each other. The show is sweet and hilarious, but also stars two of the greatest actresses of our time: activist, Oscar-winner, and fitness influencer Jane Fonda, and LGBT icon, comedy legend, and Ms. Frizzle, Lily Tomlin. This is also your sign to go watch 9 to 5, which stars them both along with vaccine queen Dolly Parton.

Watch it on Netflix.

15. Riverdale (2017–Present)

KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Charles Melton, Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Lili Reinhart, and Cole Sprouse stand in front of a trophy case
Katie Yu/The CW/Courtesy Everett Collection

Oh Riverdale. How is it possible that a show this terrible can be this wonderful at the same time? The plots are insane (cult leaders shooting themselves out of rockets). The dialogue is unlike anything muttered by a real human in the history of civilization (“I’m a weirdo”). The proper names are laughable but stated with complete earnestness (Jellybean Jones. Jingle Jangle. The Five Seasons.). And yet, here I am, inhaling the fifth season like it’s no one’s business. The show’s treatment of Kevin (the stereotypical GBF played by Casey Cott) is not great. He’s mostly used to find dead bodies in the woods mid-hookup. But the relationship between Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Toni (Vanessa Morgan) is actually quite sweet, and for that I’ll give the show props. Also, who doesn’t want to watch a lesbian cheerleader shoot arrows at an opposing gang like she’s Katniss Everdeen?

Watch it on Netflix.

16. Schitt's Creek (2015–20)

Dan Levy and Noah Reid stand in their store
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Ewww, David! If you are alive in the year of our lord 2021 and you haven’t watched Schitt’s Creek, then honestly, I don’t know what to tell you. Clearly someone broke you, and therapy is in order. The show (which swept this year’s comedy Emmys) is a delight from nearly every front (Moira’s wigs, Stevie’s deadpan, Twyla’s ditziness) but smackdab at the center is the big ole fat gay romance between David (show creator Dan Levy) and Patrick (musician Noah Reid). Their relationship is the stuff of TV legend, and I defy a single human being not to start weeping both when Patrick comes out to his parents and/or when he starts singing “Simply the Best” to David. It was such a moment that they played the Tina Turner song during Joe Biden’s victory party firework display (where I cried again). This show is worth all the hype. Watch it, people.

Watch it on Netflix.

17. How to Get Away With Murder (2014–20)

Conrad Ricamora, Jack Falahee, and Aja Naomi King by some computers
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Am I the only one who may have blacked out while watching the copier room gay sex scene in this ABC show’s first season? “He did this thing to my ass that made my eyes water.” Said on primetime television. Scandalous. Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Bridgerton) has always loved to push the boundaries of representation on TV, and the openly sexual Connor (Jack Falahee) and his relationship with Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) across the show's six seasons certainly portrayed gay sex in ways network television hadn’t seen before. In addition, the reveal that Annalise Keating (Oscar-winning Viola Davis) is bisexual was another push for the LGBT community. Courtroom drama, murder mystery, and queer representation. What else could you ask for?

Watch it on Netflix.

18. The Politician (2019–Present)

Julia Schlaepfer, Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, and Rahne Jones stand in an office
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In many ways Shonda Rhimes is the creative twin of Ryan Murphy, the brain behind this political comedy/drama. Both broke out with network TV hits, both moved to Netflix for insane amounts of money, and both love to cast outside of the traditional Hollywood pool of skinny, white, straight people. Murphy’s first big Netflix endeavor focused on a high school class president election is jam-packed with queer characters. Ben Platt plays the bisexual Payton, running for office and haunted by his ex-bisexual lover River (Hollywood’s David Corenswet). His campaign manager (Laura Dreyfuss) is bisexual. His mother (Gwyneth Paltrow) leaves her husband for the female horse groomer. His running mate (Rahne Jones) is gender non-conforming. A campaign opponent is in a throuple, and trans actor Theo Germaine also stars on the show. Also, January Jones is in Season 1. She’s straight, but I love her anyway.

Watch it on Netflix.

19. Master of None (2015–Present)

Angela Bassett and Lena Waithe sit across from each other in a diner
Netflix

While Aziz Ansari has faced criticism for his actions in the last few years, his semi-autobiographic Netflix original comedy has a knack for creating perfect one-off capsule episodes. None is finer than “Thanksgiving,” an episode in the second season that follows the friendship of Ansari’s Dev and Denise (Lena Waithe in a star-making turn), told over a series of Thanksgivings. The show beautifully depicts the process of coming out in a less-than-accepting family as Denise slowly comes out to herself, to Dev, and to her mother, before enduring the long (often futile-seeming) journey towards acceptance in her family. Highlighting how especially difficult it can be to come out in the Black community, the episode is a masterful stand alone, so even if you’re not an Aziz fan, you can still connect with this important piece of queer television. Also its the perfect lead-in to Season 3, which will focus primarily on Denise.

