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The 10 best LGBTQI+ TV shows and movies you need to watch ASAP.

Marginalised voices have long been under-represented in pop culture and beyond. 

For years, LGBTQI+ movies were confined to alternative movie theatres with low production budgets and even lower promotional value. 

But times are a 'changing. 

Raising LGBTQI+ voices to sit at the centre of TV shows and movies has profound effects on audiences and their ability to empathise and understand stories different from their own.

They also provide a refreshing change from the white-washed, hetero-centric narratives that plague typical television services.

So, we've compiled a list of our favourite feel good, conversation-starting, and historical LGBTQI+ TV shows and movies.

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From Stan's It's A Sin to Netflix's Sex Education, here's our complete list:

It's A Sin

Olly Alexander and Nathaniel Hall as Richie and Donald in It’s A Sin. Image: Stan.  

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It's A Sin is a five-part Stan drama series that follows five friends living together in London at the start of the 1980s. 

Spanning across a decade, the series focuses on London's vibrant gay scene as the scene is turned upside down by the AIDS crisis.

Created by Russell T Davies, the series stars the likes of Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Fry as well as newcomers Olly Alexander, Callum Scott Howells, and Omari Douglas.

It's a groundbreaking series that illustrates a particularly difficult time in history, making it a must watch. 

Where to watch it: Stan

The L word

Image: The L Word.

The L Word follows a group of friends living in LA. 

The characters date, question their sexuality, consider having families, hook up and break up over six seasons, so there's plenty of lesbian-centric content to keep you going for weeks. 

There was also a follow-up series The L Word: Generation Q, which dropped in 2019, so if you love it, there is plenty more where that came from!

Where to watch it: Stan

Queer Eye

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Queer Eye is a heartwarming reality TV series that follows a group of gay men, known as the Fab Five, as they makeover everyday people across America (and the world!).

There's Antoni Porowski, the food and wine extraordinaire, Tan France, the fashion expert, Karamo Brown, who teaches all things culture and lifestyle, Bobby Berk, the design expert, and Jonathan Van Ness, the grooming expert.

It's extremely bingeable, and it highlights diversity in all its wonderful glory.

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Where to watch it: Netflix

Love Simon

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Love Simon premiered at the 2018 US Mardi gras Film Festival, so if you haven't seen it yet, this is the year to check it out.

The film follows the life of Simon, a closeted gay teen who meets another anonymous closeted gay teen from his school online.

But when another student discovers Simon's secret, he threatens to out him to the entire school.

It's a classic, coming-of-age teen film – and the perfect weekend watch.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Sex Education

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Sex Education is a British coming-of-age series about adolescence, sex and everything in between. 

In particular, season two of the series touches on sexuality in a revolutionary way with several main characters having complex storylines like love triangles (a device typically saved for heterosexual relationships in pop culture) and aptly, diverse sex education.

Honestly, it should be required viewing for all teens.

Where to watch it: Netflix

RuPaul's Drag Race

RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality TV series that sees 12 drag queens compete for the title of America's Drag Superstar. Oh, and $100,000 prize money.

Contestants compete in different challenges each week, mentored and judged by international drag stars. 

To give you an idea of what you're in store for:

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There's 13 seasons, so you'll be set for a good few weeks. 

Plus, with RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under coming to Stan this year, it's the perfect time to watch it.

Where to watch it: Stan

You Me Her

American–Canadian comedy-drama series You Me Her follows a suburban couple as they enter a three-way relationship with another woman.

Jack and Emma are 30-somethings in a stale marriage when they see start seeing part-time escort Izzy Silva separately. When they both fall in love with her, they try to make a polyamorous relationship work.

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For a whole new view on romance, check out You Me Her.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Glee

Glee is a teen dramedy series that tackles all the diverse issues of a typical American high school glee club, and it is truly a delightful watch.

It's heartwarming, touching and heartbreaking throughout as characters not only deal with coming out, but also a whole range of issues from bullying to mental health.

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Where to watch it: Netflix

A Secret Love

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A Secret Love is a documentary that follows the relationship of Pat Henschel and Terry Donahue, women who fell in love in 1947, and have spent 65 years facing prejudice as a same-sex couple.

The pair kept their relationship secret for most of their lives, but lived their days out together in a nursing home. 

Have the tissues ready, this documentary will have you in all your feels. 

Where to watch it: Netflix

The Half of It

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The Half of It is a coming of age drama that follows teen Ellie Chu as she makes extra money by doing classmate's homework for them.

Then, a boy from her class enlists her services to write a love letter to his crush, Aster.

The pair start communicating on his behalf, and Ellie develops a crush on Aster. Think To All the Boys I've Loved Before with a LGBT twist.

It's a sweet high school movie when you're looking for some light, romantic comedy.

Where to watch it: Netflix

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