When Pride rolls around, our schedules are seriously jam-packed. From the pool parties to the parades and all of the other must-attend festivities across Canada, we’re here to tell you that it is totally OK to take the night off and get cozy under your comforter. If you need a night in this Pride month, we rounded up our 18 fave LGBTQ TV show and movies available on Netflix Canada. From our fave feel-good comedy Special to the highly-anticipated new series Tales of the City, based on the famed writings of Armistead Maupin and starring Ellen Page, you’ll want to binge the whole list before Pride Month ends.
Synopsis: A young gay man with cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the life he wants.
Cast: Ryan O’Connell, Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel
Why you should watch it: This semi-autobiographical series, written by and starring Ryan O’Connell, offers both LGBTQ and disabled representation while making you pee-your-pants with laughter. Each episode is less than 20 minutes, so it’s the perfect pick-me-up at the end of a long week.
Synopsis: A New York City grad student moonlighting as a dominatrix enlists her BFF from high school to be her assistant.
Cast: Zoe Levin, Brendan Scannell, Micah Stock
Why you should watch it: Even if leather and whips aren’t your thing, you *have* to give this LOL-worthy comedy a try. Tiff and Pete are the ultimate dominatrix duo that you never knew you needed until now.
One Day at a Time
Synopsis: In a reimagining of the TV classic, a newly single Latina mother raises her teen daughter and tween son with the “help” of her old-school mom.
Cast: Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Todd Grinnell
Why you should watch it: It’s so refreshing to see a sitcom about a Cuban-American family (especially since the 1975 original starred an all-white cast) that is equal parts serious and silly. One of the best parts of the reboot is the family’s empowered feminist teen daughter, Elena Alvarez, who comes out as a queer during the first season of the show and later falls in love with Syd, who is gender non-binary.
Synopsis: Years after getting his girlfriend pregnant, washed-up jock Vince meets his eccentric son Michael and learns about fatherhood, one show tune at a time.
Cast: Anders Holm, Fortune Feimster, Andy Favreau
Why you should watch it: Josie Totah, who plays the hilarious Michale Patel, totally steals every single scene in this show. Totah penned a powerful article in Time last year speaking out about being viewed as gay, and playing gay characters, when in fact identified as a transgender female. In that essay, the young actor who formerly went by the name J.J., reintroduced herself to fans as Josie.
Synopsis: This intense drama charts the ups and downs of married couple Stef and Lena Adams Foster and their family comprised of biological, adopted and foster children.
Cast: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Jake T. Austin
Why you should watch it: Over five seasons, the beautiful, blended Adams Foster family explores sexual identity, queer relationships and shows that love truly can conquer all.
Synopsis: In this adult animated series, three gay co-workers lead double lives as drag queen superheroes, saving the LGBTQ community from evil nemeses.
Cast: Fernando Mendonça, Sérgio Cantú, Wagner Follare
Why you should watch it: If The Powerpuff Girls were crime-fighting drag queens, this show would be it. So, need we say more?
Synopsis: Snatching trophies. Getting gorgeous. Turning it up. Alyssa Edwards rules the dance studio by day, and the drag world by night.
Why you should watch it: Two words: Alyssa Edwards (a.k.a Justin Dwayne Lee Johnson). Nuff said. If you *live* for dance shows (so all of us), you’ll fall in love with the oh-so extra costumes, stellar routines and of course… the intense competition.
Synopsis: Inexperienced Otis channels his sex therapist parents when he teams up with rebellious Maeve Wiley to set up an unofficial sex therapy clinic at school.
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa
Why you should watch it: This boundary-breaking show get *real* about sex struggles (read: vaginal insecurity, performance anxiety, loosing your virginity and more). Otis may be the star, but the real standout of this series is his best friend Eric Effiong, who is navigating his identity within his religious African family.
Please Like Me
Synopsis: After his girlfriend dumps him, 20-something Josh realizes he’s gay. What follows is a delightfully honest and awkward series as Josh begins dating men, while also caring for his mother who suffers from depression.
Cast: Josh Thomas, Thomas Ward, Debra Lawrance
Why you should watch it: This award-winning Australian comedy, with dark undertones and some serious #realtalk about mental health, is refreshing and an easy weekend-long binge that will have you laughing and crying along with creator and star Josh Thomas. If you don’t tune in for the witty banter, definitely check this series out for Thomas’ on-screen and IRL dog, John, who totally steals the show.
Synopsis: It’s 1996 in a town called Boring, where high school misfits in the AV and drama clubs brave the ups and downs of teenage life in the VHS era.
Cast: Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Peyton Kennedy, Patch Darragh
Why you should watch it: You’ll feel major ’90s nostalgia from the soundtrack (Alanis Morissette! Weezer! Oasis!) to the clothing (slap bracelets, baby tees, the works!). Plus, one of the comedy’s key storylines follows high school sophomore Kate as she explores her sexual identity.
