It’s June, aka Pride Month, and that means it’s time for corporations to show us some RESPECT as a PEOPLE by delivering queer, bisexual, lesbian and otherwise interesting content to our televisions! Many networks are celebrating by re-organizing their websites to remind us that they have some queer movies available while others are debuting brand new gay content! What will the gays find on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Peacock, Amazon Prime Video, IFC+, AMC+, Discovery+ and more?
Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration – June 9
Hosted by Bob the Drag Queen and Billy Eichner and studded with surprise stars introducing their funny friends (e.g., Lily Tomlin, Sarah Paulson and Lena Waithe), this comedy show featured queer women and trans comics like Tig Notaro, Patti Harrison, Gina Yashere, Margaret Cho, Judy Gold, Patti Harrison, Mae Martin, River Butcher and Sandra Bernhard. I was at this show so I can attest it was indeed very good and did indeed feel like the largest-ever gathering of LGBTQ+ comics! In fact, so many people gathered for it that it ran super long and the final talent of the night — Rosie O’Donnell and Wanda Sykes — only got a few minutes each. Anyhow it was funny you should watch it!
First Kill: Season One – June 10
This Pride Month we are invited to celebrate lesbian vampires in this drama in which teenager vampire Juliette must make her first kill to take her place among a powerful vampire family and sets her sights on a new girl in town, Calliope — but then Calliope turns out to be a vampire hunter from a celebrated slayer family and then also Juliette gets a crush!
Vice (2018) – June 10
This story about how Dick Cheney pulled all the strings in the Bush administration features Lily Rabe as Cheney’s lesbian daughter Liz.
Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live – June 14th
Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda introduce an all-female lineup of comedians.
Iron Chef: Quest For An Iron Legend – June 15
Wow! The legendary Iron Chef series promises a REBIRTH with a “supersized approach to the ground-breaking culinary competition that started it all.” Promising to be the toughest culinary challenge a chef will ever experience, we will be assisted in this game by the co-hosting presence of our beloved Kristen Kish.
Dead End: Paranormal Park (Season 1) – June 16
Based on the horror-comedy graphic novels Deadendia, this animated series follows the adventures of Barney, a trans teen who, along with his queer friend Norma and Pugsley the magical demon-possessed talking dog, must “balance their summer jobs at the local theme park haunted house while battling the totally real supernatural forces that dwell within it.”
Umbrella Academy: Season 3 – June 22
The networks’ biggest superhero series has promised its biggest season yet as our heroes face off against the Sparrows. Elliot Page’s character will be coming out as trans with the name Viktor Hargreeves.
Charmed (Season 4) – June 18
Grey’s Anatomy (Season 18) – June 25
Beauty (2022) – June 29
Set in 1980s New Jersey and written and co-produced by Lena Waithe, Beauty follows a young Black singer (Gracie Marie Bradley) on the brink of a promising career who finds herself torn between a domineering family, industry pressures and her love for her girlfriend, Jasmine. Niecy Nash is in it!
But I’m a Cheerleader (1999) – June 1
If you haven’t seen the #1 lesbian movie of all time, which tells the story of a lesbian cheerleader sent to campy gay conversion camp where she is confronted with the temptation of Clea Duvall and the leadership of RuPaul, then this is your big chance!
The Kids Are All Right (2010) – June 1
The kids of these lesbian Moms are alright but the Moms are not because one of them has a little affair with her child’s donor, sending everything into tumult.
Pitch Perfect (2012) – June 1
There is in fact a lesbian character in this film about a competitive college a-capella group that aggressively recruits Anna Kendrick to improve their team and then there is a sing-off.
Pride (2014) – June 1
Based on the true story of a group of U.K. gay activists who work to help miners during the summer 1984 strike of the National Union of Mineworkers.
Queer as Folk UK (Seasons 1-2) – June 1
If you want to catch up on the original original Queer as Folk — the U.K. edition — it appears you can do so!
Queer as Folk: Season 1, Episodes 1-8 – June 9
I am SO VERY EXCITED for this program because I’m a huge fan of the original U.S. series and the cast of the reboot is just fantastic! Set in New Orleans, most of the characters are gay men, but the story also includes nonbinary actor CG as non-binary character Shar, a professor “navigating the rocky transition from punk to parenthood” and trans actress Jesse James Keitel as Ruthie, CG’s partner and a “semi-reformed party girl who is struggling to grow up.” Juliette Lewis appears as the supportive Mom.
