Television has become a bold platform for queer representation over the last few decades. As we’ve struggled for equality and basic human rights, our stories have gradually made their way to the mainstream. From Will and Grace to Glee to Orange is the New Black, our favorite shows have not shied away from diversity.
But even in 2017, there’s still only so much Fox and NBC will show. And now that we’re deep into the digital age, a myriad of queer content is in the palm of our hands. Artists and creators have quit asking for permission from the big networks and have started bringing their own stories to life.
This series tells the story of two young women of color. Leila is a South Asian-American writer who’s embracing her queerness. Patricia is a black musician who has issues with commitment. Their friendship is what helps them through their chaotic 20s.
This campy extravaganza features some of Seattle’s most iconic drag queens. It centers around Roses Smell, a young woman from Portland who moves to Seattle, where she lands a gig as a TV host. But even with her success, her Portlandian past keeps coming back to haunt her.
Danny the Manny
Danny is a struggling actor in his 20s who takes a babysitting job for a precocious kid named Quinn. When he discovers the young boy’s affinity for cross-dressing, he wonders if it’s his attempt to express his young queerness or just a phase. Unsure how to handle the situation, Danny fosters the child’s curious experimentation.
Cal and Thom are a young gay couple living in the hip Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake. When Cal discovers Thom’s infidelity, their relationship is turned upside down. As they continue to test the strengths of their relationship, they rely on their equally chaotic group of friends to help them through it.
The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo
Caleb Gallo and his friends are a confident group of young Angelinos who push the boundaries of their sexualities and identities. As they experiment with each other, they put their relationships to the test. This witty ensemble is completed with the hilarious presence of a gender-fluid character named Freckle.
Go-Go Boy Interrupted
Danny is a gay man in LA approaching his 30s. As he deals with sex, drugs, and adulthood, he loses his job as a go-go boy. He soon finds that the gay community is not so friendly to his newfound age group.
Violet and Paige are two trans women in LA who are unlucky in love. But when Violet meets Allie and Paige meets James, they have to decide if they’ll let their identities get in the way of their new relationships.
This series follows a young gay man named Alex, living in New York. As he and his friends navigate their professional and romantic lives, he starts a secret blog about his sexual exploits. Recently single, he uses the outlet to explore his newfound independence.
The ‘Other’ Love Story
Aadya and Aachal are two young women in 1990s India. Before the inclusivity and representation of the digital age, they manage to fall in love. Amid the stigma from their society, will love prevail?
Mitchell and Oona are two cynical New Yorkers and best friends who’ve recently become single. As they struggle to let go of the past and create new relationships, their exes continue to pop up in their lives.