Despite recent milestones achieved by films like Moonlight and Love, Simon, only 12.8 percent of the 109 major releases surveyed from 2017 included LGBTQ+ characters. But it’s also been a rewarding time for queer indie media, as evidenced by big networks like HBO, which recently picked up Brown Girls for a well-deserved TV adaptation.
While organizations like GLAAD push for more inclusion on Hollywood’s big screens, we’ve rounded up six LGBTQ+ web series to get into for your next binge session right now.
Set in a gentrifying Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, 195 Lewis chronicles the relationship of two Black lesbian women as they navigate their newly polyamorous relationship. Written, produced, directed, and performed by a team of majority Black, queer-identified women, the dramedy series premiered in 2016 and was the recipient of the 2017 BlackStar Film Festival US Narrative Audience Award.
Before being picked up by HBO for its TV adaptation, Brown Girls was one of the internet’s most-talked-about web shows. Written by Fatimah Asghar and directed by Samantha Bailey, the comedy series spotlights two friends—a queer Pakistani-American writer and a sex-positive Black-American musician—whose sisterhood keeps their heads in place as they figure out their mid-twenties.
Produced by Novo Novus Productions— “an award winning multimedia production focused on producing film, web, and theatre content that highlights the LGBTQ community of color“—Drama Queenz follows Jeremiah, an aspiring actor, and his two roommates through Queens, N.Y. The series is currently in its third season and has garnered multiple honors, including being named an official selection at Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival.
Love Sick The Series actually originated in Thailand, but you can currently watch it online with subtitles. The 2014 LGBT drama tells the story of two boys who date to throw off an overbearing father and eventually fall in love for real. It’s based on the Thai BL novel LOVE SICK: The Chaotic Lives of Blue Shorts Guys and can be streamed via YouTube.
McTucky Fried High is an LGBTQ+ inclusive web series made with kids in mind. As described on the show’s official website, the show was designed to empower viewers by tackling topics you don’t see in mainstream cartoons like coming out, gender identity, race, feminism, and more.
Named one of Pride‘s Best New LGBT Web Series of 2016, The ‘Other’ Love Story is India’s first-ever same-sex web series. It follows two college girls through ’90s Bangalore as their budding romantic relationship evolves over the course of 12 episodes.