Rutherford Falls: Season 2 – June 16
As Season 2 opens we find Reagan (Jana Schmieding) struggling with a heavy workload at the Heritage Museum, Minishonka casino CEO Terry (Michael Greyeyes) facing new challenges as his town is revamped into a Colonial-themed tourist experience and Nathan (Ed Helms) considering a run for mayor. Non-binary actor Jesse Leigh returns as Nathan’s non-binary assistant Bobbie Yang. “We never get to be funny and explore character in their specific situations—Native characters and their specific experiences,” the showrunner told Sunset about the critically acclaimed series. “It was really fun to just see where these characters wanted to go.”
Pride-Themed Shortform Content Series – June 1
Produced by Human by Orientation, this series will include custom short-form content that amplifies the voices of HBO Max’s LGBTQ+ talent, such as Hacks’ Hannah Einbinder, “Somebody Somewhere’s” Murray Hill and and “We’re Here’s” Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela, and Eureka. The featured content will include: Queerness in Conversation, “Culture Closeups,” “Serving Lewks,” and “Get Ready With Me.”
How to Survive a Plague (2012) – June 1
This award-winning documentary traces the evolution of HIV/AIDS activist group ACT UP, using interviews and culling from hours of footage captured by activists during the organization’s most vital years.
Life Partners (2014) – June 1
This very cute little film stars Leighton Meester as Sasha, the lesbian in a co-dependent relationship with her best friend Paige (Gillian Jacobs) who begins to feel a little adrift when Paige gets a serious boyfriend. Also worth noting are Beth Dover and Gabourey Sidibe as Sasha’s lesbian friends and a little cameo by Kate McKinnon.
Naomi (Season 1) – June 1
Irma Vep: Limited Series Premiere – June 6
Okay so; Oliver Assayas (he of “Clouds of Sils Maria” and “Personal Shopper”) fame made Irma Vep in 1996, a film about a French director remaking Les Vampires. Now in 2022 he has made Irma Vep, a limited series about a French director remaking Les Vampires. This one stars Alicia Vikander as Mira, a Hollywood star on a promotional tour for her latest superhero movie who’s got her heart set on this Les Vampires project and is seeking a distraction from the understandably preoccupying situation of her ex-girlfriend/ex-assistant recently daring to get married to somebody else. Carrie Brownstein plays Mira’s agent!
The Janes (2022) – June 9
This incredibly timely documentary tells the story of a group of college-age activists who created a secret underground network to provide abortion access to those who needed it in Chicago, eventually becoming the subject of a widely publicized raid. I am just assuming that there were lesbians involved in this somehow.
Summer Camp Island: Season 6 Premiere – June 9
Oscar & Hedgehock navigate the mysteries and wonders of a magic sleep-away camp “where camp counselors are popular girl witches, horses become unicorns, and monsters live under the bed.” Alia Shawkat voices Blanche and Fortune Feimster voices Ava. Blanche and Ava are girlfriends!
Westworld: Season 4 Premiere – June 26
We don’t know much about the fourth season of Westworld because they don’t want us to, but they really seem to be a HOTSPOT for queer actresses! This year Ariana DeBose is joining Evan Rachel Wood and Tessa Thompson. It will be a “dark odyssey about the fate of sentient life on earth” and will include an amusement park modeled after a concept of the 1930s American mafia.
Glee (Complete Series) – June 1
Fire Island (2022) – June 3
This modern riff on Pride & Prejudice brings a stellar cast of gay actors to Fire Island, most notably our beloved Bowen Yang, who plays Howie, the best friend of lead character Noah (Joel Kim Booster) with whom they are spending a week at the beach house owned by Erin (Margaret Cho), the film’s token queer woman. So far it’s gotten great reviews and looks really fun!
Vida: Seasons 1-2: June 7
If you never saw this show ’cause you had Starz, now’s your chance! It’s absolutely one of the best queer shows of all time and it burned so brightly before ending far too soon.
The Los Angeles Pride Parade – June 12
KABC’s Ellen Leyva, Karl Schmid, Christiane Cordero and Eric Resendiz will host a livestream of the parade on Sunday, which’ll feature CELEBRITY GUESTS, 130 parade floats, marchers, trucks, exotic cars, twirlers, performers and more. The livestream will be available to all subscribers for 30 days.
Love, Victor: Season 3 Complete Series – June 15th
The final season of Love, Victor, also available on Disney+, and in the preview we see Lake revealing to Felix and Pilar that she is dating Lucy now. The cliffhanger upon which Victor left us hanging — will he choose Benji or Rahim??! — will be revealed.