Synopsis: An all-new Fab Five advise “heroes” on fashion, grooming, food, culture and design in this modern reboot of the Emmy Award-winning reality series.
Why you should watch it: Between Jonathan Van Ness’ GIF-worthy expressions (see: “can you believe?”) to Antoni Porowski’s on-point advice, this feel-good makeover show needs to be watched with a box of kleenex to wipe away your happy tears. Tbh, the important conversations about race, gender and sexuality are reason enough to binge it, like ASAP.
Paris Is Burning
Synopsis: This Sundance prize-winning documentary is an intimate portrait of 1980s Harlem drag balls: a world of fierce competition and survival.
Why you should watch it: It truly feels like you’re stepping back in time while watching this raw and incredibly important film. Step into the world created by the resilient queens of the late-80s ball scene who fought for their identities, while finding a sense of community with each other.
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Synopsis: Celebrity drag queen RuPaul hosts this elimination-style reality contest that’s one part America’s Next Top Model and two parts fabulous.
Cast: RuPaul Charles, Santino Rice, Michelle Visage
Streaming: Yes, but only the first two seasons, but you can watch the full show here
Why you should watch it: Despite RuPaul’s offensive comments and his narrow representation of drag queens, this OTT reality show is truly iconic for so many reasons. From the hilarious queens that have us cry-laughing 24/7 (can we talk about Laganja Estranja’s iconic death drop for a quick sec?) to their equally magnificent costumes, there’s a reason this show is a hit.
Synopsis: When the headliner at a drag bar refuses to perform, a young newcomer makes his debut while backstabbing queens fling insults behind the curtain.
Cast: Allusia Alusia, Misty Violet, Tempest DuJour
Why you should watch it: This laugh-out-loud comedy, starring Caldwell Tidicue, a.k.a Bob The Drag Queen, is wildly outlandish and will have you hooked until the very end. If you’re in the mood for something lighthearted and equally extra (in the best way possible), this film is a must-binge.
Synopsis: From the creators of The Matrix and Babylon 5 comes this tense series in which eight people can telepathically experience each other’s lives.
Cast: Tuppence Middleton, Brian J. Smith, Bae Doona
Why you should watch it: The show scores major points for trans representation with director and co-creator Lana Wachowski, who wrote the character of Nomi Marks off of her personal experiences. Plus, Nomi is *actually* played by a trans actress (the ridiculously talented Jamie Clayton), which is often a rarity in the entertainment industry. And don’t even get us started on Marks and her girlfriend Amanita (Freema Agyeman) who are freakin’ adorable.
Synopsis: A wealthy married woman and a female department store clerk begin a forbidden affair in the 1950s that leads to both heartache and liberating joy.
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Why you should watch it: Aside from the beautiful chemistry between Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchette, this is a must-watch film for the vintage costumes and stunning cinematography by director Todd Haynes.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Synopsis: As she fights the tide of violence against trans women, activist Victoria Cruz probes the suspicious 1992 death of her friend Marsha P. Johnson.
Why you should watch it: This chilling documentary reexamines the death of LGBTQ activist and self-identified drag queen Marsha P. Johnson and sheds light on the systemic violence against trans women today. Johnson was known as “the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement” because of her tireless activism for the queer community throughout her life, from the Stonewall riots to her suspicious death.
Orange Is The New Black
Synopsis: A privileged New Yorker ends up in a women’s prison when a past crime catches up with her in this Emmy-winning series from the creator of Weeds.
Cast: Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon
Streaming: Yes with the final season premiering on July 26
Why you should watch it: From Alex and Piper’s on-and-off-again relationship to the incomparable Laverne Cox as Sophia, a trans woman fighting for her rights within the prison system, this popular drama offers a multi-dimensional representation of LGBTQ women. Plus, we still think about how smokin’ hot Stella Carlin (played by Ruby Rose) is *swoons.*
Tales of the City
Synopsis: Returning to San Francisco after a long absence, Mary Ann Singleton reunites with the colourful community of characters at 28 Barbary Lane.
Cast: Laura Linney, Ellen Page, Olympia Dukakis
Streaming: Drops on June 7
Why you should watch it: Based on the fact that we starting tearing up from the trailer alone, this gem is already saved on our Netflix queue. The brand new series—starring Canadian icon Ellen Page—captures the beauty of community, chosen family and celebrating your own identity.
Elisa & Marcela
Synopsis: In 1901 in Galicia, Spain, Elisa Sánchez Loriga adopts a male identity in order to marry another woman, Marcela Gracia Ibeas. Based on true events.
Cast: Natalia de Molina, Greta Fernández, Sara Casasnovas
Streaming: Drops on June 7
Why you should watch it: Historical drama meets forbidden romance in this buzz-worthy black-and-white flick. You’ll get an intimate look at how Elisa and Marcela broke the law and defied societal expectations to be together—and it will make you appreciate just how far we’ve come.