Watch it on Netflix.

20. Sense8 (2015–18)

Freema Agyeman grabs Jamie Clayton's shoulder
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In terms of transgender representation, it’s hard to find many things more meaningful than this Netflix original show created by Lilly and Lana Wachowski. The sisters, who directed The Matrix films, camp classic Jupiter Ascending, and lesbian noir Bound, came out as transgender separately mid-career to plenty of hateful criticism. From their minds came this sci-fi drama about eight strangers who share a psychic connection and communicate with one another through their minds. One of the eight, Nomi, is a trans hacktivist and blogger and is played by trans actress Jamie Clayton (Designated Survivor). While the show was cancelled after just two seasons, it received a movie to tie up plot lines and remains a landmark on the road to more transgender inclusion.

Watch it on Netflix.

21. One Day at a Time (2017–20)

Isabella G omez, Rita Moreno, and Stephen Tobolowsky look at Sheridan Pierce's Mozart shirt.
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Another cancelled-too-soon show, this reboot of the '70s/'80s Norman Lear sitcom revolves around a Cuban American family with a single mother of two. The delightful family comedy discusses issues such as PTSD, immigration, and racism, as well as homophobia, gender, and of course pronouns. Isabella Gómez plays Elena, the daughter of the family, who comes out as lesbian and then begins the cutest teen romance with her non-binary friend Syd. We got a prom episode. We got a first kiss. Corny teenage sitcom moments finally coming to the queers. Oh, also living legend Rita Moreno is here as the sassy, yet supportive grandmother, so claps for that too.

Watch it on Netflix.

22. Tiny Pretty Things (2020)

Bayardo De Murguia watches Brennan Clost and Casimere Jollette practice ballet
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There’s nothing quite like watching highly talented dancers executing routines with ease. There is also nothing like catty behind-the-scenes dancer drama. Luckily this Netflix series traffics in both. Set at a Chicago ballet school and starring actual dancers (not actors with dancer body doubles), we follow the dancers and their instructors as they work to stage a production of Jack the Ripper. At the center of the drama is Shane (played by The Next Step’s Brennan Clost) who is sleeping with his roommate Oren Lennox (Barton Cowperthwaite). There is intrigue. There are pirouettes. There may or may not be a second season coming post-COVID.

Watch it on Netflix.

23. Queer Eye (2018–Present)

Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Tan France, and Antoni Porowski on a boardwalk
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Back in 2003, Bravo launched Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, a show in which five gay men swooped in to help “make-better” the life of a woebegone straight man. The show, which launched Ted Allen and Carson Kressley into fame, ended in 2007, but in 2018 Netflix revamped it with five new queer hosts who pop in to help all kinds of people (straight or not) zhuzh up their lives. Antoni, Tan, Karamo, Bobby, and JVN travel around the country sharing a little dose of queerness and a big dose of emotion wherever they go. If you can make it through an episode without weeping, there is something wrong with you.

Watch it on Netflix.

24. Someone Has to Die (2020)

Alejandro Speitzer in a gun room
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This queer Shakespearean tragedy certainly doesn’t disappoint on the promise its name makes. At least a few someones have to die in this three-part Spanish Mexican miniseries. When a young man, exiled to Mexico for mysterious reasons, returns to his wealthy family’s home in Spain, intrigue is bound to ensue. Even more so when the young man, returning for an arranged marriage, brings a young male ballet dancer with him, and rumors of homosexuality begin to swirl about the conservative family’s mansion. Set in the 1950s and destined for a miserable ending from the start, this is no chipper frolic, but if you are looking for something brooding and full of despair, then I’ve got the LGBT drama just for you.

Watch it on Netflix.

25. The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)

Victoria Pedretti and Amelia Eve sit in a greenhouse
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And if one tragic miniseries with a queer lead wasn’t enough for you, here’s another! The second season of Mike Flanagan’s Netflix anthology series (following The Haunting of Hill House and starring some of the same actors, although the stories are not connected) is a retelling of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, only in this version, the tormented nanny falls in love with the wealthy family’s gardener. Ghouls, creepy children, supernatural occurrences, and an austere mansion all make appearances as the genre demands, but the relationship between Dani (Victoria Pedretti of Shirley and You) and Jamie (Amelia Eve) is the lifeblood pumping through the cold, ghostly tale.

