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LGBTQ2S+ Media Examples with Inclusive Representation

This may be the last day of June, but Pride can be something you continue to celebrate, learn about, and practice activism for all throughout the year. One way to do that is to include it in the different types of media (e.g. books, music, movies, etc.) that you consume on a day-to-day basis. We wanted to put together a list of some different examples of LGBTQ2S+ media representations that are authentic and inclusive, i.e. examples that don’t just feature a tokenistic, white, cisgendered, able-bodied, neurotypical, gay man (which tends to be the most common representation of LGBTQ+ people in modern media). So, here are a few to get you started and to help you keep Pride in the months beyond June:

TV Shows: 

  • Pose 2018 (TV-MA)
  • Ru Paul’s Drag Race (TV-14)
  • Euphoria 2019 (TV-MA)
  • Special 2019 (TV-MA)

Movies:  

  • Rent 2005 (PG 13)
  • Disclosure 2020 (TV-MA)
  • Paris is Burning 1990 (R)
  • Moonlight 2016 (R)

Podcasts: 

  • Living in This Queer Body
  • The Unofficial Expert (E)
  • Queers Next Door (E)
  • Disability After Dark (E)

Books:

Non-fiction:

  • Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton
  • NDN Coping Mechanisms by Billy-Ray Belcourt
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman

 Memoirs:

  • How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
  • A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby 
  • I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves by Ryan O’Connell
  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle

 Fiction: 

  • Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans
  • The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
  • By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery
  • Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg