If you’re a regular Blade reader, you already know that “Fire Island” is about to kick off your Pride Month viewing schedule when it hits Hulu on June 3. But while the gay rom-com directed by Andrew Ahn and written by Joel Kim Booster (who co-stars Bowen Yang and Conrad Ricamora) offers enough clever, funny and gloriously weird entertainment to keep us going all month, there’s also has a whole plethora of queer films and shows hitting our screens in June means film and TV fans have even more to celebrate at the first full-scale Pride in what feels like decades.
Even more exciting, it’s a truly diverse culture, with stories about characters representing every color of the LGBTQIA+ rainbow and covering all the bases, from romance to drama to comedy – a a welcome change from the thin selections we’ve become accustomed to for so long. There are so many that it can even be overwhelming to put together your watchlist. Don’t worry: as always, the Blade is here to help. Here is our list of notable titles that caught our attention:
BLESSING – June 3, in theaters. Siegfried Sassoon was a queer English wordsmith turned soldier who became one of the leading poets of World War I with works that captured the horrors of the battlefield and satirized the false patriotism behind the conflict. Now this British indie, written and directed by master director Terence Davies, follows the young poet (Jack Lowden) through this period of his life, covering his controversial critique of the war, his “marriage of convenience” with a woman ( Kate Phillips), and her recurring affair with famed composer, actor, and matinee idol Ivor Novello (Jeremy Irvine). Big hitters Simon Russell Beale, Peter Capaldi and Gemma Jones also play – but be warned, it’s not a happy story.
NONSENSE – June 7, VOD. From director Joshua Guerci comes this no-holds-barred, “clothing optional” documentary that chronicles 18 months in the life of Baloney – a mostly male, mostly nude and highly erotic San Francisco burlesque troupe that was the brainchild of the queer artist Michael Phillis after he realized that “his worst day as an artist was even better than his best day as a technical lead”. Already a fan favorite at film festivals like LA’s Outfest, this cheeky celebration of sexuality and the LGBTQ life experience also premiered at this year’s DragCon, where it was nominated for Best Documentary.
QUEER AS FOLK – June 9, Peacock. Depending on who you ask, the highly anticipated reimagining of Russell T. Davies’ groundbreaking series might just be the biggest LGBTQ TV event — or biggest mistake — of the year. Both the UK and US versions of the original series have their own legion of fans, and while many of them may have expressed their qualms (to say the least) about a new reboot, the return of the franchise looks set to make some welcome improvements as it reimagines the beloved series for a new era, stepping up its portrayal game with a more diverse assortment of characters than the predominantly white cast of gay men featured by its predecessors. The story follows a group of LGBTQ friends in New Orleans – all played by queer performers in real life – as their lives are turned upside down in the wake of a tragedy. The impressive cast includes Ryan O’Connell, Johnny Sibilly, Devin Way, Jesse James Keitel, Fin Argus, Candace Grave, Benito Skinner, Juliette Lewis and Kim Cattrall. Shaded by old school fans, this one will be essential viewing.
FIRST MURDER – June 10, Netflix. We know we can count on Netflix to deliver ‘gender’ shows with LGBTQ representation, and this sexy new saga of lesbian-leaning vampires looks like a surefire hit with queer horror fans. Based on the first volume of “The Slayer Chronicles” book series by Heather Brewer, the story follows Juliet, a teenage vampire preparing to take her place among her powerful vampire family; for her first kill, she sets her sights on Calliope, a new girl in town, only to discover that her future victim comes from a famous family of vampire hunters. According to the show‘s description, each of these antagonists quickly learns that their adversary is not too easy to defeat, but far too easy to fall in love with. We’re definitely in, and we’re pretty sure you will be too. Imani Lewis, Sarah Catherine Hook, Elizabeth Mitchell, Will Swenson, Aubion Wise, Jason Robert Moore, Gracie Dzienny, Dylan McNamara, Dominic Goodman, Phillip Mullings Jr., MK xyz, Jonas Dylan Allen and Roberto Mendez stars.
LOVE, VICTOR – June 15, Hulu and Disney+. The popular series, inspired by and set in the same universe as Greg Berlanti’s 2018 teen comedy “Love, Simon,” returns for its third and final season to follow its young protagonist – who we last saw ripped apart. between first boyfriend Benji and new love interest Rahim – as he embarks on a journey of self-discovery to decide not just who he wants to be with, but more broadly, who he wants to be with. It’s not an easy process, especially with post-high school plans looming and a whole new set of problems Victor and his friends must solve in order to make the best choices for their future. Michael Cimino, Rachel Hilson, Anthony Turpel, Bebe Wood, Mason Gooding, George Sear, Isabella Ferreira, Mateo Fernandez, Anthony Keyvan, Ava Capri, James Martinez and Ana Ortiz are all back for the show’s 8-episode victory lap .
DEAD END: PARANORMAL PARK – June 16, Netflix. For young LGBTQ viewers, Pride Month brings this very special animated treat, a series based on the graphic novels of award-winning creator Hamish Steele’s horror-comedy graphic novels “Deadendia.” It follows the adventures of Barney, a transgender teenager (voiced by trans actor Zach Barack) who works a summer job at a haunted theme park alongside his friend Norma – and a magical talking dog named Pugsley – while battling the totally real supernatural forces that dwell within. A sardonic thousand-year-old demon named Courtney is their guide as they battle zombie mascots, demonic game show hosts, sleeping witches, and the scariest thing of all – their first crushes! Revolutionary queer representation? For sure. Fun for the whole family? Absolutely. It looks like an overall win for us.
SAVAGE – June 24, Hulu. Another film festival favorite, this entry from Two-Spirit filmmaker Bretten Hannam is a Canadian import that breathes exhilarating new life into the familiar “queer coming of age” genre with a focus on the vastly underrepresented Indigenous community. . It is the story of a Mi’kmaq teenager who runs away from his abusive father, taking his younger half-brother with him as he embarks on a quest to reconnect with his presumed long-dead mother and his native heritage. Along the way, they meet a two-spirited powwow dancer who becomes their guide as they travel through Nova Scotia – and whose obvious attraction to the runaway elder begins to drive him toward self-discovery. different. Honored and awarded at festivals like TIFF, AFI Fest, and Outfest Fusion Film Festival QTBIPOC, this off-the-beaten-path look at the queer experience feels like a must-have for any fan of diverse and authentic LGBTQ+ film, and stars Phillip Lewitski, Avery Winters-Anthony, Joshua Odjick, Joel Thomas Hynes and Michael Greyeyes.