The future is queer.
We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re appearing on TV more every year! While that might not be the catchiest way to put it, the fact remains that LGBTQ+ representation on the small screen is better than ever.
Although it might have felt like viewers were spoiled for choice when it came to positive LGBTQ+ representation on TV, we still have a long long way to go before the experiences of the entire queer community are portrayed with authenticity on screen.
No pressure then, 2020.
With that in mind, let’s start the year off by looking ahead towards some of the most exciting LGBTQ+ projects – in no particular order – coming our way in the new roaring twenties.
AJ and the Queen
If you can’t love RuPaul, how in the hell are you going to love AJ and the Queen? These are the kind of important questions you should be asking yourself before watching the drag icon’s brand-new show on Netflix when it comes out January 10.
Along with plenty of her squirrel friends from Drag Race, RuPaul will take on her most challenging role yet as a down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America with an 11-year-old sidekick named AJ. Oh, and did we mention that Arrow’s Josh Segarra is playing Mama Ru’s boyfriend? Shantay, you stay, heeeenny.
Drag Race Canada
While that’s just a “werking title” for now, what we do know is that Canada’s version of the sickening reality show will be the first English-language incarnation not to be hosted by RuPaul.
Have no fear though, kitty girls. The first-ever Canadian queen on Drag Race US, Brooke Lynn Hytes, will be reading the new contestants to filth as an official judge on the show, along with some yet-to-be-confirmed additions.
From Glee and American Horror Story to Pose and Scream Queens, Ryan Murphy has done the utmost to make Hollywood as gay as possible, so it’s rather fitting that his next big project is actually titled Hollywood.
Details on Murphy’s latest Netflix venture are scarce right now, but what we do know is that Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) will star in the ’40s-set period piece which has been described as “a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown”.
Jake Picking has been confirmed to play Rock Hudson, the Hollywood icon who lived in the closet during his heyday, so expect to see his story play out to some degree too.
I Am Not Okay With This
Given that The End of the F**king World won’t be returning any time soon, Netflix is filling the void with another graphic novel adaptation in 2020, which is once again based on a Charles Forsman graphic novel helmed by showrunner Jonathan Entwistle.
IT’s Sophia Lillis stars as a teenager navigating school and her sexuality alongside some newfound superpowers too. Think Stranger Things but with a darker edge and more relatable themes of teen angst and hardship.
While Riverdale often sidelines its queer characters to a harmful degree, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina spin-off has been far more inclusive, and that tradition is set to continue in the latest Archie-verse show, Katy Keene.
Given that the show revolves around an aspiring fashion designer in New York City, it would be weird if Katy Keene weren’t queer somehow. With that in mind, it looks like the show’s strongest LGBTQ+ representation will appear in the form of Jonny Beauchamp, who’s set to play a young drag performer called Jorge/Ginger Lopez.
Rupaul’s Drag Race‘s Shangela has been confirmed to appear as Jorge’s rival in season one, so it looks like queer characters might play a more central role in Katy Keene than they ever did on Riverdale.
Set in the same world as the film, Love, Simon‘s small screen version will follow a new student called Victor (Michael Cimino) who reaches out to Simon for help when trying to figure out his own sexuality. Original star Nick Robinson will also return as the show’s narrator.
While many audiences loved Love, Simon, the film lacked diversity in some key areas, so let’s hope that the show rectifies this while still normalising queer teen love stories in a mainstream fashion.