Pride 2020 has gone virtual this year. While many of us are spending more time indoors and at-home, it is no surprise that we’re indulging in every form of media available to us. Thankfully, there is so much content showcasing the way LGBTQ+ characters live and love. As we round out Pride 2020 and start our countdowns to Pride 2021, Queer staff at NWLC are here to provide you with a taste of what media we’ve been enjoying this year.

One Day at a Time (Netflix/Pop)

“One Day at a Time presents a Latinx (Cuban-American specifically) family and tackles lots of present-day issues—a daughter coming out, dating a nonbinary person, a mom who’s a vet with PTSD and depression, immigration, alcoholism…you name it, ODAAT has probably tackled it. They even did an animated episode during COVID quarantine about how to talk politics with family.”

—Sarah H.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

“These days I’m really thankful for any media that can help me escape from the real world for a bit – especially if it’s gay! I definitely got all that and more when my friend lent me Red, White and Royal Blue earlier this year. If you like a cute romcom plot, bisexual representation, coming of age, princes, YA-level discussions of gerrymandering and voter turnout, and pretending like the Trump administration never happened, this might be the book for you too! I’m happy Casey McQuiston took on the task of queering the “President’s kid falls in love” canon with this charming story—I can’t recommend it enough!”

—Erin

She-ra and the Princesses of Power! (Netflix)

“In the very early days of quarantine when I was incredibly scared everyday, my friends and I watched She-ra together on Netflix Party and it made all of us feel less sad and alone and a lot braver.”

—Sarah DH

 

Feel Good (Netflix)

“I loved how real and honest it felt, and the complexity of the characters was very relatable.”

—Estelle

 

Disclosure (Netflix)

“Disclosure is a Netflix documentary focused on media depictions of transgender people over time. The film does an excellent job of showing how tropes, stereotypes, and outright lies have taught generations of people to see trans people as lesser than—including trans people ourselves. It features a range of interviews with trans performers—including Laverne Cox, Brian Michael Smith, Alexandra Billings, Elliot Fletcher, Jaime Clayton, and Zeke Smith—and is a thoughtful way to unlearn bias and understand the value of true representation.”

—Gillian B.

Lush album by Snail Mail

“I’m a little late to the party because this album came out in 2018, but I’ve been listening to it all of 2020 so far. The lead, Lindsey Jordan, is a young local DMV, out, rock star who released her first album in high school (which is also great). I wish I had this album when I was in high school, but it hits just as hard as it would’ve now at 24.”

—Amanda F.

The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime)

“Although the original The L Word was a right-of-passage for me, I never thought of it as great television (I’m sorry!). With Gen Q, the show has received a refreshing update that highlights the true diversity within the queer community. I’ve really enjoyed getting to revisit my original L word faves, while also meeting and learning about the new, young professionals that make up the show. With all the juicy drama that L word fans know and love, I cannot wait until Season 2!”

—Lauren

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