GaylyPicks - Things you should check out while on lockdown

From films to TV series, books, theatre, games and documentaries, we've got you covered.

GaylyPicks

As our community spends more time at home during this necessary period of social isolation, GCN is here to help you fight the boredom with our GaylyPicks – top tips for how to keep yourself entertained during lockdown.

As well as our GaylyPicks, you can also keep connected to the community with GCN’s In And Out Digital Festival of LGBT+ Creativity on our socials!

TV: I Am Not Okay With This

A young girl looks out a car window as a man drives in the background

Netflix’s darkly quirky show about a teen discovering her sexuality and superpowers at the same time is a true original.

Film: Booksmart

Two teenage girls lean against a row of lockers

If you haven’t seen it already, Booksmart is a hilarious film about two uncool teenagers on a last big night out before college. Anyone who remembers those awkward years of beginning to discover your sexuality will instantly relate.

Series: Tiger King

A man with a mullet dressed in 1980s style clothes leans against a huge tiger

Truth really is stranger than fiction in the Netflix true crime documentary series Tiger King. It’s best to know as little as possible going in to enjoy all the twists and turns, so sit back and take in Exotic Joe and his bizarre world of big cats.

Video Game: Life Is Strange

A computer animated image of two young women dressed in grunge style clothing

The gorgeous video game, Life is Strange, is a moving tale of friendship, love, tragedy and destiny. Player’s choices influence the story, which asks the question: if you could turn back time, how would you use your power?

Book: Paul Takes The Form Of A Mortal Girl

An illustrated book cover with a female face gazing upward, with recommendations written underneath

Looking for a good read? Non-binary author Andrea Lawlor’s award winning novel Paul Takes The Form Of A Mortal Girl is a sexy, playful and wonderfully queer story of love featuring a being who can shift genders at will journeying through 1990’s America.

Film: God’s Own Country

Two men dressed in work clothes lean against a stone wall in the countryside

The 2017 film Gods Own Country, about a lonely young farmer who starts to develop feelings for the migrant worker he’s hired, might seem heavy going as it looks at rural isolation for gay men, but it’s also surprisingly sexy and romantic. Well worth a watch.

Theatre: How To Keep An Alien

A woman wearing glasses holds a bundle of files while standing on a beach

The award-winning Rough Magic production of How to Keep an Alien is entertainment at its best. Written and performed by Sonya Kelly, it was filmed in September 2014 at Project Arts Centre as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. Watch it here.

Podcast: United Ireland

Two laughing hipster women sits on the steps leading up to a building

Una Mullally and Andrea Horan’s podcast @UnitedIrelandPod acts as a sanctuary of calm and collected analysis for anyone feeling overwhelmed but wanting to remain informed.

Documentary: Moving Parts

A country and western style drag queen plays an autoharp

Now available on Netflix, Moving Parts gives an honest insight into the world of drag performer Trixie Mattel at a pivotal time in her career. It also features some of Ireland’s finest drag talent as she visited The George on her European Tour, making it a must see!

Documentary: Paris Is Burning 

A group of black LGBT+ folk all posing and vogueing

No GaylyPicks could be complete without the unforgettable Paris Is Burning is a riveting portrait of NY’s ballroom scene, from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering solace from a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty.

Book: Party Monster

A book cover featuring a male head with a bloody brain on show and ages wings sprouting out of its sides

Seen the film? Nothing can prepare you for the book. James St James’ Party Monster, originally titled Disco Bloodbath, is an insane, and insanely hilarious, look at New York’s original club kids. It has debauchery, horror and murder. And it’s all true.

Podcast: Throwing Shade

A brightly dressed man and woman stand side by side, covering each other's crotches with their hands

Heard the Throwing Shade podcast yet? Well, you’ve got a lot to catch up on! This supremely entertaining podcast featuring comedians Brian Safi and Erin Gibson is a perfect blend of comedy and insight as they discuss everything from pop culture to LGBT+ rights.

Film: Hedwig And The Angry Inch

A drag artist with 1970's style hair holds a microphone and looks wistfully into the distance

Hedwig And The Angry Inch is a true queer classic. Featuring a killer soundtrack and a stunning central performance, this underground musical, about the victim of a botched sex change who becomes a rock star, needs to be seen.

TV: Looking

Three men walk down a city street, chatting and smiling

Often overlooked, this TV series about the lives of gay men in San Francisco deserves another watch. Looking was at times frustrating, romantic and messy, just like life. If you like this, check out creator Andrew Haigh’s gay film classic, Weekend.

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