Pride streaming: What to watch online this June
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There are plenty of Pride-filled options for LGBTQ streaming this month as we celebrate each year’s Pride Month. On Netflix and other services, get your fill with these shows and movies on the small screen…
‘Tales of the City’
Netflix recently announced they’re rebooting the acclaimed miniseries based on Armistead Maupin’s classic novels of the same name. The original “Tales of the City” aired in the 1990s, produced by the BBC and launching the career of Laura Linney. The episodes follow a colorful cast of characters living at an apartment building at 28 Barbary Lane in anything-goes 1970s San Francisco. The original series is streaming via Acorn TV, an online service that specializes in British TV shows. Pricing starts at $4.99 per month or you can take advantage of a free week trial to binge the few episodes in this classic gay mini-series.
Avid fans of this Netlix original were livid when the streaming service announced the series was coming to an end. Amid backlash and anger, Netlfix announced it would give a proper ending to the much-beloved series. That long-awaited, feature-length finale drops on June 8. The timing couldn’t be better — coming within Pride Month, perhaps a nod to the series’ LGBTQ inclusion.
‘Queer Eye’ Season 2
This reboot of the popular fashion show from last decade has become an instant gay cultural hit. Unlike the first go around, many fans and critics say, the reboot has featured more substance and diversity. Season 2 drops on Netflix on June 15.
‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’
If you’re looking to learn something new about LGBTQ history and culture, or just brush up on your knowledge if you’re already somewhat familiar, check out this groundbreaking documentary exploring the life of legendary transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson. A witness to the Stonewall Rebellion in June 1969, a co-founder of the Gay Liberation Front and a co-founder of the early trans group STAR, Johnson was also long known as “the mayor of Christopher Street.” Johnson died mysteriously in 1992. In the years leading up to her death, Johnson played a leading role with ACT UP. Streaming on Netflix.
‘God’s Own Country’
Described as Britain’s “Brokeback Mountain”-With-A-Happy-Ending, this 2017 feature made all the waves at film festivals across the country. It’s surely an instant classic and available for streaming on Netlfix now.
Like “God’s Own Country,” “Blackbird” was an instant favorite among LGBTQ movie buffs and festival goers. The 2014 feature follows an upstanding African-American teenager who’s family and friends often lean on him. But the teen is struggling and hiding a secret while he struggles with his sexuality. It is currently streaming on Netflix.
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About the author: Matt Comer is a staff writer for QNotes. He previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015.