NYC Pride March Livestream – June 26
WABC’s Ken Rosato, Lauren Glassberg and Sam Champion will host this livestream of the NYC Pride Parade, Grand Marshalled by Punkie Johnson, Ts Madison, trans athlete Schuyler Bailar, ACLU attorney Chase Strangio and Okra Project Executive Director Dominique Morgan. The show will also be available to all subscribers for 30 days after the livestream.
Wildhood (2021) – June 24
Set in a rural east-coast trailer park, two-spirit Mi’kmaw teenager Link (Phillip Lewitski) lives with his abusive father and younger half-brother Travis (Avery Winters-Anthony). They hit the road after discovering Link’s Mi’kmaw mother could still be alive, along the way meeting Pasmay (Joshua Odjick), a pow-wow dancer who is immediately attracted to Link.
Only Murders in the Building: Season 2 Premiere – June 28
One of last year’s most surprisingly delightful and compelling new programs returns after a cliffhanger that saw our beloved Mabel, Charles and Oliver framed for murder. Noted menace to society / queer lothario Cara Delevingne will be joining the cast as Alice, “a sophisticated art world insider who becomes enmeshed in the mystery” and, most relevant to our interests here,
Black Swan (2010) – June 1
This is a ballet movie and it is very intense and a lot of psychological things happen and then there is this Natalie Portman / Mila Kunis situation that I think made a real impact on us all as a culture.
The Boys: Season 3 – June 3
In Season 2, The Boys got meta about lesbian and bisexual representation, with bisexual superhero Queen Maeve finding her sexuality used by her crew as something to capitalize on when her superhero squad was under fire for a lack of diversity. In Season Three, they learn of a new Anti-Supe weapon that sends them crashing into the Seven, thus starting a war.
Fairfax: Season 2 – June 10
This adult animated comedy follows four middle schoolers seeking popularity, clout and individuality within the Hypebeast culture of Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, where there are daily lines of sneakerheads coveting new releases. One of the four is a queer woman played by Kiersey Clemons!
For All Mankind: Season 3 Premiere – June 10
Every season of For All Mankind does at time jump, and Season 3 will land us in the 1990s with a charismatic visionary determined to pioneer a multi-national mission to Mars. Lesbian character Ellen Waverly (Jodi Balfour) will find herself running for Senate in Texas.
Loot: Season One Premiere – June 24
A billionaire (played by Maya Rudolph) is betrayed by her husband and responds by acting out in public, and the tabloid coverage that ensues leads her to realize she’s got a charity in her name and her decisions are giving her good work a bad name, thus inspiring her to reform herself and give back! The supervisor of her charity, Sofia Salinas, is played by queer trans actress MJ Rodriguez and her devoted assistant Nicholas is played by gay actor Joel Kim Booster.
The Book of Queer: Limited Series Premiere – June 1
This five-episode series celebrates and recognizes the history of the LGBTQ+ community, hosted by queer faves like Dominique Jackson, Alex Newell and Margaret Cho, supported by an entirely queer ensemble cast recreating some of history’s most notable moments.
P-Valley: Season 2 Premiere – June 3
Five months after P-Valley was threatened with the possibility of having to close its doors, Season Two explores the tense partnership between Autumn and non-binary character Uncle Clifford, who bought The Pynk from Autumn. This saved the dancers’ jobs, but new leadership brings new drama!
The Chi: Season 5 Premiere – June 24th
Season Five will “delve deeply into the many joys and complications of Black love: relationships, children, career, community and self,” and we’ll find Nina and Dre working at rebuilding their union while also figuring out how best to support Lynae,
Slo Pitch: Season 2 Premiere – June 1
This Canadian queer mockumentary webseries from a majority LGBTQ+ cast and creative team tells the story of The Brovaries, an underachieving, beer league softball team of queer and/or non-binary athletes, and debuted on OUTtvgo in Canada in 2020. You can stream Season One online on IFC+ and AMC+ and catch the premiere of Season 2 on June 1st!
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Re: “The Book of Queer”: gay men have been saying that the campy stereotypes about them in this show are insulting (e.g. the characters often act like teenage girls rather than men), and it makes claims about a number of historical figures that have been debunked by historians. This is probably going to harm the cause that it’s supposed to help.
Motherland Fort Salem : Season 3 Premiere – June 21
I’m looking forward to watching Beauty. Thanks for sharing this list.
I was just lamenting not wanting to get another STARZ membership to watch Vida again, though I would shell out the money because Vida was a great show. It’s nice to know I can watch it through Hulu in a few days.
Totally unexpected but Discovery+ has a little scripted web-series called Control. Found it the other night scrolling through and watched it. It’s in Polish and was really cute.
Aright, who else is watching Irma Vep? First episode was tense so far. I don’t know if I should buckle up or just coast?
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