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LGBTQ TV & Movies
Charlize Theron’s bisexual-spy thriller, Ricky Martin like you’ve never seen him before, and more; Here’s your guide to what’s coming in queer entertainment this year.
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Trailblazer Honors (June 23, 9 p.m., Logo and VH1)
As political tensions rise in the land of the red, white, and blue, Logo is celebrating every color of the rainbow with its fourth annual Trailblazer Honors, which recognize leaders in the ongoing fight for equality. Pop star and activist Cyndi Lauper will be honored this year.
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The Fosters (July 11, 8 p.m., Freeform)
In season 5 of this family drama, teenager Callie will explore her romance with Aaron, a transgender male, while her younger brother, Jude, continues his relationship with Noah. And all this will happen under the watchful eye of their adoptive moms, Stef and Lena, whose solid marriage defines #relationshipgoals.
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Atomic Blonde (July 28)
Charlize Theron goes undercover as a bisexual MI6 spy who heads to Berlin at the height of the Cold War. When she’s not busy beating up bad guys, she strikes up a steamy love affair with a French spy, played by The Mummy’s Sofia Boutella.
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Difficult People (Aug. 8, Hulu)
Everyone’s favorite bitchy cynic Billy (Billy Eichner) has finally found love! In season 3, John Cho has a recurring role as Todd, Billy’s first real boyfriend.
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Beach Rats (Aug. 25)
Eliza Hittman’s Sundance indie stars Harris Dickinson as a bored Brooklyn teen who spends his days hanging out with friends and smoking weed at the Coney Island boardwalk. But by night, he goes cruising online for older men as he slowly begins to explore his sexuality.
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Will & Grace (Fall, NBC)
It may be a reboot of a 19-year-old sitcom, but the new iteration of Will & Grace will feel as relevant today as the show did in 1998, when a series about a gay man (Eric McCormack) living with his straight female friend (Debra Messing) seemed like a risky, revolutionary idea for network TV. The new 12-episode series will reunite Will and Grace with megalomaniacal Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) and flaming Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes), and will be set in our current era.
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One Mississippi (Fall, Amazon)
Lesbian comedian Tig Notaro went semiautobiographical for the noir comedy’s first season, which followed a woman recovering from breast cancer as she grieves the death of her mom. But the candid comic is moving more toward fiction in season 2, where she’ll combine her trademark dry humor with poignant new narratives.
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Battle of the Sexes (Sept. 22)
Emma Stone and Steve Carell play Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in a comedy-drama that looks not only at their legendary 1973 tennis match, but at King’s off-court struggle with her sexuality.
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Axolotl Overkill (Fall)
Helene Hegemann was a teenager when she published a 2010 novel about a self-destructive 16-year-old who strikes up a relationship with an older woman. Seven years later, Hegemann, now 25, has turned her novel into her feature-directing debut, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is available on demand this fall.
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God's Own Country (Oct. 27)
This intimate, striking drama from first-time feature director Francis Lee was immediately dubbed the British Brokeback Mountain when it debuted at Sundance this year. The story follows an English farmer and a Romanian migrant worker — during spring lambing season in Yorkshire, no less — as they embark on an intense relationship.
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Call Me by Your Name (Nov. 24)
Adapted from André Aciman’s acclaimed 2007 novel, this gorgeous coming-of-age drama from director Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash) explores the budding relationship between 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and 24-yearold scholar Oliver (Armie Hammer) over one Italian summer in 1983.
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The Ricky Martin Project (TBD, VH1)
He’s still livin’ la vida loca: The Latin pop heartthrob offers an unprecedented peek into his personal and professional life, with insight into everything from his Las Vegas residency to his role as a father of two.