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LGBTQIA+ Themes: 8 Shows with Good Representation You Should Watch Today

In the year 2021, representation is one of the most important issues to look into. No, scratch that, proper representation is what we should strive for. There are several communities out there that are underrepresented or misrepresented in mainstream media and entertainment. The LGBTQIA+ community falls under this category, even in this time and age.

Art and entertainment are two things that are consumed by an audience in large numbers. These also influence society. They mould mindsets and opinions, whether we like it or not. This is why art needs to be responsible? Now, what exactly is responsible art? It is an art that gives these communities a place to express themselves in the right way. It is when people from these communities stee themselves represented in ways they want to be represented. There are many works of entertainment out there that do this effortlessly. We take our job seriously, and we know that we’re here to bring these to your attention. So, there are 8 Shows with LGBTQIA+ themes that you should watch this year without further ado.

1. The Politician

The Politician

The Politician

This is a comedy-drama series that came out in the year 2019. It currently has 2 seasons and is a show that has a huge fan following. It was Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan and is a Netflix original.

The Politician is a  show that you should be watching for several reasons. These reasons may include the show’s stellar storyline, the cast’s breathtaking performance (we’re looking at you, Ben Platt), or, of course, the LGBTQIA+ themes that the makers have managed to include in the show. This series portrays characters exploring their sexual orientations and represents the non-binary community and polyamorous relationships in a heartfelt yet engaging way. If you are looking for a show that would work as a conversation starter regarding these issues, The Politician would be it.

2. Pose

This is a critically acclaimed series that is doing the rounds on the internet for all the right reasons.

The Pose is a musical that has two seasons under its belt so far. It has the following people working on the writing:

  • Ryan Murphy
  • Janet Mock
  • Our Lady J
  • Brad Falchuk
  • Steven Canals
  • Todd Kubrak

The musical plot follows the evolution and growth of a culture that is already well known to man: the ball. The storyline revolves around Donald Trump and his supporters’ rise, and this factor’s effect on said evolution. The focus is on an LGBTQIA+ person called Blanca, who makes her way into the time’s ballrooms. She soon becomes a talented dancer, balancing this and sex work, navigating various real-life issues the community faces.

3. Ratched

You must be severely uninformed if you haven’t heard of this show yet. Sarah Paulson has been claimed as a lesbian icon, and this series cements this sentiment even more.

Ratched is a show that belongs to the horror genre, but the WLW romance here makes us put this on the list of shows you should catch right away. Adapted from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, this story follows Nurse Ratched’s stint at a mental institution of the past. However, she is not all she poses to be – there is a darkness lurking under her facade. But this is not why we are here for it; the series also focuses on Ratched’s WLW relationship. That’s right; the show outlines the possible love story between our shady main character and Gwendolyn Briggs. If this does not persuade you to watch this show right away, we aren’t sure what will! Do the right thing and stream Ratched right away!

4. The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor

Here it is, the same-sex love story all of us have been waiting for. When they dropped, it’s not a ghost story; it’s a love story bit on us; I’m sure we all collectively sobbed like a little kid.

The Haunting series has always had LGBTQIA+ themes with Theo in the first instalment of the show. But with Bly Manor, we see this relationship between Jamie and Dani take the limelight. The show also portrays the relationship in a loving and heartfelt way – making us root for the couple all the way through. This is a show that will make us feel a lot of emotions all at once and will leave us wondering just how the cast has managed to emulate the characters so well. If you’ve not watched The Haunting of Bly Manor yet, now is the time to do it.

5. One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

This family comedy was so well-loved by fans that they all rallied together to bring it back when the original network canceled it. Having now found a new home on the streaming platform Netflix, One Day at a Time currently has four seasons under its belt.

This show is a spin-off of a 1975 series that went by the same name. The series revolves around a Cuban American Army veteran who raises two children as a single mother and her mom. The show has a lesbian icon of our own – Elena. This show is heartwarming and funny and does the representation part of the discussion just right. If you are in for a great sitcom, One Day at a Time is worth checking out.

6. Killing Eve

This show first came out in the year 2018 and became an instant hit. Killing Eve has a runtime of 3 seasons at present. It was Phoebe Waller-Bridge and had Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer as part of the main cast.

This is a comedy-drama and revolves around Eve – who is a talented spy. The show’s main focus is the aftermath of an assignment Eve is tasked with: hunting down a serial killer called Villanelle. They engage in mind games that are extremely entertaining to watch. The show is engaging and provides a storyline that is not only fresh but also detailed. Whatever you think Killing Eve is at this point, the show is more than that. You will know what we mean only when you watch it, so what are you waiting for? Go on!

7. Sex Education

Sex Education

Sex Education

Are you surprised to see this show on the list? No? Yeah, we thought so.

Sex Education is a series that has brought so many themes to the audience. Amongst these themes, we also see several sexual orientations like asexuality that doesn’t really see a lot of proper representation in mainstream entertainment. And for this, we should give the show credit. We really don’t have to ask you to catch the series because every person and their mom has been doing just that ever since it came out. But if, by any chance, you haven’t watched it – this is your cue to do it right away.

8. Euphoria

Euphoria

Euphoria

This is one of those shows that is both underrated and mainstream at the same time. How could that happen, you ask us? Well, we’ve been thinking the same thing too.

Euphoria deals with LGBTQIA+ themes and those relating to issues like drug abuse, domestic abuse, mental health, and a lot more. The show does this in a very empathetic manner, making it palatable to everyone. We do love a series that takes its research seriously, and Euphoria has done that and more. Rue and Jules will be the OTP for many a person, and we really aren’t complaining. If the amazing storytelling, the impeccable acting, and the great background scores don’t give you enough reason to watch this show, then the LGBTQIA+ representation will. With the new season of the show coming out very soon, we urge you to catch Euphoria at the first chance you get. Trust us, and you wouldn’t regret it! We promise!

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I'm Vijayalakshmi Devanathan, a 20-year-old queer writer and journalist. I'm a huge film buff who's also passionate about art, culture, literature and rockabilly. My pronouns are they/them and you can reach out to me at Vijaya@otakukart.com

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