LGBTQ+ books to read and shows to watch that aren’t Ru Paul’s Drag Race

To celebrate pride month, I thought I’d share some of my favourite LGBTQ+ fiction/TV/film.
Over the past year or so I’ve really tried to consume more LGBTQ+ media as I realised there was a huge gap in my cultural knowledge in that area despite identifying as part of the community myself. I’ve realised how important it is for LGBTQ+ people to see themselves represented and how refreshing it is to read about diverse experiences and groups. Because
of this I’ve read a lot this year but here are my favourites!

  1. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
    I’ve written about this book before on this blog, but it really is worth it. It’s such a beautifully written book with amazing illustrations, cover art and story. Written in poetry, it was also a really fast read- the perfect book to get me back into reading.
    It’s a fresh take on the drag community and black British gay experience aside from the likes of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK and I’d recommend it to anyone.
  2. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
    What a delight this book is! A cross continental gay love story between the prince of England and the American president’s son, what more could you want? The characters were amazing and the story was both an amazing love story and great political/social commentary. I read this book when I was stuck in Peru during the first wave of Covid and it was a well needed comfort.
  3. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
    I’m currently reading this really interesting book where both the main characters receive notice that they will die within 24 hours and end up spending their last day together, even though they’re total strangers. So far, it’s an easy read and I’m excited to see what happens.
  4. Pose
    This is probably one of the best shows I’ve watched in a long time. It has the phenomenal Billy Porter starring alongside some great LGBTQ+ actors like MJ Rodriguez. It’s both funny and heartbreaking at the same time, being set in the New York ball scene at the height of the AIDS crisis. Overall, this is such an important show to watch to educate yourself on the experiences of LGBTQ+ people throughout recent history.
  5. But I’m a Cheerleader!
    This film is a staple of Lesbian film and a cult classic. Starring Natasha Lyonne and Ru Paul Charles, this film is surreal, funny and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Only an hour and a half long, it’s a must watch.
    Happy Pride and happy watching everyone!

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