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Get your pride on.
It’s Pride month, y’all.
The month of June has been the chosen time to celebrate the LGBTQ community since the 1970s. In celebration of this gayest month of the year, many streaming platforms beef up their queer content. While most streaming platforms have a section set aside for LGBTQ movies and shows, much of it merely claims the title without carrying the soul of the community. In honor of the most colorful month of the year, here are the best LGBT movies on Hulu and the best LGBT shows on Hulu.
The best LGBT shows on Hulu
1) The L Word
Of all the LGBT shows on Hulu, this may very well be the gayest. The L Word follows a group of young lesbians and bisexuals traversing their complicated lives in West Hollywood. Intertwining character arcs and tones of love, loss, and the very human struggle of adulthood make this series a favorite for many, regardless of sexual orientation.
2) Difficult People
If you’ve somehow missed out on Billy Eichner’s unmistakable personality, this series is a perfect way to change that. Centered around two aspiring comics in their thirties, Difficult People celebrates the cynicism that forms in us all as we age. Harsh, hilarious, and occasionally wholesome, this three-season series embraces the varied packages that gay people—and people in general—come in.
3) Will & Grace
Both the original eight-season run and the 2017 return of Will & Grace are available on Hulu. Celebrated as one of the most successful shows with a gay titular character, this charming series deserved the many awards it won through the years. Rather than obsessing over romance, Will & Grace‘s charm boils down to the enviable relationship between Will, a gay lawyer, and his best friend Grace, a straight interior designer.
4) The Bold Type
It’s not hard to find TV shows that follow a group of young people exploring their careers, lives, and sexuality. But it’s hard to find one that shows the journey as well as The Bold Type. Already confirmed for a fourth season, The Bold Type combines a clear love of fashion with a realistic portrayal of women and relationships, as well as believable depictions of varying sexual orientations.
5) Broad City
Few entries on this list can compete with the genuine, knee-slapping, pee-your-pants humor of Broad City. Raising a middle finger high to any notion of “feminine” versus “masculine” humor, this hysterical take on self-discovery is remarkably self-aware. It embraces the main characters’ sexual discovery and hones in on it in the final season. If you’ve never tuned into an episode before, find the time today. You’ll see why it’s one of the best LGBT shows on Hulu.
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There’s nothing like switching up a well-worn premise to make great television. Centered around five manicurists working at a Florida nail salon, Claws flips the script when the quintet begins laundering money for a nearby clinic. With a diverse cast that spans sexualities, races, and even developmental abilities, this series continually changes the game.
7) Gaycation with Ellen Page and Ian Daniel
For a much more casual gay romp, look no further than this examination of homosexuality around the world. In many ways, Ellen Page’s world travels with her close friend Ian Daniel feel more like viewing a home video than a documentary series. Interesting, and fun, and genuinely educational, Gaycation gives viewers a glimpse into gay culture from Japan to Ukraine, making it one of the most revelatory LGBTQ shows on Hulu.
This period piece manages to hit on a number of 21st-century issues, despite its setting in the 1700s. Set in London back when selling sex was not only legal but quite popular, Harlots gives viewers a fresh setting in which to enjoy powerful women. While the first season introduced and cemented the characters and themes of the show, the second season fully embraced its queer side. A third season is set to premiere in July, hopefully delivering even more quality entertainment.
9) The Bravest Knight
LGBTQ content for kids is painfully rare, and children’s shows with any level of diversity are often hard to find. Thanks to The Bravest Knight, all that will change on June 21. The show centers around a gay couple raising their adopted daughter in medieval times, and little Nia—the daughter of the mixed-race couple—is set on becoming a knight. On top of all that, the show actually features a diverse cast, with characters voiced by Wanda Sykes and RuPaul, among others.
10) Stephen Universe
Stephen Universe is the second animated series on this list, but it’s more likely to be enjoyed by tweens and teens than children. Following the trend of shows like Adventure Time, Stephen Universe deals with occasionally adult issues in a lighthearted, colorful way. This series is absolutely beloved by its fans and serves as a perfect introduction to LGBTQ representation for its young audience.
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The best LGBT movies on Hulu
Many of Hulu’s LGBTQ movies require add-ons to view. Rent, Call Me By Your Name, and even Brokeback Mountain are all listed as available on Hulu, but they require a subscription to either Starz or HBO to watch. This list is intended for viewers with a basic Hulu subscription, which offers far slimmer pickings. Thankfully, standard subscribers can still find some great LGBTQ movies on Hulu.
1) The Birdcage
Nathan Lane and Robin William’s hilarious remake of 1978’s La Cage aux Folles should be mandatory Pride month viewing. This goofy but surprisingly deep film teases at gay stereotypes while still communicating the diversity and complexity of the gay community. Centered around a gay couple forced to hide their sexualities for the sake of their son, The Birdcage celebrates our differences in a charming and hilarious way.
2) The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again
The Rocky Horror Picture Show has long been a cult classic among the gay community and beyond. The original 1975 film adaptation delivered this strange story flawlessly, which is likely why the 2016 version changed almost nothing. The remake features a few extra scenes to enhance the film, but otherwise it passionately embraces the original. Don’t let the remake status scare you: It’s still one of the best LGBT movies on Hulu. With Laverne Cox in the starring role, it’s hard to go wrong.
3) Check It
Many of the best LGBT movies on Hulu follow a goofy, comedic trend. Check It falls far outside this fun, flamboyant genre, opting instead for a more serious, realistic setting. A documentary detailing the formation of a gang by a group of Black, gay and transgender youth, Check It gives viewers a different look at the gay community.
Even though it hews closely to the traditional “awkward outcast suddenly becomes popular” format, G.B.F. has surprising heart. When the titular character played by the actually gay Michael Willett (in a much-needed act of casting within the community) gets outed, he becomes the object of every popular girl’s desire, and a pawn in their schemes. The film puts a fresh spin on tired tropes by mocking played-out cliches, making it one of the smarter LGBT movies on Hulu.
5) Kinky Boots
This British comedy might feel a bit outdated to younger viewers, but its basis in reality outweighs any outdated terminology or excessively early-2000s moments. Kinky Boots tells the mostly-true story of a failing shoe factory reviving itself through the manufacturing of shoes for drag queens. Quirky and fun, with overarching lessons about otherness and our inherent similarities, this 2005 film holds up better than most LGBT movies on Hulu.
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Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.