Watch it on Netflix.

26. The Umbrella Academy (2019–Present)

Aidan Gallagher and Ellen Page speaking in a corn field
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Mysterious births. Ghosts. An impending apocalypse. Superpowers. Time travel. If you’re looking for sci-fi, then this Netflix show based off the comic book series has got you covered. Icon and king Elliot Page (Inception) stars as one of seven magical children adopted by a billionaire after they were all born simultaneously at midnight on October 1, 1989, to women who didn’t know they were pregnant. Now the seven Hargreeves must save the world! Page, who recently came out as a transgender man, plays Vanya, a cisgender lesbian woman, on the show, and according to Variety, Page will continue to play that role, an extremely important development in terms of onscreen representation as cisgender people regularly plan trans characters, but frustratingly we don’t see much of the reverse. But that’s not the only queer element of the show, as Vanya’s brother Klaus (Mortal Engines’ Robert Sheehan) is non-binary as well as pansexual. You love to see a big old LGBTQ family.

Watch it on Netflix.

27. Special (2019–21)

Ryan O'Connell smiling
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Until recently (and even still in many ways), there has been a stigma with showing gay sex onscreen. Even rarer than gay sex scenes, however, are scenes depicting disabled people having sex. And the combination? Unheard of. That is until Ryan O’Connell’s show, based on his memoir I’m Special, arrived on Netflix. Special, which stars O’Connell as Ryan Hayes, a gay man with cerebral palsy, purposefully depicts its sex scenes as realistically as possible, as those in the disabled community especially aren’t used to seeing people like them engaging sexually. In the first season, we see Ryan lose his virginity to a sex worker in a very honest yet sweet scene, and in season 2 we see him embarking on a romance of his own. Striking against homophobia and ableism all at once, the show breaks new ground for representation. Also, with episodes as short as 12 minutes, it’s a quick binge.

Watch it on Netflix.

28. Tiger King (2020)

Joe Exotic with a tiger
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As of writing this in May 2021, I am fairly certain that every human on the planet has seen this insane docuseries focused on rival big cat owners Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin. If you haven’t seen it, I’m assuming you were stranded somewhere without a television in those early weeks of the pandemic where no one had anything better to do than watch Joe Exotic music videos and speculate as to what happened to Carole’s first husband. Now Joe is not the best representation that the LGBT community has to offer. He mistreated animals, threatened to murder people, and coerced two seemingly straight young men into a throuple with drugs. BUT the key to representation isn’t just showing LGBTQ people as angelic or heroic — its showing them as people, flaws and all, even if they are serving zoo guests expired meat from Walmart. A fascinating watch with a bonkers gay man at the center, Tiger King is worth a watch (if of course you were in a coma back in March 2020).

Watch it on Netflix.

29. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015–20)

Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski talk on the street
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The show is named after Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper), but let’s be honest, the star is Tituss Burgess’s Titus Andromedon. (He was nominated for an Emmy every single season after all.) When Kimmy is rescued from a bunker and moves to New York with the education and mindset of an eight-grader, she moves in with Titus, a gay Broadway wannabe. Titus gets the show’s funniest lines. Titus makes the iconic musical numbers like “Peeno Noir.” Titus has a rival thespian named Coriolanus. And then of course there is Mikey, the Italian construction worker who falls in love with Titus. (Can we get an “awwwwwwwww”?) Really, it’s Titus’s world, and everyone else is just living in it.

Watch it on Netflix.

30. Pose (2018–21)

Billy Porter walks through a crowd in drag
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And the award for the queerest show currently on Netflix has to go to Pose. The Ryan Murphy show revolving around the drag ball scene in the '80s and '90s is serving you every letter in LGBTQ in spades, and the cast is as diverse as they come. Most of the straight, white cast members exited after Season 1, leaving predominantly queer actors of color, including gay Emmy, Grammy, and Tony-winning fashionista Billy Porter (Like a Boss), trans Off-Broadway star MJ Rodriquez (Adam), and non-binary model and actress Indya Moore (soon to be in Escape Room 2). The show tackles issues like discrimination, homophobia, and the AIDS epidemic, while also bringing viewers into the glitzy world of drag fashion, acrobatic dancing, and sickening lewks. Tens across the board.

Watch it on Netflix.

What's your favorite queer show on Netflix? Let us know in the comments!

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