Celebrating Pride and Overcoming Prejudice Through Queer Media

As Pride month quickly approaches, here are several shows you should add to your watch (or rewatch) list.

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CSI’s LGBTQ+ Resource Center is hosting a screening of “But I’m a Cheerleader” on the Great Lawn on May 11 at 8:00 pm.

By K.M. D’Ambrosio

Streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu offer a variety of shows with LGBTQIA+ representation to watch during Pride month, which takes place in June. 

“Heartstopper” is a show based on the graphic novel series written by Alice Oseman. It follows the love story of two teenagers, Nick and Charlie, as well as the lives of their friend group. Currently there is only one season, which is eight episodes, on Netflix; the second season is set to premiere on August 3.

“First Kill” is a one season show which includes a sapphic love story between two teenagers: Juliette, who is a vampire, and Calliope, who is a vampire hunter.

When asked for recommendations of shows to watch for pride month, Jeremiah Jurkiewicz, who runs the LGBTQ Resource Center, stated the following. 

“My all-time favorite television show is ‘Sense8’ on Netflix,” said Jurkiewicz.  

“Sense8” falls under the categories of drama, sci-fi, and thriller. There are two seasons available on Netflix, both consisting of twelve episodes each.

On Prime Video, one show to watch is “A League of Their Own.”

The historical fiction series takes place during the year 1943 and includes many sapphic characters. It follows the story of women baseball players and the professional women’s baseball league that emerged as a result of the Second World War.

Its first season has eight episodes, and though it has been renewed for a second season, it will only feature four episodes. 

“The Owl House” on Disney+ is a three-season show with several queer characters. It is an animated fantasy series that follows the story of Luz Noceda as she discovers and explores a magical realm. 

“Love, Victor” has three seasons on both Disney+ and Hulu. It is a high school drama that follows the story of teenager Victor Salazar.

It is set in the same world as “Love, Simon,” a movie that was based on the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” can be found on Hulu. This is a reality show in which drag queens compete against each other to win the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar.

This show has fifteen seasons but currently only season two and seasons five through nine are featured on Hulu. This streaming service also has seasons one through four of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.” 

“Our Flag Means Death” is an HBO Max show; it is a romantic comedy as well as a period piece. It is set in 1717 and follows the tale of the gentleman pirate, Stede Bonnet, as he tries to lead his crew as a pirate captain.

Currently the show has only one ten-episode season, but it has been renewed for a second season.

For those who do not have access to these streaming services, the LGBTQ Resource Center is hosting a Pride Outdoor Movie Night.

On Thursday. May 11, at 8:00 pm, there will be a screening of the film, “But I’m A Cheerleader.” The event will take place on The Great Lawn and free popcorn, candy, and beverages will be included. RSVP here.

When elaborating on the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in media, CSI student Ashley McCarthy stated the following. 

“So everyone feels like their voices are heard,” said McCarthy. “And no one feels like they are alone.”

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