Netflix’s new LGBTQ section is a little bit lacklustre when it comes to bisexual/lesbian representation that isn’t cringey. With endless films about sultry looking women, sometimes it can be hard to find something to watch that isn’t terrible.
Picture this. It’s Saturday night. Rather than go out and socialise, you’ve chosen Netflix (great choice. You’re already winning). You go to the LGBTQ section and SUDDENLY you realise that non-cheesy or stereotypically butch lesbians aren’t as easy to come by as you’d think. But fear not! Below is a list of TV shows and films that feature nothing but top quality lesbians and bisexuals just doing their thing. So follow me down this very gay looking rabbit hole and actually enjoy watching something brilliant about ladies who dig ladies.
Is sci-fi your deal? How about clones? Badass, feminist icons-in-the-making fighting for their identities? Okay, well what if I say that one of the clones is a lesbian? And that her relationship with the very blonde, very French Delphine is probably one of the best representations of a lesbian relationship on screen? Plus, the chemistry between actresses Tatiana Maslany (who plays over 12 roles in the show. Seriously.) and Evelyne Brochu is so watchable, it’s hard not to love these two. Fair warning: once you go Orphan Black, you don’t go back.
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black, also known as Gay of Thrones, follows Piper Chapman’s misadventures in an all female prison. It’ll make you laugh, fall in love with a cast of brilliantly crafted characters and break your heart, all in the space of one episode. Also, lesbians everywhere.
Easy- Episode 2 (Vegan Cinderella)
Easy is an anthology series, with each episode following a different couple’s sexual encounter. Episode 2, Vegan Cinderella, is one for all you vegan queens out there. The episode looks at what it’s like when a bacon loving lesbian falls for a vegan, and makes for a really fun watch. You might even want to get on board the vegan express by the end of it.
After only one season of the show Netflix have pulled the switch on Gypsy, but the season that’s there is a lot of fun. The show falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum between brill and stupid, but it’s worth the watch. Naomi Watts’erface stars as Jean Holloway, a therapist with who infiltrates the lives of her patients. Things get steamy when Sidney shows up. She’s young, cool and in a band so OF COURSE she turns Jean Holloway gay. Jean Hollogay, in fact.
Sense8 is the trippy beloved sci-fi drama that has been the talk of the queer community for a while now. The show follows 8 sensates, people from different parts of the world who share a connection like no other. One of these sensates is Nomi, a trans woman with a very flippin’ cool girlfriend (she’s got dreadlocks okay?). The show makes for a great binge watch, and LGBT representation is front and centre throughout.
Wynonna Earp keeps the underlying theme of this article up: sci-fi lesbians. Nicole Haught and Waverly Earp are the show’s very cute/gorgeous/adorable (you get the idea) couple who also kick a lot of supernatural ass. They also win the award for the best ship name: Wayhaught.
How To Get Away With Murder
Annalise Keating is a bisexual badass. Simple as.
Black Mirror- San Junipero
Black Mirror is the kind of show that you watch in sweats, and come away from feeling suspicious of any and all technology around you. In season 3, the anthology series surprised everyone with the gem that is San Junipero. One of the only uplifting episodes of the show, San Junipero has taken on a life of it’s own. It tells the story of gangly, awkward, ginger Yorkie as she falls for the big-haired, vivacious Kelly. Warning: it might just break your heart.
The story of two best friends, one of whom is a closeted lesbian who hasn’t told the other that she’s gay. This buddy comedy/coming of age film is a lot of fun, and when you’re done you can go and binge the on-screen duo’s lesbian vampire web-series Carmilla.
If you fancy a bit of a sob-fest Freeheld is the way to go. Ellen Page and Julianne Moore play real-life couple Laurel Hester (Moore), a police officer in New Jersey, and Stacie Andree (Page), her partner who has been diagnosed with cancer. A tender film, Freeheld is a must-see. Plus, Ellen Page. ‘Nuff said.
A bisexual Persian Brooklynite (try say that 3 times fast) is the star of this comedy. The film follows our leading lady as she tries to come to terms with her and her girlfriend’s recent breakup. Spoiler alert: she’s not doing great. Desiree Akhavan wrote, directed and stars in this brilliant film about sexuality and finding yourself. Seriously, go check it out.
Below Her Mouth
I’ll be honest with you; Below Her Mouth is a tricky one. The best way to put it is that you come for the drama, but stay for the sex scenes. It’s an interesting take on probably one of the strangest tropes of movies about lesbians; girl meets girl who’s already engaged or married to a guy, but wait! She’s just had a sudden realisation! Ladies!
So there you have it. Now go disappear into Netflix for a few days, we’ll see you on the other side!
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