A great and fun book about a guy who road trips with his boyfriend and best friend to NYC to enter a drag queen competition to try and win a college scholarship! It’s beautiful and cheesy and full of love!!
If you’re like me and need some LGBT-positive media to cope with the events in Orlando today, here’s some recommendations:
***This list is ALL things that have prominent LGBT characters that have happy endings. Not including things that are LGBT-positive but include deaths of LGBT characters or otherwise sad endings for the LGBT characters. Feel free to add on***
Movies (most of these are on Netflix):
-GBF: This is literally my go-to feel good movie. It’s all about how gross it is to fetishize gay men and is just so all-around fantastic
-But I’m a Cheerleader: a classic. Potential trigger warnings for conversion therapy, but I can reassure you that the message is against conversion therapy as a practice and the point of the movie is to condemn conversion therapy (also the two girls escape the camp and fall in love in the end so that’s good)
- Pride: Based on a historical event and an amazing feel-good film overall!
-The Birdcage: Starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams. One of my favorites!
-Shortbus: An amazing (and incredibly NSFW due to nudity) movie about sexual exploration. Every queer character lives and has a happy ending
-Imagine Me and You: All the adorable cheesy lesbian content you need, tbh. Also a classic
-Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Some sad parts but ultimately very happy in the end
-Broad City: Ilana, one of the two main characters of the show is openly queer. One of my favorite shows!
-Rupaul’s Drag Race: A reality show, but one of my favorites. Somewhat problematic due to the use of the t-slur a couple of times, but ultimately it isn’t used much and is a good show.
-Orange is the New Black: Incredibly diverse, includes many queer women of color and none of them die (trigger warnings for transphobia scattered about, but the narrative ultimately supports the trans female character despite her struggles shown)
-Sense8: Includes a queer trans woman (played by a trans woman!) and a great couple of two men of color!
-Shadowhunters: one of the main characters, Alec, falls in love with a bisexual warlock named Magnus and they get together by the end of the season!
-The Legend of Korra: nothing too explicitly queer since it’s a children’s show, but by the end two girls end up together, and the creators of the show have been as explicit as possible about them being in love
-Steven Universe: Amazing! Incredibly open about their main lesbian couple and just a great feel good show in general
-Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidtt: An incredibly vibrant and cute show! One of the main characters is a gay black man named Titus and he’s respected within the narrative
-The Real O’Neals: a cute new comedy about an irish catholic kid who comes out to his family (and his family learns to support him)
Books (author’s names in parentheses):
-Carry On (Rainbow Rowell): A perfect fantasy novel with a queer main character who falls in love with his roommate and gets his happy ending. One of my favorite books of all time
-The Mortal Instruments Series (Cassandra Clare): Has some problematic elements (including the author herself) but the representation, especially of the bisexual character, is ultimately well written.
-Drag Teen (Jeffery Self): cute, cute CUTE. I cannot use the word cute enough.
-Boy Meets Boy (David Levithan): Honestly I cannot recommend David Levithan’s work in general enough. Amazing writer and all of his work is lgbt-centric!
-Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz): I debated adding this because it includes the gay-bashing of a queer character (trigger warning for that, by the way), but I ultimately decided to add it because it’s incredibly positive towards the LGBT characters overall, there’s a happy ending where the boys fall in love, and the book is almost entirely populated by people of color. Proceed with caution but do so knowing it’s mostly a happy book and is very positive overall
-Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda (Becky Albertalli): another book where I cannot use the word “cute” enough. wonderful wonderful book!
Sending all of my love to you guys during this time