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Summer Goggle Box Binge

Queerlife’s Guide to What to Watch

So the summer holidays are here. You’ve got sunburn and you’re avoiding the masses at the mall. Or maybe you’re feeling just a little queer after the night before and you need to platz in a darkened room in front of the telly.

Here’s your holiday guide to must watch queer themed shows and features online:

SHOWMAX 

  • Tali’s Wedding Diary – From the creators of SuzelleDIY comes a hilarious new mockumentary starring Julia Anastasopoulos as Tali, a Jo’burg princess who moves to Cape Town – and she’s getting married!
  • Living the Dream with Somizi – Watch Somizi living his dream in all its ‘fabulosity’, blood, sweat and bling.
  • Kingdom – This gripping MMA drama starring Nick Jonas as the closeted gay son, sees a family of fighters struggling to keep their gym afloat.
  • The L Word – Ground-breaking series about the lives and loves of a group of women in LA, with all the hook-ups, breakups… and everything in between
  • The Out List – A group of high-profile personalities and celebrities including share their experiences of belonging to the LGBT community in America. Featuring : Dustin Lance Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Larry Kramer, The Lady Bunny, Cynthia Nixon, Jake Shears, Wanda Sykes
  • Jimmy in Pienk – Jimmy’s mielie farm is failing, so an unlikely inheritance from a gay uncle is just what he needs. But to get the money, he’ll need to doll up…
  • Inxeba – The Wound. While travelling to the mountains with a group of young initiates, Xolani’s life is turned upside down when his forbidden love is discovered. Beautifully shot and acted, this compelling drama was South Africa’s official entry to the 2018 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language film.

 Netflix

  • Alex Strangelove – A high school senior plans on losing his virginity to his girlfriend. Things get complicated when he meets a handsome and charming gay kid from the other side of town who unwittingly sends him on a roller-coaster journey of sexual identity.
  • The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin – Documentary traces the life of “Tales of the City” author from his conservative background to his rise as an LGBT rights champion
  • Dancing Queen – Justin Johnson has made a name for himself as drag artist Alyssa Edwards, rising to fame on RuPaul’s Drag Race. But when he’s not on stage performing as Alyssa, he is an accomplished choreographer and dance teacher. He has a lot has on his plate, as he has to juggle his dance life, drag life, family life and love life
  • Elite – When three working-class teens enrol in an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder. Nice gay-subplot and hot male actors.
  • The House of Flowers – The outward perfection of a family-run flower business hides a dark side rife with dysfunctional secrets in this darkly humorous comedy series. Drag Queens, closeted gay son, transitioning son-in-law…how queer can you get?
  • Super Drags – Animated Brazilian series where three gay co-workers at a department store lead double lives as superhero drag queens, fighting evil queen Lady Elza and conservative politico Sandoval.
  • The Feels – Andi and Lu are excited to celebrate their upcoming wedding with a joint bachelorette weekend in wine country. On the first night, things get off to a rocky start when one of the brides admits that she’s never had an orgasm.
  • Duck Butter – Two women, jaded by dishonest and broken relationships, make a pact to spend 24 uninterrupted hours together, having sex on the hour. Their romantic experiment intends to create a new form of intimacy, but it doesn’t quite go as planned.
  • The Danish Girl – A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Their marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s ground-breaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
  • Paris is Burning – This 1998 documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their “house” culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Groups from each house compete in elaborate balls that take cues from the world of fashion.
  • Queer Eye – It’s the “Queer Eye” you know, but with five fresh new faces on a mission to make over Atlanta — and challenge notions of what it means to “be a man.”

OK, enough now. Go play outside!