It’s Pride Month and on Netflix, Hotstar, LGBTQ stories are on the rise. Here is a checkout list
Jone is celebrated around the world as Pride Month. It is not just a tribute to the 1969 stone wall uprising marked by festivities, parades and events to honor LGBTQ voices and experiences, but also to draw attention to the issues that continue to face community members.
Queer representation has always been a hotly debated issue, with Hollywood and Bollywood producing fewer films that don’t just talk about queer experiences but also employ queer talent. But with the Covid pandemic forcing people to stay at home and “OTT and chill,” queer voices and representations seem to have found a new space.
As we celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month 2021Here is a recap of some of the best shows / movies of all genres currently available to watch on OTT platforms:
by netflix Pose, a show that watches and celebrates New York’s transgender community, spans two decades in three seasons. Pose treats with respect, pathos and love both the glamor of the ballroom and the show of courage of people amid the crisis of AIDS, transphobia, sexism and racism. This New York subculture inspired Madonna’s song ‘Vogue‘in 1990, to which the second season of the series pays tribute.
it strange (2018)
strange eye makes makeovers healthy in a way that no other makeover-based show has. It makes you hash from here and hashed so far, warm and hopeful, and shows how a change of outfit can be really powerful sometimes, even help discover who you are. It encourages self-esteem and self-care in ways queer narratives haven’t really envisioned.
Feel Good (2020)
The stand-up has captured audiences all over the world over the past two years. But queer comedians are still far away and few in number, and shows, whether stage or scripted, are fewer. by netflix Feel good, Mae Martin’s semi-autobiographical black comedy, stand-up comic, humorously explores trauma, gender and addiction.
Disney and Hotstar’s Euphoria, a teen drama series, is a story about sex and drug addiction. But it is also above all a love story. The main character Rue, played by the very talented Zendaya, comes out of rehab and meets Jules, a transgender girl who has just moved to town.
The Boys of the Group (2020)
Based on the original 1968 Mart Crowley play that examined the idea of being gay before Stonewall, before AIDS and equality before marriage, the film has an emotion that corresponds to self-hatred and fears. of the main characters, who are still trying to negotiate their gender identity.
Loev on Netflix is a story that surprises by not being “political” in the way we understand politics. Her statement is political because she refuses to let her two homosexuals engage in politics in India for good, but also portrays their struggle because it’s something they can’t really escape.
Schitt Creek (2015)
Feel good, what is it Schitt Creek is largely on. And Daniel Levy’s David is probably an example of how to be awesome yet vulnerable, all at the same time. It makes you warm and confused, especially because you are hoping for and ultimately getting a happy ending for the gay couple.
The Haunting of Bly Mansion (2020)
In the horror story trope, it’s a bit difficult to tear away from the scenes of haunted and sexualized beautiful women fighting demons or being the demons themselves, all seen primarily through the gaze of male directors and producers. But in Netflix The Haunting of Bly’s Mansion, you get a weird gothic romance. The “haunting” is also accentuated by the ghost of norms, of the pressure to be heteronormative that obscures who and what you really are.
Its history (2021)
Alt Balaji’s His history is an interpretation by Alt Balaji of same-sex relationships in India and how Indian society places great importance on “masculinity” expressed through heteronormative sexual prowess and men’s willingness to be part of a “typical family” “. Married women, on the same platform, is a wonderful interpretation of the tenderness of same-sex love and female friendships.
Sex education (2019-)
Sex educationThe charm of s lies in the throes of growing up and discovering the range of identities without the burden of societal shame. It makes us yearn for the freedom and rebellion that comes with adolescence and the lessons we learn from getting to know the world around us.
Ajeeb Daastaan (2021)
This Netflix anthology innovates a lot – from Neeraj Ghaywan’s Geeli Puchi who looks at caste and desire, to that of Shashank Khaitan Majnu who talks about the pitfalls of being gay and married to “stay the course” of appearances.
The LGBTQ dramas and shows that make their way into audiences’ lives through everyday characters and narratives are a welcome change. There is still a long way to go before these stories can penetrate the closed circles of heterosexual communities, where “growth” is more of a necessity. For now, however, the “pride” is to see the roster of movies and shows built around LGBTQ characters grow, far removed from what it was just a few decades ago.
Opinions are personal.
(Edited by Prashant Dixit)
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